Ukip spokesman accused of hypocrisy

Mid Devon Star: Amjad Bashir is Ukip's small business spokesman and a candidate in this month's European elections Amjad Bashir is Ukip's small business spokesman and a candidate in this month's European elections

Ukip's small business spokesman faced claims of hypocrisy after it emerged seven people were arrested for immigration offences in a raid on his restaurant.

The authorities raided the Manchester restaurant, set up by Ukip European election candidate Amjad Bashir with his two sons Tayub and Mudassar, on June 1 last year, The Times reported.

The family have denied any wrongdoing and party leader Nigel Farage said they are appealing and he was not going to "prejudge" the case.

The newspaper said three days after the raid Mr Bashir resigned as a director of the company which owns the Zouk Tea Bar and Grill, and a sister branch in Bradford, but he remains a major shareholder and has continued to take a role in the running of the restaurant.

Mr Bashir, 61, is second on Ukip's list of candidates for the Yorkshire and the Humber region in this month's European elections.

The Home Office confirmed seven people were arrested "for a variety of immigration offences" and a civil penalty notice was served after the raid.

Tayub Bashir told The Times that they were appealing against the notice and had not yet paid a fine.

He said the restaurant conducted immigration checks on all employees and vigorously denied any wrongdoing.

Mr Farage told BBC's This Week: "His son is the director and runs that business and they had an argument and a row with the immigration people which they are appealing. I'm not going to prejudge that."

Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber Edward McMillan-Scott told The Times: "Forget the obvious hypocrisy; employing illegal immigrants is exploitative and against the law."

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6:06am Fri 16 May 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

Hypocrisy is a fundamental part of human nature. Long may it be so !
Hypocrisy is a fundamental part of human nature. Long may it be so ! B rian Tawses left foot
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2:09pm Fri 16 May 14

Skipton man says...

Just look at our present bunch of leaders, Cameron, Clegg, Milliband. A bigger set of useless hypocrites you'll never see.
Just look at our present bunch of leaders, Cameron, Clegg, Milliband. A bigger set of useless hypocrites you'll never see. Skipton man
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9:55pm Fri 16 May 14

kipperboy says...

Seems to me that Amjad is appealing this and I have to ask myself why? He knows the damage this would do to his cause. So personally I don't believe it. There is no doubt that the press in this country are picking on UKIP and I for one have lost any trust in them.

British people are tired of the LIB LAB CON we need a change. I don't trust any of them; they are all self-serving and will bend the truth. I for one will be voting for UKIP, because I believe in the British people and at the same time it can save us at least 55 million per day.

Our trade with the EU hasn't changed since 1973, there is no advantage! VOTE UKIP.
Seems to me that Amjad is appealing this and I have to ask myself why? He knows the damage this would do to his cause. So personally I don't believe it. There is no doubt that the press in this country are picking on UKIP and I for one have lost any trust in them. British people are tired of the LIB LAB CON we need a change. I don't trust any of them; they are all self-serving and will bend the truth. I for one will be voting for UKIP, because I believe in the British people and at the same time it can save us at least 55 million per day. Our trade with the EU hasn't changed since 1973, there is no advantage! VOTE UKIP. kipperboy
  • Score: 1
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