Senior Conservative MPs and Ministers Michael Gove, Priti Patel and Boris Johnson have today visited Preston in support of the Vote Leave campaign. Johnson, the former Mayor of London, called on Prestonians to vote to make June 23rd a new “Independence Day”.
“We want to take back control of our immigration. Europe doesn’t know the pressure on our health service and we want to take back control of more than £300m that we don’t have now. The people who are on the opposite side are there because they don’t believe in this country. We can prosper and flourish we if we leave the EU.”
Patel, an Employment Minister, spoke of the European Union as racist and discriminatory against non-Europeans, and Michael Gove, Lord Chancellor and former Secretary of State for Education made a case of passion about the NHS.
At the 2015 General Election, the Eurosceptic UK Independence Party, known as UKIP, won 5,139 votes in the Preston constituency, which works out at 15.4%. In the Wyre and Preston North constituency, which includes Fulwood and lots of the rural areas north of the city that fall under the remit of the City Council, UKIP won 6,577 votes, or 13.2%.