One of Yorkshire's richest men and one of the Labour Party's biggest individual donors has said he will fund a breakaway party in Jeremy Corbyn is re-elected.
Dr Assem Allam, who owns Hull City Football Club, has long been a critic of Mr Corbyn's leadership, describing him as unelectable.
Now he's told our Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt it is inevitable Labour will split, and has revealed he's been in contact with senior party figures about forming a new party.
Hull City owner, Dr Assem Allam has donated £1.4 million to bring patient treatment in Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust into the robotic age.
Allam and his family have pledged the funds to buy surgical equipment that will make it possible for surgeons to perform complex operations through tiny incisions with a robot nicknamed, The 'Da Vinci'.
The robot replicates the range of movements of a surgeon’s hand, but unlike open surgery, the robot does this through tiny holes, reducing the pain and blood loss caused by open surgery.
The new equipment is planned to be brought into use in the summer of 2015 once the system and supporting equipment has been installed and the clinical team has completed the necessary training.
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A leading expert on football finance believes Hull City owner Assem Allam won't walk away if - as expected - the FA rejects his bid to rebrand the club as Hull Tigers.
Ahead of an FA Council vote on April 9, the FA's Membership Committee yesterday recommended turning down his application.
Mr Allam, who's invested more than £70m in the club, says the rebranding is essential to maximise commercial opportunites, and he's repeated his pledge to sell up if he's not allowed to change its name.
But Rob Wilson - a leading football finance expert at Sheffield Hallam University - told Calendar's Sports Correspondent John Shires that he doesn't believe Mr Allam will quit.
Hull City have accused the FA of being prejudiced in its handling of the club's bid to change their name to Hull Tigers.
The club has released a statement responding to the FA's membership committee recommendation that the application to alter the club's existing name should be rejected.
The Football Association has now confirmed that the committee given the job of examining Hull City's plans to change the club's name to the Hull Tigers has recommended rejection.
The recommendation, which came after consultation with stakeholders within and outside of the game, will be discussed and voted on at a full FA Council meeting on 9 April 2014. The club will be able to make a further submission before the meeting.
Hull owner Assem Allam, who's invested more than £70m of his family's money into the club, has warned he'll walk away if his rebranding plans are turned down.
Hull City's bid to be re-branded as Hull Tigers is set to be rejected by the FA next month.
In the biggest blow yet to the controversial plans of owner Assem Allam, it's reported that the FA Membership Committee will make a recommendation to reject the plan when the full FA Council meets on April 9.
During the FA's own consultation process on the issue, there was unanimous opposition to the plans from supporters’ groups, the Football League and the Premier League.
Mr Allam has consistently warned that he'd walk away from the club - into which he's invested more than £70m - if his plans are rejected.
Meanwhile The FA has declined to comment.
Ever since Hull City owner Assem Allam announced his intention to re-brand the club as 'Hull Tigers' in August there has been a storm of protest from a section of the supporters.
Calendar's Chris Dawkes has been talking to him about the change which Mr Allam says will be for the good of the club.
Hull fans group City Till We Die will meet owner Assem Allam on Friday to debate his proposal to rename the club Hull Tigers.
Allam revealed in the summer he wanted to rebrand the club and ditch the current Hull City AFC moniker, which has stood for 109 years.
He angered fans when he claimed it was a "lousy identity" and that the 'City' suffix was "common".
A range of supporters' groups have come together under the City Til We Die banner in a bid to stop the change and representatives will have the chance to put their case to Allam this week.
Ahead of the start of the new Premier League we have an interview with Hull City's owner Assem Allam. The 74-year-old Egyptian caused controversy last week when it was revealed the club had applied to change it's name from Hull City Association Football Club to Hull City Tigers.