UKIP targets Doncaster votes

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For the first time in Doncaster’s history UKIP candidates will be fighting in all 21 contested council wards in the borough in the local elections.

The controversial party has matched the number of Labour candidates vying for a place on Doncaster Council and has overtaken the Conservative party that has 15 representatives.

If the party, led by Nigel Farage, is successful in securing seats in the election it could change the political face of Doncaster. The Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts (TUSC) which is currently supporting striking Care UK workers who are fighting against 35 per cent pay cuts have 11 candidates.

Whilst former Doncaster mayor, Peter Davies, newly-formed political party the Doncaster First Independents Party has candidates standing in six of the wards.

All the political runners and riders set to battle it out for a place on Doncaster Council were revealed on Friday ahead of the local election on Thursday, May 22.

Speaking about the chances of UKIP in the elections Eddie Storey, UK Independence Party candidate for Bentley said: “The response I’ve had so far has been absolutely fantastic.

“I think the party has got a very good chance of taking some seats in Doncaster.

“The thing that attracted me to the party was the party do not control us, members are free to just do their best for their communities a lot of the negativity surrounding the party is people just believe what they see on TV and don’t actually look into what the party stands for.”

The news comes after UKIP announced it would be holding its biggest ever party conference at Doncaster Racecourse on September 26 and 27.

Up to 2,000 party members are likely to flock to the venue.

The party is trying to raise its profile in Doncaster after it recorded strong results in parliamentary by-elections in nearby Rotherham and Barnsley.

Other parties represented include the English Democrats who have seven candidates standing, Liberal Democrats who have eight candidates, three Independent candidate and seven Green Party candidates.

The Community group and Working for Mexborough the Forgotten Town have one candidate each.

Over the next few weeks hopefuls from all political persuasions hoping to win the hearts and votes of the borough electorate over the coming month will be canvassing for support.

For a full list of candidates and details on how to vote visit Doncaster Council