Is Nigel Farage coming to Grantham and Stamford?
Brexit champion Nigel Farage could be marching his way through Grantham and Stamford in a few weeks in protest at what he calls the government’s ‘Brexit Betrayal.”
The former UKIP leader will leading the ‘March to Leave’ campaign, along with Leave Means Leave founder Richard Tice and Chairman John Longworth.
The march will leave Sunderland on Saturday March 16 and arrive in London on Friday March 29, the day Britain is currently due to leave the European Union.
The campaigners say they aim to have ‘a core group’ of marchers on each leg of the route, which will pass through Hartlepool, Pontefract, Doncaster and Wellingborough before culminating in a big rally in Westminster.
However, the organisers say that for security reasons they cannot say exactly when or where Mr Farage will be or whether he or the march would actually pass through Grantham and Stamford.
All a spokesman would tell the Mercury was, it would be “in our area.”
Either way, the campaigners accept the Grantham and Stamford constituency is politically significant.
First, Grantham is the birthplace of Margaret Thatcher, a Prime Minister who though initially supportive of what was once the ‘Common Market’, became infamous for her battles against Brussels, especially towards the end of her career, with the ‘Europe’ issue playing a major role in her downfall.
Grantham and Stamford also voted 61 per cent to Leave, but its Conservative MP Nick Boles, who voted Remain in 2016, has repeatedly rebelled against the government over Brexit policy, especially over the issue Britain leaving with no deal and moving to World Trade Organisation terms, something Mr Farage supports.
Such campaigning by the MP, along with a threat to resign the Tory whip, has led Mr Boles into conflict with his constituency association, with hundreds of constituents telling the association they feel ‘utterly betrayed’ by their MP.
Despite nationwide media reports the rebel MP faces deselection from his local association, its chairman Philip Sagar says the local party simply just wants to know whether the MP wants to stand again- something Mr Boles has refused to tell them.
Announcing the march today, Mr Farage said: “The Westminster elite are in the process of betraying the British people over Brexit. All of us who want Britain to be a great country once again accept that we must be prepared to stand up for what we believe in and fight for our independence.”
The campaigners expect much support for their peaceful protest, claiming much political dissatisfaction over Brexit, especially outside London, adding the UK establishment has been forced to deliver reform after widespread protest.
Pat Beese, secretary of Grantham and Stamford UKIP, said he looked forward to rallying his troops for his former leader.
“We are going to have a big, warm welcome for Nigel. I will buy him a pint. He has a lot of support in the area.”
Mr Beese, who plans further campaigns with former Grantham and Stamford parliamentary candidate Marietta King, said it would be “great to have a debate with Mr Boles” as part of the march.
He added: “It appears painfully obvious the MP doesn’t represent the people. Everybody wants to get out of the EU. They are happy to accept a little short term pain for long term benefit. Theresa May’s deal is the worst possible deal.”