Ukip leader Nigel Farage confirms Scotland return

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has confirmed he will return to Scotland. Picture: Jane Barlow
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has confirmed he will return to Scotland. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Ukip leader Nigel Farage has confirmed he will return to campaign in Scotland, one month after angry demonstrators hounded him out of an Edinburgh pub.

• Ukip leader Nigel Farage will return to Scotland to campaign for the party with a visit to Aberdeen

• Mr Farage was forced to leave a pub in Edinburgh’s Royal Mile last month after protestors gathered outside the Canons’ Gait

The MEP will be in Aberdeen on Tuesday next week to raise the profile of his party’s candidate in a Scottish Parliament by-election.

Mr Farage was involved in a public confrontation when he held a press conference in The Canons’ Gait pub in the Royal Mile near Holyrood on May 16.

He intended to promote his Donside candidate Otto Inglis but the event was cut short when protesters mobbed the room.

Mr Farage tried to leave by taxi but protesters blocked its path and he was forced to return to the pub. Police then barricaded the doors until a riot van came to his aid.

The by-election takes place on Thursday next week. The seat was made vacant by the death of SNP MSP Brian Adam.

Mr Farage said: “I am thoroughly looking forward to coming back up to Scotland again, this time to help our admirable candidate in Aberdeen Donside, Otto Inglis.

“According to what our canvassers are hearing on the doorstep there is definitely a significant growth in support for the party in Scotland and though we will have to work as hard as ever to deserve our votes, that is precisely what we intend to do.

“On fishing rights, on wind farms and, of course, on the constitutional issue, Ukip has a clear and distinct position, one which we discover is getting an ever larger audience”.

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