Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

#Hypocrite: Pakistan-born UKIP candidate employed ILLEGALS at his Manchester eatery

The embarrassments they keep-a-piling-up for the UK Independence Party.

A week after party leader Nigel Farage appeared on a London stage surrounded by ethnic minority candidates to proclaim the party's "inclusive" nature, one of those candidates has been found to have employed illegal immigrants at his Manchester business.

UKIP's small business spokesperson Amjad Bashir, who claimed that the part was not racist but was against mass immigration, was accused of hypocrisy on Friday after several employees of his restaurant, the Zouk Bar and Grill, were arrested for immigration offences.

According to the Times newspaper, the Home Office raided the business in June last year arresting seven people in total.

Mr Bashir is then said to have resigned as director of the company that owned the restaurant just three days later.

Bashir, who set up the restaurant with his two sons Tayub and Mudassar, has denied any wrongdoing, while Farage has refused to comment as not to prejudice the case.

Tayub Bashir told the Times that the family were appealing the Home Office decision.

Mr Farage has refused to comment on an ongoing legal matter.

Pakistan-born Mr Bashir, 61, is on a list of candidates for Yorkshire and Humberside in the up-coming European elections.



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