Prominent conservative thinkers are being “caricatured and demonised” in an attempt to silence them, Sir Roger Scruton has said.

The philosopher and author told the BBC there was a “witch-hunt” against figures on the right of politics.

Sir Roger said he and others were being accused of “thought crimes” in order to exclude them from public debates.

He was sacked from an advisory role to ministers two weeks ago following a controversial New Statesman interview.

Remarks he made to the left-leaning title about Islamophobia, China and Muslim immigration into Europe were described as “deeply offensive” by Downing Street.

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He was dismissed from the unpaid role as chairman of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission shortly after the interview

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