Anna Soubry launches personal attack on ‘delusional’  Theresa May

Anna Soubry has launched a furious personal attack on Theresa May, accusing her of being ‘delusional’ and of ‘having a problem with immigration‘.

The Broxtowe MP cut loose just hours after resigning her membership of the Conservative Party to join the new Independent Group of defectors.

But she faced a personal backlash today as she hosted a live radio phone-in on LBC.

Two people claiming to be constituents slammed her decision to quit the Tories over Brexit, branding her ‘two-faced’ and ‘rude’.

Ms Soubry was among three ex-Tory MPs to quit the party yesterday to put boosters under the new Independent Group as it attempts to tear up the Westminster party system.

Anna Soubry (pictured today hosting on LBC) has launched a furious personal attack on Theresa May, accusing her of being 'delusional' and of 'having a problem with immigration'

Anna Soubry (pictured today hosting on LBC) has launched a furious personal attack on Theresa May, accusing her of being 'delusional' and of 'having a problem with immigration'

Anna Soubry (pictured today hosting on LBC) has launched a furious personal attack on Theresa May, accusing her of being ‘delusional’ and of ‘having a problem with immigration’

Mrs May's said the Prime Minister (pictured last night in Brussels) was committed to a post-Brexit immigration system that 'takes back control of our borders and allows us to continue to let in the brightest and best'

Mrs May's said the Prime Minister (pictured last night in Brussels) was committed to a post-Brexit immigration system that 'takes back control of our borders and allows us to continue to let in the brightest and best'

Mrs May’s said the Prime Minister (pictured last night in Brussels) was committed to a post-Brexit immigration system that ‘takes back control of our borders and allows us to continue to let in the brightest and best’

She told Newsnight: ‘The only reason why she will not agree to the single market is because of free movement of people.

‘And I think what’s really worried me about Theresa, and she has history in the Home Office that supports this, because I’m an old barrister, I look at the evidence, and I think she’s got a problem with immigration.

‘I really, honestly do.’

In a separate interview with The Times Red Box podcast, Ms Soubry attacked again: ‘I think she’s in a bad place. That’s the truth of it.

‘I don’t mean this in a cruel way but I think she is absolutely delusional about the situation that she and the country is in.’ 

Mrs May’s spokesman dismissed the attack on immigration, insisting the Prime Minister was committed to a post-Brexit immigration system that ‘takes back control of our borders and allows us to continue to let in the brightest and best’.

Ms Soubry came under sustained criticism during today’s appearance on LBC.

A man called Neil said he lived in her Broxtowe constituency. He said: ‘Madam, people like you disgust me frankly. You’re out to derail Brexit. You’re being duplicitous, you’re being two-faced!

‘I’m very angry about people like you. The largest democratic thing to ever happen in this country and people like you are trying to derail Brexit.’

Ms Soubry was among three ex-Tory MPs to quit the party yesterday to put boosters under the new Independent Group as it attempts to tear up the Westminster party system

Ms Soubry was among three ex-Tory MPs to quit the party yesterday to put boosters under the new Independent Group as it attempts to tear up the Westminster party system

Ms Soubry was among three ex-Tory MPs to quit the party yesterday to put boosters under the new Independent Group as it attempts to tear up the Westminster party system

Neil accused her of having ‘done the dirty’ on her own constituency.

He demanded that she stand down from her seat and trigger a by-election in her area so they have a chance to boot her out.

But Ms Soubry insisted: ‘My views haven’t changed, the Conservative party has changed.

‘The only vote I think we should be having is a People’s Vote.’

Another Broxtowe voter, John, said: ‘I can’t put into words what you’ve done. You’re sitting there in the lime light, you’ve been stirring it up [since the referendum.]

‘You say you believe in democracy but you don’t believe in the vote of 17.5million people.

‘You’ve been rude to all your constituents.

‘Why would I vote for a lady who is not genuinely and doesn’t believe in democracy? Early retirement is the best way forward for you.’

Ms Soubry told listeners she would ‘keep true to her values and principles’ and she’d received an ‘overwhelming support from her constituents’ so far in her email inbox. 

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