Anti-EU politician criticised by Nikki Sinclaire for joining party which has been "infiltrated by BNP".
West Midlands MEP Mike Nattrass has announced that he intends to join the English Democrats Party following his resignation from the UK Independence Party .
Mr Nattrass will stand as the EDP's West Midlands candidate in the European elections next May.
But fellow West Midlands MEP Nikki Sinclaire, also a former UKIP member, slammed his decision to join an "extremist" party.
Robin Tilbrook, the EDP chairman, said: “I am delighted to welcome Mike Nattrass as a member of the English Democrats and look forward to getting him re-elected as an English Democrat MEP.
"Over the coming year Scottish Independence will be in focus as they face the Scottish Independence referendum.
"The English Democrats are England’s equivalent to that party and our conference will debate further one of our key policy proposals, independence for England.”
However, Ms Sinclaire said: "I am saddened to hear that Mike has today joined the English Democrats.
"Since 2010 the English Democrats, have been infiltrated by those deserting the infighting of the BNP, who have been in meltdown since the General Election and now contain and tolerate some of the most undesirable and disgusting people in our society.’’
‘’By joining them, Mike is damaging his legacy and reputation. All his good work will now be overlooked because of the company he has chosen to keep.'’
Mr Nattrass left UKIP last week after criticising the leadership of Nigel Farage.
The English Democrats launched in 2002 and campaigns for St George’s Day to be England’s national holiday; for Jerusalem to be England’s National Anthem; for a Referendum to leave the EU; for an end to mass immigration; for the Cross of St George to be flown on all public buildings in England.