Published On: Sun, Jan 25th, 2015 on 1:49 pm

UKIP MEP defects to Tories after party suspension

Amjad Bashir UKIP

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A UKIP MEP has defected to the Conservative Party, also claiming UKIP has become a “party of ruthless self-interest” and has a “ridiculous” lack of policies.

Amjad Bashir, an MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, had been expected to confirm his defection to the Conservative Party on Saturday but the party announced his suspension beforehand.

Suspended with immediate effect

His former party said it had suspended him over financial and employment concerns.

A UKIP spokesman said: “The UK Independence Party has a zero-tolerance policy and takes the matters at hand extremely seriously. The allegations against Mr Bashir are of a grave nature and we will be forwarding our evidence obtained so far to the police.

“UKIP will not tolerate anyone abusing their positions in the party, as we have a firm commitment to differing ourselves from the existing political classes. As a result, Mr Bashir’s involvement with the party was suspended today with immediate effect pending further investigations.”

UKIP also said one of the reasons Mr Bashir was suspended was because of a “continued affiliation” with Mujeeb Bhutto, who was involved in a kidnapping gang.

“These are just dirty tricks”

Mr Bashir rejected the claims as “absurd and made-up”.

He told the BBC: “I would say these are old historical allegations that the party already knows about. Nigel Farage spoke on TV to defend me against these false allegations.

“These are just dirty tricks to try and discredit me.”

Mr Bashir had previously been a Conservative Party member, and became involved with UKIP three years ago, making him one of the party’s leading Asian figures.

He insisted race and religion had nothing to do with his decision to leave UKIP.

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