After a series of dreadful polls, self-inflicted blunders, and a resurgence of the Lib Dems, the Remainer party Change UK / Independent Group has struggled to justify its existence as we get closer to the European elections. The party was formed, after all, on the presumption that the Lib Dems (who did remarkably well in the local elections) were a spent electoral force, unable to carry the Remainer torch.
Now it appears that even Change UK’s candidates in the European elections are wondering if there’s any point. Today, in a remarkable statement, the top of Change UK’s candidate list in Scotland, David Macdonald, has announced that people should back the Lib Dems instead of his own party.
In a letter to Anna Soubry, the MEP candidate said that although Change UK was a ‘force for good’, he had decided to do what was best for Scotland and ‘resign as lead candidate for Change UK, lending my support to the Scottish Liberal Democrats for the upcoming election.’ Macdonald said he believed that they were the ‘most likely party… to have a chance of being elected’:
After losing its top candidate and with prospective MEP Rachel Johnson struggling to name a single Lib Dem policy she disagrees with, Mr S can’t help but wonder: will there be any candidates left for Change UK by the elections on 23 May?