Election manifesto leaflets focussing on immigration issues have been criticised by the Mayor of Skegness.
Coun Mark Anderson has accused UKIP candidates standing in the upcoming Lincolnshire County Council elections of bringing national politics into local matters and offending foreign nationals living in the town.
Speaking at Wednesday’s Skegness Town Council meeting he said: “All my life I’ve fought against racism and bullying and harassment and by God when I take these chains off, some people are going to feel my fist come down on them so hard about the things that have been said.”
The mayor’s comments follow concerns raised in last week’s Standard by a Romanian man living in Skegness who said he was offended when a leaflet distributed by UKIP candidate Robin Hunter Clarke landed on his doorstep.
The leaflet warns of the ‘massive threat’ posed by the 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians who will be able to migrate to the UK when their countries join the EU next year.
Coun Anderson said his own parents were Burmese refugees who had fled to the UK after being kicked out of their country of birth, having spent years fighting for democracy.
Coun Hunter-Clarke responded angrily to the comments later in the meeting.
“Shame on you for bringing party politics into this arena,” he said.