RIGHT-WINGER David Coburn left students from all over the world in the lurch after taking tuition fees in advance. UKIP’s top Scottish candidate in next month’s European elections left foreign students thousands of pounds out of pocket after he shut down their language school. Right-winger David Coburn left the students from all over the world in the lurch after taking tuition fees in advance. Coburn, 55, is described in a UKIP election leaflet as an “international freight forwarding business owner”. He ran the Lexicon School of English in London’s Kensington, which was dissolved in 1993 by the Companies Registrar after failing to file accounts. But Coburn improperly carried on trading, despite an outstanding rent bill of £45,000 and was still taking in cash until just before he closed the school. Angry students said they were left in extreme financial difficulties with one describing Coburn as an “absolute b*****d’’.
After Lexicon’s collapse, other language schools offered the students free courses. Two of Coburn’s other companies, Heliogabalus and DC Trading, were dissolved in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Coburn, now renting accommodation in Edinburgh, said: “I have had a lot of businesses. Some have been better than others. “The students all transferred on to other schools. It was the time of the Gulf War starting and everyone was having trouble. Businesses were doing badly all over the place. “Plus there were lots of cheap language schools opening up which undermined everyone. If you can’t make money out it, you have to close it.” Scotland has six European seats up for grabs this year and UKIP are hopeful of grabbing one, with Coburn top of their list.
Alex Salmond has previously insisted that an independent Scotland would have more liberal immigration policies than the UK. Coburn said: “Mr Salmond seems to want to fill the country with people from God knows where. “That’s what has happened in England where people are desperately unhappy about it and are voting UKIP.” Coburn also insists that Scots living outside Scotland should have a vote in the independence referendum. He said: “Salmond is destroying their citizenship. If they don’t get a postal vote in the referendum, it is not worth a candle. It is a fraud.”