David Cameron’s new Brussels ally labelled ‘dangerous’ Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst a ‘genetically modified organism’

Angel Dzambazki was elected as an MEP in May and joined the Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) parliamentary grouping

Prime Minister David Cameron has been criticised for allowing his Conservative party to become allied in the European Parliament with a Bulgarian MEP accused of homophobic prejudice and inciting racial hatred against immigrants.

Angel Dzambazki, elected as an MEP during the European elections in May and joined the Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) parliamentary grouping, was among those who labelled transvestite Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst “dangerous” in May and branded her a "genetically modified organism".

"A very dangerous trend in the destruction of the value system grows in Europe," he told news site One Europe.

"A bearded lady became a symbol of the old continent a few days ago. This bearded creature, called by the European name Conchita Wurst, is like a genetically modified organism and won the Eurovision. And I wonder if the vice of our time is that we tolerate the perversity. I don’t want such a song contest for my children."

He’s also part of the Bulgaria without Censorship (BWC) coalition who called on Bulgarians in the capital Sofia to "clean the city" of immigrants and take "self-defence actions" by setting up voluntary vigilante groups.

 

ECR member and Tory MEP Sajjad Karim, currently standing to be president of the European Parliament, has admitted that his group includes "people who in their past have said some things and done things that I would find utterly abhorrent, appalling and deserving of nothing but challenge”, like Dzambazki.

"They have spoken in terms that go against our shared values," he said. "But today, these same people are having to stand with me and say my candidate for President of the European President is Saj Karim, I will be supporting him and voting for him. They are having to give those messages not just here, but to issue press statements in their home countries."

"If there is any movement by any of those people away from the position they are in today, able to stand with somebody like me, I am not the sort of individual that will compromise in any way on my beliefs."

 

Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder criticised Dzambazki inclusion in the ECR.

"Despite his name, this man is clearly no angel," she told the Huffington Post UK. "In fact, by associating themselves with such an openly racist and homophobic politician, the Tories are dancing with the devil.

"The public deserves an explanation as to why Conservative MEPs have agreed to share a platform with this divisive and hateful figure who is so out of touch with British values of tolerance and compassion."

Conchita Wurst's Eurovision winner's acceptance speech, dedicated to Conchita Wurst's Eurovision winner's acceptance speech, dedicated to "everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom" Singer Conchita Wurst, who is set to headline free gay rights event Pride in London on Saturday, faced a transphobic backlash when she took to the Eurovision stage in Copenhagen last month with a full beard, and went on to win the contest.

Reuters reported in May that a 2013 Russian petition signed by more than 15,000 people requested the state broadcaster to remove Eurovision from its TV schedule because of the Austrian act, real name Tom Neuwirth.

"Austria will be represented in Eurovision 2014 by the transvestite contestant Conchita Wurst, who leads the lifestyle inapplicable for Russians [sic]," the All-Russian Parent Meeting petition read.

"The popular international competition that our children will be watching has become a hotbed of sodomy at the initiation of the European liberals.

"Russia is one of the only European countries that has managed to maintain normal and healthy family values based on love and mutual support between men and women."

Wurst did, however, have the last word. On collecting her Eurovision trophy for the dramatic Euro-pop song "Rise Like A Phoenix", she said: "This is for all those who believe in the future of peace and freedom – you know who you are. You are unity and you are unstoppable."

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