Lincoln MP takes to streets to save Red Arrows

Nearly one thousand people have signed MP Karen Lee’s petition to stop the sale of RAF Scampton and keep the Red Arrows in Lincolnshire.

Karen Lee set up the campaign on Thursday, July 26 after the Ministry of Defence made the decision to sell RAF Scampton.

The campaign aims to convince the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to reconsider the sale of RAF Scampton and calls for a full consultation with those who are affected.

At the time of writing, the online petition has been signed 890 times after just one day.

Karen Lee was at Lincoln High Street from 1pm on Friday, July 27 to try and get more signatures.

She told The Lincolnite:We are taking signatures to see if we can keep the Red Arrows in Lincolnshire.

“I am always optimistic. I think that we can achieve this, but at the end of the day if we don’t it will be simply because the Government don’t listen to us.”

The Lincolnite also asked people on the High Street why they were signing the petition.

Shirley Long said: “My son works on the base as a fireman, so when the Red Arrows are up or other planes are up, he is looking after them.

“Why do they have to sell it all off? Couldn’t they just sell part of it?”

Graham Robinson said: “I was doing some gardening work for the MoD the other day, but if they don’t have a job then they can’t pay me and I have less money to spend in Lincoln.

Meanwhile, a separate petition on the change.org website is close to reaching four thousand signatures.