Secret meeting discussed UKIP and setting up ‘Boston Hope’

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A secret meeting was held last night to discuss UKIP’s influence in Boston and ways to ‘dispel myths’ about migrants in the town.

The meeting was organised by the campaign group Hope Not Hate - and was strictly by invite only.

The Standard was not allowed access to the meeting, which was held at an unknown private address in the south of the town.

Hope Not Hate’s Owen Jones said the overall feeling of the meeting was concern and anger that Boston was ‘gaining an image as a racist town’.

“People came to express their views because they feel that UKIP and the protest march group does not represent what most people in Boston feel,” he said.

“A lot of people were saying how this problem is a symptom of underlying issues in the town.

“People have grievances in their lives and the answer is not pointing fingers and saying it’s your fault, or sterotyping certain people.”

He said the group decided to set up an additional campaign called Boston Hope which would look at ways to ‘educate people’ about migrants and the hardships some of them face, with exploitation at work.

For more on this see next week’s Boston Standard newpaper.