Brexit supporter Andrew Bridgen, Conservative MP for North West Leicestershire, said the remarks from Labour MP David Lammy were “embarrassing”. On BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Mr Lammy defended comparing some members of the Tory Party’s ERG to Nazis. Asked about the comments on talkRADIO, Mr Bridgen said: “I just can’t believe David Lammy could come out with something as ludicrous as that. As far as I am concerned, I am not far-right. I believe in democracy, we have had a referendum.
“I also believe in sticking by manifesto pledges that we will come out of the single market and customs union, the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
“I think if politicians want to regain the support of the people we have to deliver on our promises and we are failing to do that at the moment, and you are seeing the repercussions of that for Conservative Party support. Surely, that is what should happen to any political party that does not stick to its manifesto promises.”
He added: “It’s insulting. I’m embarrassed for him actually.
“The European Research Group is not a homogeneous group, it’s a group of MPs who believe in Brexit and on the mandate of the promises we made to the British people.
“It’s a very diverse group. I am sure Suella Braverman will be absolutely disgusted at being called a Nazi.
“I find it deeply insulting and to be honest Mr Lammy is a bit of a self-publicist and he is not really the sharpest tool in the box is he.”
On Sunday Labour MP David Lammy defended his comparison of some Tory Brexiteers to Nazis.
The Tottenham MP replied: “I would say that that wasn’t strong enough. In 1938 there were allies who hatched a plan for Hitler to annex part of Czechoslovakia, and Churchill said no, and he stood alone.
“We must not appease. We’re in a situation now, and let me just be clear, I’m an ethnic minority.
“We have, in the ERG, in Jacob Rees-Mogg, someone who is happy to put onto his web pages the horrible, racist AfD party, a party that’s Islamophobic and on the far-right.”
Mr Lammy added: “They’re happy to use the phrase ‘grand wizard’. KKK is what it evokes to me when I think of that phrase and the Deep South.
“I’m sorry, but very, very seriously, of course, we should not appease that.”
ERG chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg, who was directly mentioned in Mr Lammy’s comparison between some Tory Brexiteers and Nazis, has said the comments “make him look foolish”.
He tweeted: “I feel sorry for Mr Lammy, comparing a Parliamentary ginger group with an organisation and creed that killed six million Jewish people makes him look foolish and his comments unbalanced. It damages his reputation.”