UPDATE: MP quizzed on impact of immigration on Boston

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MP Mark Simmonds was questioned by councillors this afternoon on the impact of immigration on Boston.

Mr Simmonds described the issue as complicated and one that required ‘forensic analysis’ when he appeared before Boston Borough Council’s task and finish group.

He backed the council’s plans to licence houses of multiple occupancy and called for a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to anti-social behaviour during a wide-ranging session at the Municipal Buildings in West Street.

Mr Simmonds defended his record as a constituency MP and outlined why he backs changes to the benefits system and believes people should have a say on Britain’s future in Europe in the long term.

He challenged the view that immigration had been completely negative and said he thought most people’s views were broadly in line with his, stating: “If people are here legally and legitimately, are here to work and there’s a job and they’re paying taxes and making a contribution, they should be part of the community.”

For a full report of Mr Simmonds’ answers see Wednesday’s Boston Standard.