David Coburn (politician)

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David Coburn
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Member of the European Parliament
for Scotland
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Personal details
Born (1959-02-11) 11 February 1959 (age 55)
Glasgow, Scotland
Political party UK Independence Party
Education University of Leeds

David Coburn (born 11 February 1959) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Scotland region for the UK Independence Party. He was elected in 2014.[1]

He was educated at the High School of Glasgow, and studied law at the University of Leeds, which he failed.[2] He previously worked as an art dealer and City trader before entering his current job as the owner of a freight company.[2]

Coburn contested the seat of Old Bexley and Sidcup in 2010, winning 1,532 votes which put him in fifth place. He also stood in Bexley and Bromley in the 2012 London Assembly election, finishing fourth. He lives in London.[3][4]

Coburn is the party's second openly gay MEP.[2][5]

Political views[edit]

David Coburn describes himself as a libertarian and he has vowed to pursue a hardline "libertarian agenda", working closely with the so-called 'London Elite'. He said he wanted businesses to be free of interference from government. Coburn favours the legalisation of recreational drugs, believing that banning drugs causes crime.[2] He has spoken out against Scottish independence during an interview on the BBC's referendum flagship show 'Scotland Decides'. During this interview he also claimed UKIP are the most 'unracist' political party. Despite being gay himself, he feels that gay marriage should not be allowed as it increases homophobia from religious people, and that civil partnerships suffice.[2]