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Campaigner calls for ‘people’s referendum’ after Boston councillors agree allowance rise

Kevin Hughes-West who wants to hold a peoples referendum. DJ

Kevin Hughes-West who wants to hold a peoples referendum. DJ

The recent rise in borough councillors’ allowances at a time when many are struggling has caused one man to call for a referendum.

Kevin Hughes-West, 55, of Fishtoft, is asking people to stand up and sign a petition calling on the councillors to reconsider their recent decision – which saw special allowances to lead councillors by 20 per cent.

He said that in the current climate where people are to be charged extra tax such as the bedroom tax, it was unfair 
for councillors to take the rise.

He said: “If you think councillors are charging too much, you can have a people’s referendum.

“I think it’s time people in Boston stood up and had the referendum about what’s being charged.”

Mr Hughes-West has lived in Boston since he was 19, and is a former fairground operator.

He previously ran for council under the BNP banner in 2007, although said he had since left the party.

Mr Hughes-West has set up a Facebook page for people to contact him over his referendum idea.

 

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