Police officers cordon off the area after the shooting this afternoon in Madrid, Spain. Alamy Stock Photo

Veteran Spanish politician taken to hospital in Madrid after being shot in the street

Alejandro Vidal-Quadras was hit in the face on a central street in the Spanish capital.

VETERAN SPANISH POLITICIAN Alejandro Vidal-Quadras has been taken to hospital in Madrid after being shot in a street, police have said.

The 78-year-old was hit in the face in a central street in the capital at about 1.30pm local time and conscious when taken to hospital, police added.

Vidal-Cuadras was a long-time member of Spain’s conservative Popular Party, its regional leader in Catalonia, and a European Parliament member before he broke away to help found the far-right Vox party.

He left Vox just after a failed bid to win a European seat in 2014.

Police are investigating the shooting.

Vox president Santiago Abascal said he believed Vidal-Quadras’ life was not in immediate danger.

Abascal said: “Thank God it seems that Alejandro Vidal-Quadras is out of danger.”

Popular Party president Alberto Nunez Feijoo deplored the shooting and wished for Vidal-Quadras’ recovery.

Press Association