Grant Shapps MP, the Chairman of the Conservative Party, joined the party’s has five candidates, Emma McClarkin MEP, Andrew Lewer, Rupert Matthews, Stephen Castens and Brendan Clarke-Smith who are looking for victory in the election on Thurdsay, 22nd May 2014. Also in attendance were several of the county’s Members of Parliament – Sir Edward Leigh MP (Gainsborough), Karl McCartney MP (Lincoln) as well as Mark Simmonds MP (Boston & Skegness); together with local councillors and activists.
Mr. Shapps said that only by voting Conservative can people take part in a referendum on Britain’s place in Europe.
“Most people did not get a say in the last referendum on Europe in the 70s, which people thought was about joining the Common Market. It is time to give people a proper say.
“A referendum means voting Conservative.”
Emma McClarkin MEP, commenting on the rise of UK Independence Party, said:
“We are fighting this election every step of the way. The reality is UKIP has no MPs, no power and no plans for the future.”
The press launch was well attended by numerous local media outlets. Despite the damp weather a large body of candidates and activists headed from the Lincoln Hotel on Eastgate, to Castle Square and then down Steep Hill, on to the High Street, in what was described by one organiser as a ‘Mob-Canvass’.