Ukip’s Scotland leader Coburn quits in protest
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.