Ex-Tory leader thrilled with “fantastic” response in Lincolnshire as Vote Leave battle bus tours county

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Former Conservative party leader and cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith has described today’s (Saturday) Vote Leave campaigning in Lincolnshire as “fantastic”.

The Vote Leave battle bus toured the county, with Iain Duncan Smith leading the campaign in Grantham, Boston and Lincoln.

The Vote Leave campaign led by Iain Duncan Smith visits Lincolnshire EMN-160521-153135001

The Vote Leave campaign led by Iain Duncan Smith visits Lincolnshire EMN-160521-153135001

He said: “We’ve had a fantastic reception, things have gone really, really, well.

“A lot of people have been lining up. We’ve been to Grantham, we were in Boston, we’ve been here [Lincoln].

“This has been a phenomenal reception from the people.”

Speaking about the reaction in Boston, Mr Duncan Smith said: “Fantastic. We went to the market there, which was great, absolutely great, loads of people coming to us saying they want to join the campaign.”

And we asked him how leaving the EU would benefit a rural county like Lincolnshire.

He said: “We get back our money. We give £350m a week to the European Union.

“In agriculture subsidies alone every year we give £5bn to the European Union, we only get £2.9bn back. It means £2bn goes off to somebody else.

“We’ll be able to help communities like this in a much better way and more directly as a result of us having our own money.

“And border control means we’ll be able to control migration so you don’t have the pressure on many of the communities in this area.

“The third one - 60 per cent of our laws are now made by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, and we’ll get that back.”

Vote Leave is the official campaign for a ‘leave’ vote in the EU referendum and aims to ‘take back control from the EU and negotiate a new UK-EU deal based on free trade and friendly co-operation’.