UKIP sets up shop in Doncaster for election scrap

The Doncaster UKIP HQ in East Laith Gate.

The Doncaster UKIP HQ in East Laith Gate.

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UKIP is setting up its first ever permanent base in Doncaster as it bids to unseat Labour leader Ed Miliband at this year’s General Election.

The right wing Eurosceptic party is in the process of setting up a Doncaster headquarters ahead of May’s polling day.

Party workers have been busy converting a town centre shop on East Laith Gate, painting it in the party’s trademark purple colours over recent weeks.

A banner has also been attached to the front of the shop, next door to Spices takeaway, proclaiming “UK Independence Party - Back Britain, Not Brussels.”

UKIP leaflets have also been displayed within the window of the premises.

The party currently has three seats on Doncaster Council, with councillors Fred Gee and Paul Bissett both representing the Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall and Barnby Dun wards and former Liberal Democrat Paul Coddington in the Bessacarr and Cantley ward.

Last year, the party held its first ever national conference at Doncaster Racecourse and support for the party has been growing across traditional Labour heartlands with leader Nigel Farage announcing that the party was “parking its tanks on the lawn” of Labour leader Ed Miliband ahead of the May 7 election.
Mr Farage has previously said that it aims to seriously contest Mr Miliband’s Doncaster North seat.