UKIP launches election campaign focusing on immigration, energy and the EU

UKIP's East Midlands candidates launch their campaign for the European elections, which are held in May. Pictured outside Corby Cube are , from left, Barry Mahoney, Nigel Wickens, Margo Parker, Roger Helmer and Jonathan Bullock
UKIP's East Midlands candidates launch their campaign for the European elections, which are held in May. Pictured outside Corby Cube are , from left, Barry Mahoney, Nigel Wickens, Margo Parker, Roger Helmer and Jonathan Bullock
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UKIP’s five East Midlands candidates for the European elections in May were in Corby town centre on Monday (March 3) to launch their campaign.

Defending MEP Roger Helmer and candidates Margot Parker, Kettering borough councillor Jonathon Bullock, Nigel Wickens and Barry Mahoney met outside The Cube to outline the issues they will be campaigning on, with immigration, energy and membership of the European Union the top hot topics.

Margot Parker, who polled 5,108 votes in the Corby and East Northants by-election in 2012, coming third after Labour and the Conservative Party, said: “It was during that campaign that the issue of immigration really came to the fore. People talked about how it was affecting their day-to-day lives, whether that was the lack of social housing, low wages or the sadness of young people leaving college and being unable to find jobs.

“It was one of the most talked about issues.”

Mr Bullock said UKIP offered voters their only chance of a referendum on EU membership and said that the party would continue to campaign against HS2, the high speed rail network, which, he said, would cost Northamptonshire £200m in lost economic output.