MP: “UKIP’s win must not be dismissed”

Mark Simmonds MP
Mark Simmonds MP

Boston MP Mark Simmonds says UKIP’s strong performance in last week’s election is a sign of ‘difficult times’ and must not be dismissed.

UKIP took five of Boston’s seven seats on Lincolnshire County Council, and a further five in East Lindsey. The Sunday Times said that if the council results were bunched together Boston and Skegness was one of four Conservative electoral constituencies ‘won’ by UKIP.

Mr Simmonds, a minister in the Foreign Office, said: “The local election results are a clear reflection of the very difficult times that we are facing as a country.

“Immigration and its impact on local services is something that the population of Boston encounter on a regular basis and I fully understand their frustration at the situation that was allowed to develop under 13 years of Labour.

“This will not be reversed overnight. We must not be dismissive of the strength of feeling that clearly exists throughout the UK and specifically here in Boston and Skegness.”

Mr Simmonds, who will defend a 12,426 majority at the next General Election, defended the government’s record, but says the result proves that it must do more.

Mr Simmonds added: “The Government has already cut the deficit by a third, cut crime by more than 10 per cent and cut income tax for 24 million people but we must go further to ensure that people understand our aims and know that we are working hard to meet them.

“The Government must do more to prove that we are trying our hardest to make changes to the EU, return powers to the UK and properly exercise control over our benefits system and public services.”