Story of Corby election goes to Scotland

UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the campaign trail with Margot Parker last year
UKIP leader Nigel Farage on the campaign trail with Margot Parker last year

The story of the Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election will be taken to Scotland next week when Margot Parker rallies support for UKIP.

Mrs Parker, who lives in Weldon and stood in the Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election for UKIP, will travel to Ayr and Edinburgh on Tuesday (June 11) and Wednesday (June 12).

In Ayr she will be speaking to UKIP supporters who are setting up their own branch and will use the inspirational story of how UKIP performed in Northamptonshire when Tory Louise Mensch quit her seat last year.

Mrs Parker, whose parents come from Dumfries and Annan, said: “In Corby and East Northamptonshire we started from a zero position, so a priority was setting up a branch.

“That’s what we are trying to do in Ayr too. I want to tell the Corby election story to the Scottish people. After all, we ended up beating the Conservatives in Corby, we beat the Lib Dems across the whole constituency, they even lost their deposit, and we won more than 5,000 votes from a zero position just three months earlier.”

She said the UKIP legacy in Corby now sees ex-Labour mayor Peter McGowan moving to UKIP and the party’s membership in the area growing daily.

The town’s MEP Derek Clark said: “Margot did a magnificent job in the by-election last year. The team in Corby and East Northamptonshire did UKIP proud and proved we attract voters and politicians from all parties, even in so-called Labour strongholds.

“I’m convinced those who speak to Margot next week will take inspiration from the Corby story.”

Mrs Parker will also be on the campaign trail for Donside UKIP candidate Otto Onglis in the forthcoming by-election.