Change UK’s lead candidate in Scotland defects a week before European elections | Politics News

One of Change UK’s top candidates in the European elections has defected to the Liberal Democrats, just a week before voters go to the polls.

David Macdonald was first on the new pro-Remain party’s list of hopefuls to become an MEP for Scotland when the elections are held on 23 May.

Chuka Umunna, an MP and spokesman for Change UK, said Mr Macdonald had “let down his fellow candidates and activists” by making the “disappointing” decision.

“We are focusing all our efforts on adding to the Remain vote in the UK and challenging the pro-Brexit Tory, Brexit and Labour parties,” he added.

Mr Macdonald was bumped up to the top of the Scottish candidates list when the post was vacated by another candidate who stood down.

Chuka Umunna said David Macdonald had 'let down his fellow candidates'
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Chuka Umunna said Mr Macdonald had ‘let down his fellow candidates’

The European Parliament elections are on track to go ahead after Britain did not leave the European Union on 29 March.

Tory Brexiteers and the government’s confidence and supply partners, the DUP, united with Labour to reject a divorce deal three times.

Mrs May has repeatedly said she does not want the UK to be holding the elections for a new cohort of 73 MEPs, but it is obliged to while still a member of the EU.

The parties standing in Scotland are Change UK, Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Brexit Party, UKIP and independents.

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