A Muslim millionaire has made a substantial donation to Reform UK.

A Muslim entrepreneur has contributed hundreds of thousands of pounds to Reform UK, citing concerns over what he perceives as the UK’s loss of control over its borders. The exact amount donated by Zia Yusuf to the party has not been disclosed, but Reform UK claims it is the largest donation received during their current general election campaign. Nigel Farage, leader of Reform UK, has faced criticism from Muslim organizations following his remarks that a growing number of Muslims do not share British values.

Responding to accusations that some in Reform UK are racist, Mr. Yusuf emphasized the party’s commitment to safeguarding British values and prioritizing the interests of all British citizens regardless of their faith or background. Apart from his financial support, the 37-year-old is expected to play a public role for Reform UK during the campaign.

In an interview with The Telegraph, where news of his donation first surfaced, Mr. Yusuf expressed his love for Britain and identified himself as a British Muslim patriot, a sentiment he believes is shared by the majority of Muslims in the country. He argued that unsustainable levels of net migration are hindering integration efforts and placing undue strain on the NHS, underscoring his belief that the country has “lost control of our borders.”

Addressing comments made by Nigel Farage about young people in the UK not adhering to British values, Mr. Yusuf acknowledged concerns but cautioned against divisive rhetoric. He characterized his support for Reform UK as a patriotic duty and emphasized the need for strong leadership in addressing national challenges.

Reform UK confirmed that Mr. Yusuf’s donation was made recently as a lump sum and has not yet been reflected in Electoral Commission donation figures. During the initial week of campaigning, Reform UK reported raising £140,000, compared to larger sums collected by mainstream parties.

Born in Scotland and educated in England, Mr. Yusuf pursued a career in finance after attending Hampton School in Middlesex and working at Goldman Sachs. Formerly a member of the Conservative Party, he expressed dissatisfaction with the current government’s handling of critical issues, prompting his departure from the party.

While Mr. Yusuf acknowledged similarities between himself and figures like Rishi Sunak, another son of migrants who achieved success in finance, he criticized the government’s internal discord and perceived inability to govern effectively.

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