Welcome as Ukip MEP rejoins Tory fold

24-Jan-2015 @ 19:0

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The leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs has warmly welcomed Amjad Bashir's decision to rejoin the party from UKIP.

Ashley Fox said his return would bring extra strength and experience to the Conservative team in Brussels.

Mr Bashir, a businessman in Bradford for many years, has been UKIP's spokesman on small and medium business since he became MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber in May.

Mr Fox said: "I am a great admirer of Amjad. He is a straightforward, down to earth character and he has an energetic and practical approach to politics.

"Having seen Ukip close up, he knows they cannot deliver anything the British people want or need. Amjad sees that only the Conservatives can deliver reform, renegotiation and a referendum in Europe and he will be joining me and my colleagues in campaigning hard to return David Cameron to Number 10 in May."

Syed Kamall, leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament, said: "Like us, Amjad believes in genuine equality of opportunity and the right of people to go just as far as their talent and hard work will take them. He is a natural Conservative and I am delighted that he is back where he belongs."

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