Tory MP claims a Ukip MEP 'is literally akin to Nazis'

Robert Halfon is the Conservative MP for Harlow Credit: PA Wire

A Conservative MP has claimed there is a "sinister element" to the UK Independence Party.

In an interview with House magazine, Robert Halfon accused Ukip MEP Gerard Batten of supporting a policy "literally akin to the Nazis" by suggesting Muslims should sign a charter rejecting violence.

Mr Halfon's Jewish grandfather was forced to flee Libya to escape persecution.

He also ridiculed former Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom, who now sits as an independent after calling women at a meeting "sluts" and hitting the Channel Four News reporter Michael Crick on the head with a party conference programme, "as a cross between Sid James and Bernard Manning".

Ukip leader Nigel Farage dismissed the Tory backbencher's "hysterical slurs" which he claimed "are the result of a growing Tory terror of Ukip's rising popularity all over the country."