SHE hit the national headlines after defecting to the Tories and claiming that the UK Independence Party’s leader was ‘anti-women’.
But yesterday it was all business – and far from glamorous – for Marta Andreasen as she hit the streets of Bedhampton on a bitterly cold and rainy day.
The 58-year-old, who is a South East region MEP, joined Havant Conservatives as they canvassed for the forthcoming local elections on May 2.
Mrs Andreasen recently defected from UKIP to the Conservative Party, criticising the leader Nigel Farage.
Yesterday was the third time that Mrs Andreasen has visited the Havant area.
She said people were thinking about the Europe question – even in local elections.
She told The News: ‘It’s a very active area and it’s close to Portsmouth and Southampton.
‘People are voting in the May elections very much on national issues.
‘There is concern about immigration and leaving or staying in the European Union.
‘I moved from UKIP to the Conservatives because David Cameron has taken a couple of steps to formalise the plan to move out of the EU – firstly offering the referendum and secondly a cut in the European budget.’
Mrs Andreasen added: ‘People are very disillusioned but we are going through a severe crisis – in Europe and the UK.
‘I don’t think anyone has seen the light at the end of the tunnel.
‘I met people who have said “I won’t vote”. People should go out and vote in every election.’
County councillor Liz Fairhurst, who is standing for the Conservatives, said: ‘I am delighted she’s come to help.’
A full list of all the candidates in the elections will be made available next week.
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