David Coburn MEP has rebuffed requests from UKIP Scotland to hand back his MEP seat and allow his place to be taken by the next UKIP member on the list.
Ukip Scotland’s Regional officer and five regional chairs signed a letter urging Mr Coburn to stand aside. They thanked him for his service but said in light of his decision and the fact that voters backed UKIP as a Party as opposed to Mr Coburn as an individual. The letter pointed out: “140,534 people voted for UKIP at the election in question. They did not vote for an Independent MEP and therefore the democratic process should not be compromised by denying the wishes of these people.”
Coburn arrogantly dismissed the letter: “Essentially the party left me – I did not leave the party. There’s no way that I’m removing myself. I’m not going to be handing the seat over to anybody who is a supporter of Tommy Robinson.”
To say the conduct of UKIP’s ex MEPs has been disappointing, to say the least. They have shown no regard for the wishes of the people who voted for UKIP nor the Party itself and it reflects exceptionally poorly on their character; they should hand their seats back.