David Cameron’s controversial alliance in the European Parliament has been hit with new criticism today by an anti-fascist group.
The Conservatives switched allegiance from centre-right group the European People’s Party to the newly formed European Conservatives and Reformists in June this year.
The move caused controversy after some of its members were accused of holding extreme right-wing views.
Foreign Secretary David Milliband accused the leader of the group, Michal Kaminski, of having an anti-semetic past and the Polish MEP has been caught on film making homophobic comments.
Margaret Woods, Scottish spokesperson for Unite Against Fascism (UAF), said today: “It is utterly deplorable that someone who might be Prime Minister is consorting with these people.”
“He’s done it to appease the euro-sceptics. It hasn’t bothered his conscience too much.”
The spokesperson also highlighted Mr Cameron’s role as Head of Policy Coordination during the Conservative’s election campaign in 2005.
She pointed to the immigration polices and restrictions on traveller settlements promoted by the Tories at the time as evidence that the party’s leader was more right-wing than he appears.
“He’s not the huggable, smiley, nice person he’s pretending to be,” she said.
The Scottish Conservatives could not be reached for comment.