Five conservative Euro MPs are today facing the consequences of associating themselves with the UKIP backed initiative, to censure EU Commission president Jose Barroso.
As reported last week, Tory MEPs Roger Helmer, Christopher Heaton-Harris, David Sumberg, Daniel Hannan, and Martin Callanan were warned to remove their names from Nigel Farage's censure motion, by Tory Leader in Europe Timothy Kirkhope.
The five yesterday failed to head the warning and have now been threatened with expulsion from the European People's Party (EPP), the parliament's majority centre-Right group with which the conservatives sit.
Roger Helmer, Conservative MEP for the east midlands, who has associated himself with UKIP on various occasions was stripped of his British Tory whip and looks likely to be suspended from the EPP indefinately, pending a group vote on his party membership next week.
Source: The Telegraph 26th May 2005