Ukip’s Scot­land leader Coburn quits in protest

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UKIP’S leader in Scot­land has re­signed in protest at the “English na­tion­al­ist di­rec­tion” adopted by the party.

David Coburn, an MEP, also ac­cused the party of pro­mot­ing anti-is­lamic poli­cies.

Writ­ing in a let­ter to the Ukip party chair­man and the chair­man of the party in Scot­land, Mr Coburn said: “As a union­ist, I ab­hor English na­tion­al­ism as much as I ab­hor Scot­tish na­tion­al­ism.

“The party has been in­fil­trated by peo­ple with an al­ter­na­tive agenda, which is not the one on which I stood when I was elected and sadly does not rep­re­sent the val­ues for which Ukip once stood.

“I did not run on an anti-is­lam plat­form. Un­for­tu­nately, this seems to be the di­rec­tion that Ukip is tak­ing – ob­sess­ing about this is­sue to the ex­clu­sion of all else at a time when we might lose Brexit.”

Mr Coburn’s res­ig­na­tion came as Ukip MEP and for­mer leader Paul Nut­tall also quit the party in protest at Tommy Robinson be­ing ap­pointed as an ad­viser.

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