‘That doesn’t make me a fascist!’ Tory MP cringes after being slammed over migrant control

Mr Hunt and Mr Mason went head-to-head on BBC Politics Live after the panel were asked where modern fascism manifests itself. Mr Mason was critical of the Conservative Government and argued their actions pandered to that type of political thinking which could develop into fascism further down the line. But Mr Hunt pulled a face at the suggestion and poured cold water on suggestions the Tories are because of policies on illegal immigration.

Speaking on BBC Politics Live, the panel debated whether modern fascism exists in the world and how it manifests itself.

Mr Mason argued there are elements of the far-right ideology in the Conservative party.

He explained: “Cultural Marxism is an accusation against the wider socially liberal left by the far right.

“And so it’s disturbing when you see Conservative MPs echoing the language but to echo the language isn’t to be a fascist.

“The point is that fascist thought architecture, the structure of their thinking, is exerting a strong influence that will form populist politics and the extremes of conservatism.”

Mr Hunt winced during Mr Mason’s argument and did not think he or his colleagues could be classed as fascists for their views.

He replied: “Paul was asked the question, looking around the world do you see fascism stood as a sort of closet phenomenon or a threat.

“In his answer, he said the interests of fascism are being represented in government by right-wing populists and authoritarians…

Priti Patel has faced criticisms for her push back policy in the Channel which sees Border Force using jet skis to turn back boats towards France.

The tactic will be used in the Channel if it is personally approved by Ms Patel after staff raised concerns about potential deaths if the tactic is used.

The tactic will also only be used on sturdy, large boats over fears smaller boats could capsize.

Alp Mehmet, Chair of Migration Watch, told Express.co.uk he was worried the tactic would only push migrants into smaller boats and could potentially lead to deaths.

More than 12,600 migrants have made the journey across the English Channel so far this year.

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