Boston gave the biggest level of support in the entire country to UKIP in the European elections – and is now set to be a key general election target.
A total of 52 per cent of voters in the borough backed the party, with 7,570 out of the 14,676 of the electorate who turned out choosing UKIP.
The party was first across the region with 368,734 votes, with the Conservatives in second and Labour third.
The five MEPs to represent the region will now be Roger Helmer and Margot Parker of UKIP, Emma McClarkin and Andrew Iain Lewer of the Conservative Party and Labour’s Glenis Willmott.
Mr Helmer said he and his fellow campaigners were excited about the results.
He said: “We’re feeling extremely grateful to the people of Boston for the support they have given us.”
He put his party’s success down to voters agreeing with its ‘broader policies on immigration’, adding: “There was this key local issue that fits with our agenda. I think UKIP’s always been strong in the area, it was strong last time.”
He was delighted that the UKIP vote held up in the face of challenge from other Eurosceptic parties, notably An Independence from Europe which fielded ousted ex-UKIP county leader Chris Pain.
On whether Boston is now a key target for 2015’s general election, he said: “As Nigel (Farage) said, our strategy is to be very focussed, very targeted, with a couple of dozen sites or so where we think we will have a real chance, I can’t make commitments but I personally would be astonished if Boston wasn’t on it.”
The regional result was:
An Independence from Europe: 21,384
British National Party: 18,326
Conservative Party: 291,270
English Democrats: 11,612
Green Party: 67,066
Harmony Party: 2,194
Labour Party: 279,363
Liberal Democrats: 60,773
Turnout was 33.34 per cent.
In Boston the votes cast were:
An Independence from Europe: 364
British National Party: 214
Conservative Party: 3,661
English Democrats: 157
Green Party: 445
Harmony Party: 21
Labour Party: 1,613
Liberal Democrats: 631
Total votes cast in Boston borough - 14,676. Turnout 33.34 per cent.