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UKIP suspend Yorkshire & Humber MEP

UKIP has suspended Yorkshire and the Humber MEP Amjad Bashir, pending an investigation into "extremely serious financial issues".

Amjad Bashir

The sixty two year old, who moved to Bradford with his family when he was eight , was elected to the European Parliament last year and is UKIP's small and medium business spokesman.

UKIP say they have suspended Mr Bashir while party officials carry out investigations into a number of issues which it considers to be extremely serious.

Mr Bashir has been informed of the specifics of the investigations which include unanswered financial and employment questions, interference with UKIP candidate selection processes and a continued affiliation with Mujeeb Bhutto, despite the party’s protests against Mr Bhutto’s involvement with Mr Bashir or UKIP.

"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 spokesman

Revisiting the town Mary Portas hired to 'turn around'

Kate Hemingway revisits a town in Lincolnshire which had its High Street thrown into the spotlight two years ago after the Queen of Shops Mary Portas, was hired by the Government to turn it around.

A regeneration team in Market Rasen is now putting plans in place to carry on the work - but some residents say the Portas scheme has failed to deliver.

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Siemens project launched in Hull

Construction work has started on a £300million wind turbine production and installation plant in Hull, which is being hailed as the most significant investment in the Humber region for a century.

Siemens is investing the huge sum at the city's Alexandra Dock, which the company says will create up to a 1,000 full time jobs.

Experts say the region has the potential to be the a world-class renewable energy hub.

Fiona Dwyer was at today's ground-breaking ceremony:

Launch of £310 million renewable energy project

Renewable energy

Environment Secretary Ed Davey is in Hull this afternoon helping to launch the Siemens project.

The 310 million pound investment in renewable energy will create one thousand new jobs in East Yorkshire. The offshore wind turbine manufacturing and assembly facilities will be based in Hull's Alexandra Dock. And this afternoon there is an opening ceremony to mark the start of construction.

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Plans for largest Aldi in Lincolnshire

Budget supermarket giant Aldi is to build its largest UK store in Lincolnshire. The supermarket chain is to build a 19,000 feet store in Louth on the site of the old Malt Kiln building which is due to be demolished by the end of next month. The store is due to open in the Autumn.

Dairy producers fear uncertain future

Dairy farmers across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire fear they will be forced out of business unless more is done to protect them from falls in milk prices.

Prices have come under pressure from a combination of rising supply and falling demand, particularly as a result of lower-than-expected demand from China and Russia's ban on food imports.

The industry has the backing of MPs who are calling for new powers to fine supermakets over disputes.

Chris Kiddey has been to meet one farmer from West Yorkshire:

Cheese production is 'lifeline' for dairy farmer

Michael Davenport, a dairy farmer from Osgodby in Lincolnshire, now produces cheese as well as milk.

He produces 500 thousand litres of milk a year and uses one third of that for cheese production. Michael says his cheese accounts for two thirds of his profitable turnover so it's a lifeline for his business.

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