Ready for The Rumble in The (Westminster) Jungle? Blunt-talking ’30p Lee’ Anderson ‘challenges Stop Brexit Man Steve Bray to a fight’… just a week after he ripped the activist’s hat off and branded him a ‘parasite and scrounger’
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Red wall Tory MP ’30p Lee’ Anderson has challenged anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray to a boxing match in aid of charity.
The MP for Ashfield – who yesterday was accused of using his young staffer Katy Couthup as a political football - has challenged the protester to a fight.
A week earlier, Mr Bray had approached the 56-year-old MP when the controversial Tory snatched his hat during a heated confrontation in Westminster. Mr Anderson described the protester as a ‘parasite and a scrounger’.
Mr Anderson, speaking to Chopper’s Political Podcast said: ‘He had a go at my weight. This is a man who is quite clearly out of condition. I’m trying to do something about it, but here is a challenge.
Stop Brexit man Steve Bray confronted Tory MP ’30p Lee’ Anderson in Westminster last week
The MP for Ashfield, right, has challenged Mr Bray, left, to a boxing match
‘He is a nuisance. And I’ve got a challenge for him: Meet me in the boxing ring. Let’s do three rounds. And if I win, he never protests out there again. And if he wins, I’ll go protest with him.’
Mr Bray told the Telegraph that he would consider the challenge.
Steve Bray has been a constant irritant to Tory ministers and MPs and is widely known as Stop Brexit Man.
He often arrives in Westminster wearing a distinctive hat and had used a megaphone to shout ‘Stop Brexit’ during live TV interviews on College Green, disrupting broadcasts.
In November 2018, Mr Bray barracked Jacob Rees-Mogg who had announced he had just written a letter to the 1922 Committee calling for a vote of no confidence in the then Prime Minister, Theresa May.
In May 2022, Dudley North MP Marco Longhi said Mr Bray should be ‘locked up in the Tower with a loudspeaker playing Land Of Hope and Glory on repeat at maximum volume’.
He complained his Westminster staff could not hear ‘distressed constituents on the phone’.
In June 2022, the government passed legislation allowing police to seize his amplifiers as part of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act.
Part of the act was modified to deal with noisy protests.
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’30p Lee’ Anderson MP challenges Stop Brexit man Steve Bray to a boxing match