The five prospective UKIP MEPs for the East Midlands at the European elections on May 22 visited Grantham this afternoon to meet voters.
They included the standing UKIP MEP for the region Roger Helmer and Grantham-born Margot Parker.
The five candidates arrived in their “battle bus”, a van covered in UKIP colours as well as pictures of the candidates themselves and their leader Nigel Farage, in Market Place.
The other candidates are Jonathan Bullock, Nigel Wickens and Barry Mahoney.
Mr Helmer said they had had a good response from people in Grantham. He said: “It’s very encouraging. This is my fourth European campaign and I have never known such genuine support for our cause.”
Mr Helmer said people were fed up with the other parties and blamed the European Union for many issues including unemployment and immigration in the UK. He said: “We are sending £55 million a day to Brussels while at the same time we are short of beds in the NHS. People are asking what are we doing that for?”
Margot Parker was a pupil at KGGS and remains a regular visitor to Grantham from her home in Northamptonshire.
She said she still has many friends in the town and likes to come back and support small businesses.
She said: “I see a lot of friends in Grantham. I think a lot of people in the town will vote UKIP. They want to be able to vote for real people and not career politicians.”