De-Whipped Tory MEP Fights Back Over Polish Group Leader

MEP Edward McMillan-Scott, the Tory who had the whip taken away for disobeying Cameron over letting Michal Kaminski represent the new Tory grouping as Vice-President of the European Parliament, has hit back and hit back hard. Writing in the Yorkshire Post he claims

On July 14, in Strasbourg, I stood and won against a Polish MEP, Michal Kaminski, for the post of Vice-President of the European Parliament, because he symbolised the rise of disguised extremism in Europe.Although Kaminski was nominated by the new Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) created by David Cameron, I decided to take the issue head on, even at the discomfiture of my own party. I did this at great personal and political risk – I could have lost everything and have now lost the whip – but I did it on principle.

It was not my principle – it was a higher one. To oppose a menacing political movement at a key moment in Europe’s politics…

He goes on to accuse Kaminski of pandering to anti-semitism and tacitly supporting it. Read the whole article: Why we must stop rise of a new face of fascism.

This plays into Labour’s whole Tories “have left the mainstream in Europe” meme. Hague will not be happy…

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