Insults fly as MEP leaves UKIP for Tories

January 25, 2015 2:02 PM

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Britain's anti-EU UKIP party, which threatens to split the right-wing vote and hand victory to Labour in May's general election, has suffered a reverse with the defection of one of its members to the Tories, triggering a war of words Sunday.

Amjad Bashir, a little-known member of the European Parliament, described his former party in The Sunday Telegraph as one of "ruthless self-interest" with a "ridiculous" lack of policies, while UKIP said it had already suspended Bashir after becoming "alarmed" by his behaviour.

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