Joseph Russo was announced yesterday as the new pro-EU party’s top candidate in Scotland. But he has already resigned after it emerged that he had made a number of offensive posts online between 2010 and 2013. On a Twitter account, which has since been deleted, Mr Russo wrote: “Black women scare me. I put this down to be chased through Amsterdam by a crazy black wh***.”
In another tweet, he said: “I wonder if there’s a c*** / anchovy correlation. One smells like the other.”
Change UK today confirmed Mr Russo’s resignation.
The party said in a statement: ”We have been made aware of several offensive Twitter posts. We have discussed this with Joseph Russo and it has been agreed that he will stand down and is no longer on our list of candidates.”
It comes after another Change UK candidate, former Tory Ali Sadjady, also quit over inappropriate social media posts.
In 2017, Mr Sadjady tweeted: “When I hear that 70% of pick pockets caught on the London Underground are Romanian it kind makes me want Brexit.”
Change UK started out as The Independent Group earlier this year when Remainer Labour and Tory MPs left their parties over Brexit.
The party yesterday kicked off its campaign for the European elections, which will take place next month if the UK is still a member of the EU.
Rachel Johnson, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s sister, former Tory MP Neil Carmichael, ex Liberal Democrat MEP Diana Wallace and former Labour MP Jon Owen Jones are among Change UK’s candidates to become members of the European Parliament.
Speaking at the launch event, interim leader Heidi Allen said: “We are here today with a very strong message.
“If you are fed up with our broken politics, join us, get involved and let’s change it together.
“We are here to say we stand ready. These elections are a chance to send the clearest possible message.
“We demand a People’s Vote and the right to campaign to remain in the EU. We are not afraid to say it as clearly as that.”