Watch: Did the Tories Investigate Their New Defector?


UKIP have launched a new video questioning whether the Conservatives properly vetted Amjad Bashir MEP before he defected to them over the weekend. Mr Bashir has been accused of financial irregularities in Brussels, of being involved with a company that employed illegal workers and of having links to extremists in Pakistan.

Bashir was first elected as a MEP last year and had previously served as Communities Spokesman. During the last European Parliament term UKIP lost around half of their MEPs to resignations and defections, they had hoped to put that record behind them: