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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

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Vet: Jumping rabbits love their exercise

You had better hop to the Great Yorkshire Show Ground this weekend, if you want to see a new take on the Grand National.

The Swedish rabbit jumping team are appearing at the the Burgess Premier Small Animal Show. The bunnies have been specially bred, and can jump as high as three feet.

According to organisers, they love to show jump and they hope the attraction will help owners to understand how much exercise pet rabbits need.

Tina Larsson from the Swedish rabbit jumping team and vet, Matthew Brash told ITV Calendar about what spectators could expect:

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FA Cup action today

It's the FA Cup fourth round today and all three of our sides who're still in the cup are facing tough away games.

Sheffield United will be hoping to continue their cup exploits when they travel to Preston North End.

Chesterfield will have the backing of almost 6,000 fans when they go to Championship Derby County.

But it is Bradford City who face the toughest test of all, an away tie at Premier League Chelsea.

David Hirst reports:

Jumping rabbits at Great Yorkshire Showground

Swedish jumping rabbits are set to steal the show at today's Small Animal Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

Jumping bunnies

Speed and agility aren't words usually associated with the humble bunny, but these professional jumpers from Sweden are set to be the stars in the Grand National of the rabbit world. They first appeared at the show 2011, and four of the fluffy creatures will be back again today after two years away, due to popular demand.

The jumpers are just one of the attractions at the show, which takes place today and tomorrow and is organised by a small committee of dedicated volunteers. It is the largest small animal show in the country - with around 3,000 chinchillas, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rabbits and rats attending over two days.

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch

Counting the birds

This weekend sees the return of the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch, an initiative which encourages thousands around the UK to pick an hour over the weekend to discover wildlife in their gardens.

Budding bird watchers are encouraged to register in advance to get their free information pack, then take one hour to watch and record the number of birds in the garden or open space and submit the results.

The initiative has been taking place since 1979. Results enable the RSPB to monitor trends and understand how birds are doing and take steps to put them right.

Naked challenge for tough mums

It's one of the toughest challenges in the world, so tough in fact that fewer people have taken on the Talisker Whisky Challenge - that's rowing across the Atlantic - than have climbed Everest or been in space. But four working mums from Yorkshire are to do exactly that later in the year - AND they'll do a fair bit of it naked. Sarah Clark has been to meet them - fully clothed.

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