A CONTROVERSIAL MP has faced calls to stand down after claiming the Conservatives have “conspired to murder” the British public.

Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle made the comments in the run-up to the general election campaign last year, it was reported.

In the video, it is alleged he said his constituency was “not Tory-free enough for my liking”.

“We’ve still got a few more to route out, but because of your fantastic door-knocking, we know where they live,” he said.

Following a report in the Mail on Sunday, there has been widespread condemnation of Mr Russell-Moyle's comments.

The Argus:

Conservative Cllr Joe Miller, who contested the seat against Mr Russell-Moyle at the election, said the comments call into question his role as a shadow minister and as the MP for the constituency.

Mr Miller said: “Lloyd Russell-Moyle’s continuing and recent behaviour call into question his position, not only in Labour’s shadow ministerial team, but also as MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven.

“The clear contempt he holds for 16,972 of his constituents and their political views makes me think he does not wish to represent all of them in Parliament, which he is elected and paid to do.

“No matter how people vote, he is meant to be there for them.

The Argus:

“The hatred espoused for some members of our local community by Lloyd, with some very concerning language and tone, leads me to question whether he is the best person to continue representing and standing up for constituents.”

In the footage, it was claimed Mr Russell-Moyle said: “I do not think it is an exaggeration when we say the Conservatives have conspired to murder and let die British citizens. 

“That is what they have done and that is what they will continue to do.”

He claimed 100,000 people had died early as a result of Tory austerity.

It is not the first time he has courted controversy. He won the seat at the general election in 2017, but caused a storm by seizing the mace in the House of Commons in December 2018.

The mace is a symbol of the Queen's authority in Parliament, and Mr Russell-Moyle grabbed it in protest at a delay in a Brexit vote.

Then after retaining the seat in the election in December, he made a fiery speech, vowing to "fight them in the streets".

But his comments have sparked anger across the political spectrum, with Labour MPs calling for him to be removed from his position as a shadow minister.

Meanwhile Brighton Liberal Democrat Ben Thomas, who also stood against him in December, said: “During the election campaign the issue of toxicity in politics came up regularly both on doorsteps and in hustings.

"Lloyd Russell-Moyle agreed with me that we all need to be more thoughtful with our language and make politics less tribal.

“Yet he's often the first to make incendiary comments himself.

“It'll come as no surprise to any of his constituents that Lloyd is making the headlines for all the wrong reasons once again and is proving to be a liability to Keir Starmer so soon into his tenure.

The Argus:

 "His talk of 'knowing where the Tories live' is deeply sinister and many of his constituents will feel totally let down, embarrassed and even threatened by their MP. 

“How can he truly represent all his constituents fairly when he just wants to 'rout' those who disagree with him? It's time he stopped seeking the limelight and started actually representing the interests of his constituents."

Mr Russell-Moyle was contacted by The Argus for comment.