Liberal Democrat candidate Issan Ghazni said if more of his party meet Eastern Europeans its electoral prospects would sky-rocket – after meeting members of Boston’s migrant community when visiting the town.
The candidate chose to tour five coffee shops in Boston and spoke to groups of Eastern Europeans. He said he found that everyone he met was working hard for a living but were uncertain about whether they could vote.
He said there were ‘unprecedented levels of fear over their future’.
He added: “I was welcomed with open arms in Boston because the recent arrivals were just so happy to hear our message on Europe, which is so different from all the other parties.
“Not only do millions of jobs for British citizens depend on trade with Europe but jobs in industries like the Lincolnshire farms, where they can’t get British-born workers, would collapse tomorrow if UKIP had their way.”
He said they told him of their fear at being kicked out of Britain due to the ‘hostile climate created by UKIP and certain newspapers’.
Ghazni said he reassured them they were able to vote in the European elections this May so long as they get on the electoral register, adding he felt many were enthusiastic about the Lib Dems, especially after hearing that the party believed in the free movement of goods and labour throughout the European Union.
He said: “All local parties across Britain would benefit from targeting this group in society who might otherwise not vote despite being natural Lib Dem supporters due to our positive position on Europe.”
He also urged local parties in the East Midlands region to take up MEP Bill Newton Dunn’s offer of free Euro-survey so that members can ask voters a set of questions which included one on the European Referendum and people’s views on voting intentions.
After touring the coffee shops, Ghazni joined other activists to leaflet Boston town centre.