Scotland politics

Scottish MEP David Coburn to stand for UKIP leadership

David Coburn Image copyright PA
Image caption Mr Coburn is UKIP's only elected representative in Scotland

UKIP's Scottish MEP David Coburn has said he will stand for the party's leadership.

Paul Nuttall stood down as leader after the general election, in which the party's share of the vote fell significantly.

Mr Nuttall came third in the Boston and Skegness constituency.

On Twitter, Mr Coburn said he was announcing his candidacy for UKIP leader "to stop entryists, dilettantes and single issue loonies".

"I have had enough."

He also tweeted: "I have had enough of pashmina sofa politics pushed on ukip I want a return to the good old days."

However, he has indicated that he will not contest the leadership if Nigel Farage decides to stand again for the post.

Mr Coburn previously expressed an interest in his party's leadership after the resignation of Diane James last year.

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