Conservative MP Lucy Allan suspended for backing Reform UK candidate | Conservatives

The Conservative MP Lucy Allan has been suspended from the party after declaring she will endorse Reform UK at the general election, delivering another setback to Rishi Sunak and his stumbling campaign. The MP for Telford, who revealed last year that she was stepping down, faced suspension from the Conservatives after publishing a tweet stating she would support her local Reform candidate in the upcoming race. Richard Tice, the Reform UK leader, expressed his appreciation for Allan’s backing, as the Conservative MP shared a link to the website of Alan Adams, the party’s local candidate, encouraging individuals to assist and contribute to his campaign. The Conservative party announced her suspension. “Lucy Allan has been suspended from the party with immediate effect,” a spokesperson stated. “The residents of Telford now have the opportunity to vote for a committed and diligent new candidate who will prioritize Telford. A vote for Reform is a vote for Keir Starmer.” Allan mentioned she had already resigned from the Conservatives to back Adams instead of the Tory candidate, Hannah Campbell. Allan explained: “I have resigned from the Conservative party to support Alan Adams for Telford’s next MP. I have known Alan for many years, and he is truly the best person for the role. I want the best for Telford and I can’t just stand by and let the Labour candidate win uncontested.” She secured Telford in 2019 with a majority of 10,941, but in 2017 the Conservatives won by only 720, and she first claimed the seat in 2015 with a majority of 730.

Allan is the second Tory MP to announce their support for Reform after Lee Anderson, the former deputy chair, aligned with Tice’s party this year. He had been suspended from the Tories for refusing to retract comments saying Labour’s London mayor, Sadiq Khan, was influenced by Islamists. Reform sources confirmed that Allan had communicated with the party about supporting them. Her endorsement will benefit Reform, which has been polling over 10% but encountered a setback last week when Nigel Farage declared he would not run for the party. The former Ukip leader made his statement on X hours before the Reform leader, Richard Tice, inaugurated the party’s general election campaign at a press conference in London. Farage tweeted: “I have extensively contemplated whether I should run in the approaching general election. As honorary president of Reform UK, I fully support Richard Tice’s leadership and urge voters to place their confidence in him and Lee Anderson [the party’s sole MP]. I will contribute my efforts to the campaign, but it isn’t the right moment for me to take further action.”

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