A European MP is claiming the arrest of a candidate standing against him in the up and coming elections was the sort of "political arrest" usually seen in oppressive regimes.

South East MEP Daniel Hannan says while he believes Liberty GB candidate Paul Weston's comments were rude, arresting him on suspicion of religious and racial harassment was "a disproportionate act of policing".

During a speech through a megaphone, Mr Weston had been reading a Winston Churchill quote describing Islam as "militant" and "retrograde" outside Winchester's Guildhall last Saturday afternoon.

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