DJ Mike Read visits Boston in support of UKIP ahead of Nigel Farage’s visit

DJ Mike Read visiting the UKIP office in Boston. Pictured with parliamentary candidate Councillor Robin Hunter-Clarke EMN-150604-112944001
DJ Mike Read visiting the UKIP office in Boston. Pictured with parliamentary candidate Councillor Robin Hunter-Clarke EMN-150604-112944001

A high-profile member of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) visited Boston this week.

On Saturday, former Top of the Pops presenter and Radio 1 DJ Mike Read came to the town.

The DJ was supporting the party’s parliamentary candidate Coun Robin Hunter-Clarke and visited Boston and Skegness with him.

Mr Read and Coun Hunter-Clarke both joined UKIP on the same day in 2012 and have since spoken together at conferences all over the country.

He said: “It was great to be back in Boston and Skegness, somewhere where I did the Radio 1 roadshows.

“In Robin you have a truly superb candidate who will make an excellent MP for his hometown.”

Coun Hunter-Clarke said: “It was so kind of Mike to take time out of his busy schedule to pop up and offer his support.

“The support for UKIP when walking around the two towns was incredible, while Mike stopped for photos and autographs.”

The event is one of a series of visits from high-profile party members, including leader Nigel Farage, who is set to visit the town today (Wednesday).

Mr Farage is set to hold a public meeting at Haven High Academy’s Marian Campus at 6.30pm and 8pm.

Last week, Mr Farage caused controversy when he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the town’s population was not integrated as a result of immigration and children were not playing together in the streets as a result.

Challenged to name market towns where children did not play in the streets because of immigration, he said: “Just travel up the eastern spine of England. Go to Peterborough, go to Boston, go and see the fact that we don’t have integration under what’s happened.”

Coun Hunter-Clarke defended his party leader, and said: “What Nigel was talking about is the lack of community cohesion in Boston because of mass uncontrolled immigration.

“There are some people because of this policy who have not integrated into British society.”

He said his party believed that people integrated better when migration was controlled to levels similar to those of 10 years ago.