Tory MP who said food bank users ‘can’t cook properly’ voted backbencher of year by party members

Lee Anderson beat 180 other MPs put forward by Tory voters for the accolade, including Boris Johnson

Emily Atkinson
Tuesday 27 December 2022 22:02 GMT
Tory MP claims there is no 'massive use' for food banks in UK

Conservative party members have crowned Lee Anderson “backbencher of the year” after he said people only use food banks because they are unable to cook or budget “properly”.

The MP for Ashfield beat 180 other backbenchers put forward by Tory voters for the accolade – earning 54 of 553 total votes.

The annual Conservative Home survey saw former prime minister Boris Johnson win 35 votes, ex-Cabinet minister Jacob Rees-Mogg earn 32, former PM Theresa May and MP John Redwood gain 29 respectively, and Sir Graham Brady win 22.

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