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Marietta King, UKIP's housing spokesman, urges 'improve services ahead of housing developments'

Healthcare and increasing pressure on services was one of the main topics in Melton Mowbray at a hustings event attended by UKIP’s Housing spokesman Marietta King.

With thousands of houses set to be built in the area over the next two decades the ‘elephant in the room’ is immigration, currently running at a net average of a quarter of a million a year.  UKIP wants net immigration reduced to under 10,000 a year.

Marietta King, UKIP candidate for Rutland and Melton, said enhanced services needed to be in place ahead of any new housing developments.

She also voiced concern that not enough doctors and nurses were being trained to meet demand.  The party would dramatically increase training for British doctors, nurses and paramedics – at least 40,000 extra nurses and 30,000 more doctors.

Brexit also proved an emotive subject at the hustings with Marietta pointing out that the victorious ‘Leave’ voters wanted to exit the European Union with no need for a withdrawal agreement.

“The fact we still haven’t left three years after the referendum is barking mad,” she told the meeting.

Melton Baptist Church, on Leicester Road, was packed with residents keen to hear the views of the five contenders to take on the role vacated by long-serving Conservative MP Sir Alan Duncan.