The man who contested the Boston and Skegness election seat for UKIP in 2010 is to stand next year for An Independence From Europe.
County councillor Chris Pain has been chosen to contest the seat again after he attracted 9.5 per cent of the vote for his former party last time, finishing fourth.
Coun Pain had led UKIP in Lincolnshire until 2013 and was the official leader of the opposition on the county council after the party came second last May. He was then ousted from the party and his departure, along with that of several ‘breakaway’ councillors, handed the official opposition position to Labour.
He still contests the decision to force him out but wants to move on for his new party - which he stood for at this May’s European elections.
Mr Pain told The Standard: “I feel it is time that Boston and Skegness has an MP that lives in the area and represents the grave concerns of the local people, which includes the extreme pressure on our services, housing, health service, schools and jobs by the mass EU migration.
“I will fight to get more money to get the roads up to a standard that is acceptable and not pot hole ridden, also to get funding for the desperately needed Boston bypass.
“We need to make sure that Boston and Skegness have adequate flood defences, which should have been implemented years ago.”
He claims the rest of the field contains ‘three Conservatives’ - making reference to Tory Matt Warman, UKIP’s Robin Hunter-Clarke - who was previously in the Conservative Party – and Independent Lyn Luxton who tried and failed to make the Conservatives’ open primary shortlist earlier this year.
On Boston he vowed to halt what he says has been a decline in the town’s fortunes during his lifetime.
He added: “I have seen the town centre deteriorate rapidly over the last 30 years to something that is unrecognisable to the market town it was when I was young.”
Away from politics Mr Pain has been involved in business in the constituency and is a member of the Spilsby Round Table. He has also helped to drive a bus for disabled people and driven the meals on wheels services for the elderly.
Mr Pain said An Indepedentce From Europe will contest all of the seats on Boston Borough Council in a bid to ‘remodel’ the whole area - matching the pledge of UKIP. The council elections fall on the same day as the General Election, on May 7 next year.
An Independence from Europe finished in seventh place nationally in the European Parliament elections in May with 1.5 er cent of the vote. With Chris Pain as its number one candidate for the East Midlands, it attracted 1.9 per cent in this region.
It was the highest placed party to not win a seat. It was formed by former UKIP MEP Mike Nattrass who quit the party when he was deselected.