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Issan Ghazni says Eastern European voters key to Lib Dem success at Euro elections

January 28, 2014 2:37 PM
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

Euro candidate Issan Ghazni was warmly welcomed by Eastern Europeans in the town of Boston, many of whom see the Liberal Democrats as the only party that stands up for free movement of workers.

Ghazni said if more Lib Dems meet Eastern Europeans the party's electoral prospects would sky-rocket.

Boston, in the East Midlands, has been the focus of media attention as a hub for agricultural labourers in Lincolnshire. But when Ghazni toured the coffee houses speaking to recent migrants he found unprecedented levels of fear over their future.

Visiting five cafes and speaking to groups of Eastern Europeans at every stop, Ghazni found that everyone he met was working hard for a living but were uncertain about whether they could vote.

They also told him of their fear at being kicked out of Britain due to the hostile climate created by UKIP and certain newspapers.

Speaking with the help of an interpreter, Ghazni reassured them they were able to vote in the European elections this May so long as they got on the electoral register.

A great many cafe-goers were very enthusiastic about the Lib Dems, especially after hearing that the party believed in the free movement of goods and labour throughout the European Union.

He said: "I was welcomed with open arms in Boston because the recent arrivals were just so happy to hear our message on Europe, which is so different from all the other parties.

"Not only do millions of jobs for British citizens depend on trade with Europe but jobs in industries like the Lincolnshire farms, where they can't get British-born workers, would collapse tomorrow if UKIP had their way."

After touring the coffee shops, Ghazni joined other activists to leaflet Boston town square. Later he met with local Lib Dems to advise how they can keep up the engagement with Eastern Europeans.

He said that all local parties across Britain would benefit from targeting this group in society who might otherwise not vote despite being natural Lib Dem supporters due to our positive position on Europe.


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