‘I’m not afraid to offend to people’

Paul Kenny was chosen to be Labour's candidate for Boston and Skegness
Paul Kenny was chosen to be Labour's candidate for Boston and Skegness

Former Boston mayor Coun Paul Kenny has vowed he is not afraid of offending people by saying the tough things needed to get action as he bids to become MP.

Coun Kenny won over Ben Cook in a two-man hustings event to be selected as Labour Party candidate for Boston and Skegness at next year’s General Election.

The borough councillor, who has lived in the area since 1991, believes he has the passion and knowledge of the local area required to win the seat.

He told The Standard: “If I have to offend people in saying things then I will. I won’t be held back. If I think it needs to be said I will say it.”

He pointed to six key campaign areas - protecting healthcare, road infrastructure, a fair deal from Parliament, quicker action on issues raised by Boston Borough Council’s ‘immigration inquiry’, rent and housing and similar funding and rights for this area as are being given to Scotland.

Coun Kenny finished second at both the 2005 and 2010 General Election - but said he is taking inspiration from Labour’s Gedling MP Vernon Coaker and Tory Anne Widdecombe - who both entered Parliament at the third attempt.

He added: “Maybe it’ll be third time lucky.”

The contest in May is set to be keenly fought – with the Conservatives due to hold an open primary to choose their candidate and UKIP also scheduled to hold a hustings event, with Neil Hamilton among the applicants.

Coun Kenny vowed: “I don’t want to see soundbite politicians. It’s going to be about policies for me.”