CREDIT: David Rose for the Telegraph

Calls for dismissing Deputy Chairman Lee Anderson are growing after he threatened to rebel against the government’s aid policy in Rwanda. Anderson, MP for Ashfield and a Sky News presenter criticized the plan to declare Rwanda a safe country for asylum seekers, accusing Sunak of betrayal. In an interview, Anderson used profanity towards asylum seekers and expressed frustration with those opposing the government’s stance.

Despite criticism, Sunak defended the treaty with Rwanda, aligning it with the Windsor Framework principles. Sunak, facing questions about disciplining Anderson, emphasized the expectation for high standards of conduct. Anderson, known for controversial views, has been influential in Sunak’s appeal to red-wall voters.

Anderson’s constituents expressed dismay over his remarks, questioning his credibility and suitability. Opposition parties, human rights groups, and aid organizations condemned Anderson’s comments as racist and xenophobic, urging Sunak to reconsider the aid policy.

Rwanda, facing challenges, hosts refugees and receives aid from the UK. Critics argue the policy may expose asylum seekers to risks and damage the UK’s humanitarian reputation. Sunak claims the policy is fair, firm, and compassionate, emphasizing Rwanda’s commitment to safe conditions. However, implementation, costs, and impact on existing aid commitments remain unclear.

Facing challenges at home and abroad, Sunak’s leadership is scrutinized. The cost-of-living crisis, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the climate emergency pose significant challenges. Despite speculation of a leadership challenge, Sunak dismisses rumors, focusing on delivering his agenda. The aid policy is expected to face a parliamentary vote, uncertain about party support.

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