UKIP’s newly adopted parliamentary candidate for South Holland and The Deepings is calling for a public debate on the impact of immigration in the constituency.
David Parsons, a former Tory leader of Leicestershire County Council, says UKIP will hold public meetings and distribute a series of leaflets in the new year to allow debates and to gauge public opinion.
He says UKIP is not against immigration but wants to see the UK adopt a properly controlled points-based system with secure borders.
“This will never be the case if we remain in the EU,” said Mr Parsons.
UKIP is calling for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU.
When council leader in Leicestershire, Mr Parsons says he was responsible for one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the country.
He says: “Key to a well- balanced community was everyone feeling valued in an area and an open discussion on jobs and services.
“In South Holland we need to look at the impact of immigration on local services and jobs.”
UKIP is looking for evidence of what it calls the impact of “large scale immigration” on housing, GP surgeries, hospitals, school numbers and employment prospects for young people.