OPEN PRIMARY: Daily Telegraph journalist looking to connect with voters

Matt Warman. (Photo: Daily Telegraph)
Matt Warman. (Photo: Daily Telegraph)

The head of technology at the Daily Telegraph has entered the race to become the Conservative candidate.

Matt Warman, 33, has a strong affinity to the area, with wife Rachel’s family living here. His father-in-law is Boston Grammar School teacher Martin Weaver and his mother-in-law works at RSPB Freiston Shore.

He is head of a Conservative association in Hertfordshire – a role that has given him chance to pitch the views of the grassroots to the party leadership.

Matt – who covered last week’s launch of the new iPad for the Telegraph – says he has experience of boosting party membership and winning back votes and seats from the Lib Dems and UKIP, and vowed to replicate that success here.

He said: “In Boston and Skegness, and broadly in Lincolnshire, there’s a real disconnect between voters and politicians. That’s led to an awful lot of the UKIP phenomenon. One job is to be able to say that if you want, as a citizen of Boston, the best possible representation in Westminster then the best representative will be someone plugged into the Government and that’s not going to be UKIP.”

Matt feels it is ‘patronising’ to suggest people vote UKIP as a protest but added: “They play on people’s fears. I think everyone who knows the area realises it is a much more sophisticated debate than that.”

Matt feels there is also reason to be optimistic in Boston and Skegness - pointing to the relatively low number of empty shops in Boston and the establishment of a new aquarium in Skegness as signs of positives. He added: “Sometimes the area as a whole has suffered from the perception that it is one that only has problems but that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

He said tackling Europe is the ‘single biggest issue’ but also said it was key to look why some farmers are faced with the ‘invidious’ position that it makes more economic sense to give prime agricultural land over to solar farms.