The Guardian carries the story today that;
"Professor Ryszard Legutko has been chosen by MEPs of Poland's Law and Justice party to stand for the chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), the Tories' anti-federalist group in the European parliament."The election to pick the new leader is due to take place on 8 March and is expected to be close run.
Will David Cameron remove the Conservative whip from Timothy Kirkhope who is standing against Ryszard Legutko?
He did when Edward McMillan-Scott successfully stood against Michał Kamiński, the Polish MEP chosen to lead the new group, for the post of vice-president of the European parliament, and as a result he had the Tory whip removed.
Edward McMillan-Scott then defected to the Liberal Democrats.
Michel Kaminski, who described gay people as "faggots" on Polish television, has resigned from the Law and Justice Party claiming the party had been taken over by extremists.
Slightly ironic given his own extreme views.
Last year during the general election campaign our own leader, Nick Clegg accused David Cameron of aligning himself in the European Parliament with "nutters, anti-Semites, people who deny climate change exists and homophobes".
Ryszard Legutko's views seem to back that view up, even now.
According to the Guardian Legutko insists he is not homophobic, coming out with the classic line;
"Some of my closest friends are homosexuals and I don't have a problem with them,"Legutko went ton to say he doesn't see the point in gay pride rallies either.
Why does Cameron claim he is pro-gay rights and yet still seem happy for his Conservative group in the European Parliament to sit with these right wing homophobes and even be led by them?
I say to David Cameron - stand and cast these people adrift and show people that you practice what you preach on LGBT issues.
To Ryszard Legutko I say, I'm gay and I'm very proud of being gay.