The Conservative Party are under pressure to launch an investigation after one of its newly elected MPs was pictured ‘fraternising with open racists and neo-Nazis’.
Dehenna Davison, 26, was seen at a Brexit-themed party on January 31 with Andrew Foster, described as a ‘Muslim-hating extremist of the very worst kind’ by campaigners.
She was pictured the former Bishop Auckland Tory council candidate, who allegedly wished the ‘great man’ Adolf Hitler a happy birthday on a now suspended Twitter account.
Anti-racism campaigners Hope Not Hate say they have found Facebook pictures showing Foster burning the Qur’an and posing next to a message reading: ‘F**k P**is’.
Davison, who was elected as Bishop Auckland’s very first Conservative MP in the December General Election, has also been questioned over her links party-guest Colin Raine.
The former Tory activist who was kicked out of the party is accused of writing Facebook posts about ‘aggressive muzzies’ praying in public to ‘provoke a reaction’, HuffPost reports.
He is also believed to have organised a protest including members of the far-right Democratic Football Lads alliance and English Defence League offshoot the North East Infidels.
Raine was thought to be at the protest in 2017 outside ex-Labour MP for Bishop Auckland Helen Goodman’s office.
He allegedly posted on social media saying he was ‘lucky enough to have a chat’ with Davison and that he ‘got a bit emotional’ when she was elected on December 12.
Hope Not Hate campaign director Matthew McGregor said ‘These allegations are extremely serious and warrant the Conservative Party launching an urgent investigation, during which time Dehenna Davison should be suspended until there has been a finding.
‘Davison must answer serious questions about her connections with far-right figures Colin Raine and Andy Foster.
‘These extreme individuals should be unwelcome at any mainstream political party gathering, but it appears that they still move closely with the local Bishop Auckland Conservative Association and the new MP.’
Labour’s Shadow Equalities and Women’s Secretary Dawn Butler said: ‘This is another example of the serious level of complacency towards the far-right by the Tory Party.
‘The police have warned that the far-right are the fastest growing terrorist threat in the UK, yet we see the Tories proudly fraternising with open racists and neo-Nazis. This must be urgently investigated.’
In a statement Davison said: ‘These photos were taken at an event open to the public and I in no way whatsoever condone the views highlighted of the individuals concerned.’
Raine told the Guardian: ‘My only links are I’m conservative and working class just as my parents were, I’m no fan of Labour or the extreme left especially they are now full of extreme evil.
‘I’m a working-class Thatcherite and that’s as far as l go, I’m not far right, I hate both extremes even Ukip were too far right for me.
‘Politics used to be fun years ago but I’m afraid nowadays it’s not. I’m not a member of any political party.’
The Conservative Party, who have been contacted for comment, say neither of the men are members.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Andrew Foster for comment.
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