EU elections: Change UK’s lead claimant in Scotland quits

David Macdonald

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David Macdonald pronounced he would not now be station as a claimant for Change UK

Change UK’s lead claimant for a EU elections in Scotland has quit a competition and is now endorsing a Lib Dems.

David Macdonald is tip of a Change UK list in Scotland, though pronounced a celebration “don’t mount many of a chance” of winning a chair in a 23 May poll.

He urged pro-Remain electorate to behind a Lib Dems to equivocate “splitting a vote” and benefiting pro-Brexit parties.

Change UK MP Chuka Umunna pronounced it was “disappointing” that Mr Macdonald had “let down his associate candidates”.

Mr Macdonald is a second lead claimant to quit a Change UK list in Scotland, after David Russo withdrew one day into a race.

Because a deadline for registrations has upheld he will still seem on a list paper for a party, though has created to MP Anna Soubry to announce his abdication and underline his subsidy for a Lib Dems.

Should Change UK win a chair in a Scotland constituency, it would now pass to a subsequent claimant on a list, Peter Griffiths.

Speaking alongside Scottish Lib Dem personality Willie Rennie outward Holyrood, Mr Macdonald – an eccentric councillor in East Renfrewshire – pronounced it had been “an honour” to be Change UK’s lead claimant in Scotland.

He pronounced a new celebration was “genuinely a force for good”, though that “if things continue as they are, a Remain opinion will separate in Scotland and put during risk a illustration that supporters of remaining in a EU collectively desire”.

He combined that “the numbers don’t demeanour good” for Change UK in Scotland, and that electorate should instead behind a “fundamentally similar” pro-EU and pro-UK height of a Lib Dems.

Mr Macdonald said: “They share many of a values of Change UK and are now a many expected celebration in foster of both remaining in a EU and of Scotland remaining in a UK to have a possibility of being elected.”

In response, Mr Umunna pronounced Mr Macdonald had “let down his associate possibilities and activists”.

He said: “We are focusing all a efforts on adding to a Remain opinion in a UK and severe a pro-Brexit Tory, Brexit and Labour parties.

“Winning electorate over from a categorical parties and flourishing a Remain opinion opposite a UK will continue to be a focus.”

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