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Muslim entrepreneur gives Reform biggest donation of campaign

Muslim entrepreneur has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to Reform UK, saying migrants who came to Britain legally are dismayed that “we have lost control of our borders”.

Zia Yusuf, who co-founded the luxury concierge app Velocity Black before selling it last year for £233 million, believes Nigel Farage alone has the policies to heal the “broken” country.

Mr Yusuf’s donation to Reform, the biggest of the election campaign so far, is a major coup for a party which faces regular accusations of racism from its critics.

It is also a blow to the Conservatives, as the entrepreneur is a former member of the Tory Party but now thinks they are unable to make the “hard decisions”.

The 37-year-old, whose parents came to Britain from Sri Lanka in the 1980s and forged careers in the NHS, said the “vast majority of Muslims” in the country are patriots who believe net migration is too high.

He told The Telegraph: “My parents came here legally. When I talk to my friends they are as affronted as anyone by illegal Channel crossings, which are an affront to all hard-working British people but not least the migrants who played by the rules and came legally.

“I think Britain can be an amazing country, it’s the country of Dyson and DeepMind, but we have completely lost control of our borders, that is just factually correct.”

Mr Yusuf claimed net migration was at 50,000 when his parents arrived in Britain, which made assimilation easier.

“Last year it was 650,000 and that’s causing the NHS to buckle under pressure, despite us spending more than we have ever spent on it. We are also not building enough homes to cope with the growing population.”

Mr Yusuf was born in Scotland and when his parents moved to the south of England he won a 50 per cent scholarship to attend the fee-paying Hampton School in Middlesex.

After working for the investment bank Goldman Sachs, he took a gamble by quitting his high-paid job to set up a business with old school friend Alex Macdonald.

He says they worked seven days a week, without holidays, for years to build Velocity Black, an invitation-only travel and events app for the rich and famous.

With pop stars Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding among clients, the company does everything from booking flights to securing Wimbledon Centre Court tickets.

Last year Mr Yusuf and Mr Macdonald sold the business to Capital One, the American credit card and banking giant, netting more than £30 million each for their shares in the business.

Parallels with Sunak

Mr Yusuf’s life story has distinct parallels with another son of migrants with roots in the Indian subcontinent: Rishi Sunak.

Both have parents who came to Britain and worked in the health service, both went to top private schools thanks to sacrifices made by their parents, both worked for Goldman Sachs and both left to set up their own businesses.

It is no wonder that Mr Yusuf became a member of the Conservative Party, but he now feels completely let down by Mr Sunak and his team.

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