UKIP leader Nigel Farage has challenged Eastleigh’s Lib Dems to explain how they intend to limit new housing to just local people and prevent occupation by immigrants.
Earlier this month Eastleigh News reported how Councillor Paul Bicknell had published and distributed a leaflet around the town’s Aviary estate that claimed that new houses to be built on Chesnut Avenue were “not for people from Portsmouth or Europe”.
The leaflet – published and promoted on MP Chris Huhne’s behalf – appeared to contradict a statement from the Lib Dem Communities minister Andrew Stunell who, when asked about the likely effect of immigration on housing demand over the next 20 years, said that 40% of new housing would be needed to house immigrants – this equates to about 80,000 houses a year.
These are government figures based on information released by the Office for National Statistics.
Nigel Farage told Eastleigh News:
“It’s about time politicians were honest about immigration and the effect it has had and will continue to have on our public services and houses.
All three old parties voted for EU laws which allow uncontrolled immigration from the EU and the same access to public services as British nationals. Only UKIP voted against and only UKIP are holding the politicians to account on this issue.
Chris Huhne should be honest and explain to his constituents just why that deceptive leaflet went out to voters in his name”