Costly turbines push firms away as well as bats

Howard Thompson, Roger Helmer MEP and PPC John Saxon before they campaigned in Rasen's high street EMN-150413-130313001
Howard Thompson, Roger Helmer MEP and PPC John Saxon before they campaigned in Rasen's high street EMN-150413-130313001

UKIP is taking support from both Labour and the Tories, as voters accept mass immigration is hitting pay packets.

Such was the message of East Midlands Euro MP Roger Helmer as he visited Market Rasen on Saturday, with Gainsborough PPC John Saxon and district council candidates including Howard Thompson and Mike Ranby.

The campaigners had been in Gainsborough earlier that day before seeing planned wind turbine sites around Blyton and Hemswell Cliff.

“I was in Huddersfield yesterday and was impressed by how we are pulling votes off Labour. We are particularly proud of getting support from people who haven’t voted for years,” the MEP said.

The campaigners found the same in Gainsborough, for similar reasons.

“Wage compression means a lot of people earn less than they should be because of immigration,” he continued.

With the ‘influx’ of immigrants starting under Labour, it meant Labour was no longer the party of the ‘working class’ when it had harmed its “core vote” so much, the ‘Kippers’ agreed.

The UKIP energy spokesman also stressed UKIP’s opposition to wind turbines, who need subsidy to support them.

“Across Europe intensive energy users like aluminium smelters are closing down and moving to Russia and China because energy here is so expensive and this probably creates more emissions,” he said.

As well as their visual impact, turbines also harm local wildlife as their noise makes them move.

PPC John Saxon added when he lived in France the local bat population fled when turbines were built nearby.