Doncaster’s economy is set to receive a boost as thousands of UKIP members and supporters travel to the borough for the party’s biggest ever conference.
Following on from the ‘success’ of last year’s conference, the UK Independence Party will return to Doncaster Racecourse next week for a three-day event.
UKIP councillor for Rossington and Bawtry Clive Stone said the party was hoping to build on the momentum gathered at the local and general elections this May when millions of people voted for the party.
He said: “Everyone last year said how impressed they were with Doncaster Racecourse as a venue, which is why the party has returned again.
“Thousands of people from across the country are going to come for the event, and we want to build on the success we’ve had.”
“I think this year’s conference will focus on the campaign to leave the EU.
“We’ve got speakers from Norway and Denmark coming to speak on why we should leave the EU.”
More than 100 people protested against the conference being held in Doncaster last year, but Mr Stone said he did not expect the same happening this year.
“You can’t rule it out, but we’re not anticipating a protest this year,” he added.
Doncaster Chamber CEO Dan Fell said he thought the UKIP conference would have a positive impact on the town’s economy.
He said: “Conferences at Doncaster Racecourse add a great deal of value to the local economy with the facilities being attractive to events and organisations as diverse as Tattoo Jam, trade unions meetings and political conferences.
“Regardless of the social or political affiliations of visitors to Doncaster their contribution to the local economy will always be welcome.
“Local business leaders will, I am sure, be keen to learn more of UKIP’s economic policies as, at a headline level, many of their views seem diametrically opposed to the opinions of the private sector up and down the country.
“This is particularly the case on issues such as Europe and HS2.”
The party held their conference in Doncaster for the first time last year, in a bid to send a message to the then Labour Party leader, and Doncaster North MP, Ed Miliband.
The conference’s arrival in Doncaster also followed the party recording strong results in parliamentary by-elections in nearby Rotherham and Barnsley during the previous parliament.
Following this May’s local elections, UKIP currently have two councillors in Doncaster, 12 in Rotherham and four in Sheffield.
Director of regeneration and Environment Peter Dale said: “Large-scale events like conferences can have a positive impact the local economy, with hundreds of delegates and visitors spending money in the town as they visit Doncaster.”
This year’s conference is due to take place at Doncaster Racecourse between September 24 and 26.