VETERAN Spanish right-wing 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 was conscious when taken to hospital, police added.

Vidal-Quadras 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.

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

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

Vidal-Quadras has not been active in politics for several years, but he has maintained a public role as a media commentator and columnist.

He served as a vice president for the European Parliament and took a heavy interest in foreign affairs, participating in the legislature’s delegations to the former Soviet republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.