Boston & Skegness MLA Matt Warman said championing cultural relations in a constituency with a diverse and changing population will always be an important part of the job. According to the 2011 census, 13% of Bostonians were born outside Britain, usually in Eastern Europe, and arrived in Britain after 2004.
The various languages spoken in Boston include Lithuanian, Russian, Latvian, Polish, Bulgarian, Portuguese, English, and several dialects of Romanian. Yet Mr. Warman and his team have never been asked to provide a translator when helping constituents with issues they seek help with.
Since he was first elected in May 2015, members of the Central and Eastern European communities have approached his office for the full range of case-processing issues, including housing and visas. , which named two governors of Central/Eastern European origin as an example.
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One of them is governor for equalities and English as an additional language. Getting such representation was a key theme of Mr Warman’s local education conferences, including with the head of Ofsted.
Mr Warman, who met with local and national representatives of the Polish, Latvian and Lithuanian communities, and others, said: “In Boston and Skegness there is a great diversity of cultures, from those born and raised in Lincolnshire to the many people who have moved to live and work here from all over the world.
“As a Member of Parliament, whether visiting the local mosque or welcoming the Polish Ambassador, I have always been keen to promote cultural understanding and cohesion. Our ever-changing social fabric means that this will always be a key part of the job.”