ELECTION: Speaking to the ‘floating voters’

Mind now made up ... Lorraine Yates, of Sibsey.
Mind now made up ... Lorraine Yates, of Sibsey.

For some of the ‘floating voters’ found through The Standard’s survey earlier this year, the decision over which party to back on May 7 has become clear in recent weeks.

Lorraine Yates, 60, of Station Road, Sibsey, had been torn between the Conservatives and UKIP at the time of first speaking to the paper.

However, following national speculation UKIP would consider a coalition with The Labour Party after the election, her mind has been made up, opting to vote as last time - Conservative.

She said: “I can’t understand it because UKIP’s policies are completely opposite to Labour.”

Mrs Yates said she objected to Labour’s policies, did not have faith in its leader and also was concerned over its record on the economy.

“I would never vote Labour if I lived to be two hundred years old,” she said. “They virtually bankrupted us before and we are now just getting back on our feet.”

She said she had been attracted to UKIP over their stance on the EU.

This was due in part to the impact of immigration.

She said: “We haven’t got the amenities here. They are letting everyone in, but they aren’t building any extra hospitals for them.”

She added: “Everything is overstretched in this country. It has got to stop somewhere - we will sink. I know they need people for work, but they don’t need that amount.”

However, she also felt the country’s national identity was being lost in the process.

“I don’t want to be classed as European,” she said. “I want England to be England.”

She said there would have been no doubt in her mind how to vote, however, if Mark Simmonds was standing again for the Conservatives, saying he had repeatedly helped resolve issues she had encountered.

“If he was standing I would not have had the dilemma at all,” she said. “He’s the best MP we have ever had. He really cared about the people of Boston.”

Derek Green, 74, of Camelot Gardens, Boston, is another voter who in recent weeks has lost his floating voter status.

He said: “I just wanted to see what the opposition to what I call ‘my party’ was. Looking at the TV and reading the papers, I haven’t much hope in any of the others to be honest.”

He described himself as now ‘fully committed’ to voting Conservative, the route he says he has taken throughout his life.

He added: “I do think that the outcome will be so close that an overall majority will not be gained so we could see another coalition. Obviously a lot depends on how many people actually bother to cast their vote.”