- Jan 17, 2015
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UKIP MEP Amjad Bashir has defected to the Conservative Party, with David Cameron saying he was "absolutely delighted" with the decision.
It comes as UKIP suspended the MEP, who represents Yorkshire and the Humber, pending investigations into "extremely serious" issues, a party spokesman announced.
Mr Bashir has been informed of the allegations, which include claims of interfering in the candidate selection process as well as unanswered financial and employment questions, the party said.
A UKIP spokesman said evidence had been forwarded to the police.
He 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."
Mr Bashir, UKIP's communities spokesman, reportedly held a "continued affiliation" with Mujeeb Bhutto - who resigned from the party in 2014 - despite official protests.