UKIP MEP to answer questions at public meeting in Grantham

Diane James MEP
Diane James MEP
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Residents have the chance to question and meet the UKIP Justice and Home Affairs spokesman, Diane James MEP, next week.

Ms James will address the meeting in the Newton Room in the Guildhall Arts Centre on Monday, April 25, from 7pm to 9pm.

Lincolnshire County Councillor Victoria Ayling.

Lincolnshire County Councillor Victoria Ayling.

Victoria Ayling, UKIP’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, will also be there to listen to residents’ concerns and answer questions about policing matters.

Diane James, who trained as a business analyst and is UKIP’s frontbench spokesman on Justice and Home Affairs, said: “I am looking forward to meeting Lincolnshire residents and listening to their concerns about crime and the justice system. Crime and anti-social behaviour should not be a lifestyle option. The EU has plans for policing and judicial harmonisation across all member states.

“I am delighted to support UKIP’s candidate Victoria Ayling to become the next PCC and to discuss not only her areas of focus but also place them in the context of EU membership.”

Victoria Ayling, a barrister, who has worked in blue chip companies as well as family businesses and is now a Lincolnshire County County Councillor, said; “I want the best possible policing for the people of Lincolnshire. Funding is the key to this, but also I think it important that the views and concerns of the residents are listened to. I am delighted that Diane James is taking the policing in Lincolnshire so seriously, and is actually coming to meet residents, as opposed to just flying by for a photo opportunity.”

Residents can turn up on the night. There is no need for a ticket.

Meanwhile on Thursday (April 21) two politicians will debate the pros and cons of staying in the European Union at a public meeting in Grantham ahead of the referendum on June 23.

Emma McClarkin MEP will speak on why she believes the United Kingdom should leave the EU and former MEP Bill Newton Dunn, of the ‘Britain Stronger In’ group, will speak in favour of staying.

The debate is headed ‘The Big EU debate - You decide’ and will take place in the Council Chamber in St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, on Thursday, April 21, from 7pm to 9pm.

Both parties will speak followed by a question and answer session from members of the public. Coun Ray Wootten will be acting as facilitator.

It is free entry to the debate. If you wish to attend, contact Coun Wootten at or telephone 01476 400183 so organisers know how many people to accommodate.