UKIP leader Nigel Farage pinpointed the impact of immigration, EU fishing rules and wind turbines as key election issues for Boston.
The leader arrived in Boston as part of a tour of the county today and will speak at Wyberton Sports and Social Club tonight at a meeting from 7.30pm.
Speaking to The Standard, Mr Farage said the party had performed strongly in Boston in past European elections, and hopes to build on that at May 2’s Lincolnshire County Council contests.
He said that Boston is ‘certainly in the top 10’ when it comes to town’s most affect by immigration and is worried that the arrival of Bulgaria and Romania into the EU next year will pave the way for a ‘second wave’ of migrants.
He called for tougher work permits to control immigration, saying he understood why people are attracted to come to places such as Boston to live and work, adding: “If I was a young Bulgarian I would be packing my bags now.”
He also urged ‘moderation’ when it comes to the language and actions of people in the town when it comes to the topic.
He said: “I think there is a feeling that we are not putting the needs of our own people first.”
Mr Farage, who had called in at Grantham earlier today to sign a book of condolence for Margaret Thatcher, then met people along West Street and spoke to fishermen at The Eagle pub.
For more from Mr Farage, including reports from tonight’s meeting, see next week’s Boston Standard and click on the video above to see Mr Farage explain why he thinks the party can succeed in Boston.