The Times daily in London, England, traditionally has links to the Conservative party.
However, judging from this article in the London Times today, the daily is not moving as fast to the far Right as the party:
June 22, 2009
David Charter in Brussels
A small Latvian party that honours its country’s Waffen SS veterans was today named among David Cameron’s new allies in the European Parliament as the Conservatives unveiled the members of their anti-federalist group.
One MEP from Latvia’s nationalist For Fatherland and Freedom Party will be among the 55 MEPs in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group which the Tory leader pledged to form during his leadership campaign in 2006.
The Conservatives have been attacked by their own former MEPs for leaving the main centre right group of 264 MEPs in Strasbourg, causing a rift with the parties of Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel.
They face a loss of influence in the European Parliament as well as criticism for joining up with 15 MEPs from the staunchly Catholic Law and Justice Party from Poland, which, like the Latvian party, has banned gay pride marches.
When Berlusconi and Murdoch still were chums, it would have been doubtful whether this sentence would have been published in The Times. However, now that Silvio and Rupert have become enemies …
The threshold of seven countries needed for an official group was passed by recruiting one MEP from a Christian party in Holland, one from a nationalist Flemish party in Belgium, one from Finland and one from Hungary, a former finance minister.
Timothy Kirkhope, leader of the Tory MEPs, today defended the new group, which he said would be the fourth largest in the European Parliament behind the centre right European People’s Party (EPP), the centre left (161 MEPs) and the liberal group (80 MEPs). It will be just two seats ahead of the European Greens who have 53 MEPs. …
Former MEP Christopher Beazley, who stood down at the recent elections, has accused Mr Cameron of trying to “rip up 30 years of work by Tory pro-Europeans” in forming he new group. Another recently retired MEP, Caroline Jackson, described the move as stupid, warning that it would create “bad blood” with traditional centre-right allies.
Polish Tory new ally accused of anti-Semitism: here.
A Tory MEP who criticised the NHS and praised Enoch Powell in quick succession will not face official censure from his party, it has been revealed: here.
France: Racist campaign against burqa threatens democratic rights: here.
Hungarian neo-nazis: here.