Peter Burkinshaw said rough sleepers “obstruct” the streets and called for a “national solution”
From Cambridgeshire Live-
A controversial UKIP election candidate has been condemned after calling for rough sleepers in Cambridge to be “rounded up and put in a camp outside the city”.
Peter Burkinshaw said rough sleepers “obstruct” the streets and called for a “national solution”.
The politician was writing in a local weekly newspaper when he made the controversial statement as part of a policy suggestion.
Homeless charity Cambridge Cyrenians said: “Absolutely disgraceful comments by Peter Burkinshaw. he obviously has no clue about homelessness. Comments like this are why so many homeless people feel like second class citizens.”
Cllr Richard Johnson, who represents Abbey ward for Labour, said: “I strongly condemn the comments by the UKIP East Chesterton candidate Peter Burkinshaw on homeless people and rough sleepers in today’s Cambridge Independent. I hope other parties equally condemn. No room for such cold-heartedness in our city.”
Mr Burkinshaw is standing in East Chesterton ward and made the remarks as the UK Independence Party makes its pitch for the vote at Cambridge City Council elections 2019.
Voters will go to the polls on Thursday (May 2) to elect candidates to 16 of the 42 Cambridge City Council seats.
The council is currently under Labour control. The Liberal Democrats will be hoping to make gains as will the Green Party while Conservatives are fielding candidates too.
UKIP is contesting some wards and one Independent candidate, Sam Davies, will stand in Queen Edith’s.
In Trumpington, there are two candidates to be elected, due to the resignation of Donald Adey, following his move to Scotland exposed by Cambridgeshire Live which revealed he was going to carry on being a councillor and claim allowances.’