‘Blue-KIP’ to battle Tories for West Lindsey

Claxby resident Howard Thompson of Gainsborough is standing in Market Rasen
Claxby resident Howard Thompson of Gainsborough is standing in Market Rasen
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We know their views on Europe, but where does UKIP stand on local issues?

As he gathers his ‘People’s Army’ for West Lindsey, the flag of Howard Thompson’s troops looks set to be deep purple.

UKIP currently has seven candidates standing in the local elections, though it hopes to have one in every ward. These include Howard standing in Market Rasen along with Osgodby farmer Mike Ranby, a UKIP regular.

The Gainsborough UKIP chairman is drafting policy little different to the ruling Conservatives. Like many Kippers, Howard is an ex-Tory.

“We are very keen on supporting MR BIG and getting trade into Market Rasen. We are very keen on supporting the Town Partnership. We’re against wind turbines and I support free parking for Market Rasen,” he said.

Despite some reservations over how it might work, he supports Tory ideas for an ‘entrepreneurial council.’

On housing, he opposes greenfield development and backs Welton’s Coun Diana Rodgers (Ind) in opposing ‘excessive’ housing development there. But housing highlights UKIP’s totemic policies. While Market Rasen has few immigrants, immigration fuels overcrowding in the South-East, forcing people to move to Lincolnshire, over-burdening our schools, NHS and roads. “The whole infrastructure is groaning. Where are the jobs for our new residents?”