Gay Scottish UKIP leader quits the party

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UK Independence Party (UKIP) member of the European Parliament David Coburn waits for leader of the Nigel Farage to address a rally to put forward the case against Scottish independence in Glasgow on September 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ ANDY BUCHANAN (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

David Coburn, the leader of UKIP in Scotland, has quit the party, following Nigel Farage and Paul Nuttall. One of a few openly gay pro-Brexit politicians decided to leave in a sign of protest against the party changing its political course to more far-right. Coburn condemned the “infiltration” of the party by far-right nationalists and questioned UKIP’s courting of former English Defence League leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, known as Tommy Robinson. Coburn also noted that it was very sad for him to resign from the party to which he devoted a decade of his life. 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 the Brexit we fought so hard for,” he said in a quitting statement.

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