Rival politicians in angry spat on streets of Boston after cigarette incident
Rival politicians were involved in an angry spat on the streets of Boston late last night – over a cigarette.
It came in the aftermath of an historic Boston Borough Council by-election count, in which UKIP scooped its first ever seat on the Fenside ward.
As the victorious Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright and her team made their way back to a silver vehicle in Sunningdale Drive at around 11.30pm, one of the newly-elected councillor’s associates threw his cigarette to the pavement.
Immediately, a group of Conservative and Labour politicians confronted the UKIP team.
Conservative councillor Mike Gilbert shouted: “What do you think you are doing?
“You threw a cigarette on the floor. Pick it up. Pick it up now.”
Paul Gleeson, Labour leader on Boston Borough Council, was also part of the group who were disgusted by what they had seen.
The UKIP team sat in the car for several minutes before the angry group marched across Fenside Road to take their point further.
Councillor Gilbert then stood in front of the car demanding the man, now in the front passenger seat, get out and pick up the cigarette.
After another delay the unnamed UKIP supporter finally got out of the vehicle and picked up the cigarette.
Neighbours watched from their homes before Ms Keywood-Wainwright drove away.
Earlier, Ms Keywood-Wainwright had been elected as the new councillor for Fenside after scooping 162 votes.
Conservative candidate Daniel Elkington and Liberal Democrat Alan Taylor tied for second with 87 votes apiece.
Labour’s Ben Cook finished fourth with 75 votes.