https://metro.co.uk/2019/11/18/tory...49LQJ2BBOJc_87dy-P7GXOi_KTn_o3NUBcsU2NtgtngxU Amjad Bashir has apologised for his comments, which resurfaced this week after being made in a speech to the European parliament when he was a Ukip MEP in 2014. In a speech delivered to the European Parliament in Brussels, Amjad Bashir said: ‘As far as brainwashing by the rabbis and the politicians are concerned – I can testify to that. ‘Young men are going over from England where I come from – people of the Jewish faith who my grandchildren have grown up with as decent young men. ‘But have come back as extremists – as people that are brainwashed. ‘They will not listen to reason. There is something very peculiar and wrong going on in Israel.’ Mr Bashir was confirmed as the Tory candidate to fight the December 12 election last week and is trying to unseat Labour’s Fabian Hamilton. The restaurateur defected from the Conservatives to Ukip in 2012, before returning in 2015. His speech sparked outrage from Lib Dem Leeds North East candidate Jon Hannah who wrote on Twitter: ‘Is it just me or have the Tories lost the plot? ‘Putting an ex-UKIP MEP who talks publicly about how the ‘Israeli State brainwashes English Jews’ up as a candidate in Leeds North East? ‘Repellant anti-semitism. It seems it isn’t just Labour with a problem.’ Sam de Kare-Silver added: ‘Conservatives need to act quick and remove Amjad Bashir for his repellent comments on Jews and Israel.’ And I thought it was Labour with the massive problem!