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Tuesday 7.30pm: The campaign group that published alleged racist comments on the Facebook pages of UKIP county councillors is to hold a public meeting in Spalding in July.

Hope Not Hate is also holding meetings in Boston and Lincoln next week.

Spalding businessman Alan Jesson claims he and fellow newly elected UKIP had their Facebook accounts hacked and comments published beside their pictures were not actually their words.

Hope Not Hate journalist and researcher Simon Cressy says the hacking defence isn’t a new one and it has previously been used by the BNP.

• UKIP party leader Nigel Farage revealed the issues surrounding Lincolnshire’s county councillors will be debated by his party’s national executive on Monday. See tomorrow’s Spalding Guardian for the full story.