Would-be Tory MP Victoria Atkins to visit Horncastle

Victoria Atkins
Victoria Atkins

Victoria Atkins, the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Conservatives in Louth and Horncastle is to visit Horncastle, party sources have revealed.

The Gloucestershire-based criminal barrister will have a walkabout in the town centre, before visiting the community centre in the afternoon.

However, Louth and Horncastle Conservative Association Chairman David Andrews says the details of the trip would not be confirmed until he had spoken to Victoria at this week’s Conservative Party Conference.

The visit on November 1 follows a weekend trip to the constituency early last month, where the candidate went to Willoughby Village fete and with husband Paul and son Monty, attended the Sutton-on-Sea Bathing Beauties Festival, ending the day with a fireworks display at Mablethorpe. Sunday saw Victoria attend the Civic Service for East Lindsey District Council at St Mary’s Church, Somercotes, where she met councillors from across the district.

Coningsby-based Colin Mair, her rival UKIP candidate, says he is in Horncastle “all the time” often enjoying “the very nice carvery” at the Admiral Rodney and he has been hiring out rooms at the Fortuna Business Centre.

The UKIP group leader on Lincolnshire County Council says he has also been attending events in a councillor or personal capacity, including visiting primary schools in the area talking about the importance of bees, plus working with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to help preserve roadsides for them.

Coun Mair too visited Sutton-on-Sea for the Bathing Beauties competition last month and though he did not meet Victoria Atkins, says he will greet her in Horncastle with cars in UKIP colours.

Labour candidate Matthew Brown also plans to be in Horncastle on November 1. The Lib-Dems have yet to select a candidate.