The Conservative Party’s election candidate has pledged to go on a extensive 12-date public meeting tour to get in touch with what voters want.
Matt Warman, who won an open primary to become the Tory candidate, says he wants to lay out his ambitions for the area and canvass the views of all those who live and work within it.
The open-to-all themed events will be held in Boston, Skegness and villages to cover as wide a range of issues as possible.
He said: “I want to genuinely represent the people of Boston and Skegness in Westminster and I know there’s a real need to listen to the wide range of views held across the constituency.
“So we’ll be holding meetings, for instance, about tourism in Skegness, about traffic in Boston and about a host of rural issues in the villages in between. It’s a chance to discuss in greater depth the issues people have raised with me as I’ve been campaigning over the last few weeks in the constituency.”
Dates and venues for the meetings will be announced in due course, with the programme set to start this year and to carry on in 2015.
These public meetings are intended to add to the formal, cross-party hustings anticipated closer to the election, as well as Matt’s programme of Facebook and Twitter Q&As around the same time.
Matt, currently head of technology at the Daily Telegraph, added: “Millions around Britain feel disconnected from politics; these are the kind of public meetings, open to all, that I want to hold now and that I would continue to hold regularly as the Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness: listening to constituents is crucial if Westminster is to build a better Britain. I hope the vast majority of the residents of the seat will be within easy distance of at least one session: there’s no reason not to come. Whether it’s on tax, the National Health Service, immigration or Europe, I believe the Conservative Party is the only party that can deliver the reforms we urgently need in our country and I will be making that case at every opportunity.”
Anyone who would like to suggest a venue or offer their own is invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The provisional list of locations currently includes: Boston, Skegness, Ingoldmells, Wainfleet, Burgh le Marsh, Sibsey, Wrangle/Friskney/Old Leake/Butterwick, Fishtoft, Bicker, Wyberton and Firsby.
As as a theme, each meeting will feature a general Q&A session.