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Police prepare for anti-UKIP demonstration

South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council are preparing for a proposed demonstration by Stand up to UKIP in Doncaster on Saturday afternoon.

Officers have been in discussion with the organisers to understand their plans, which include a walking demonstration through the town centre towards Doncaster Racecourse where the UKIP Party Conference is being held.

In order to ensure the demonstration takes place safely officers say they will be working with partners to facilitate a rolling road block, which will minimise disruption to residents.

Around sixty additional officers from Doncaster will be on the streets on Saturday to ensure that the demonstration can be conducted safely and peacefully.

I would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience while this is ongoing and will continue to provide up to date information about the temporary road closures.

– Doncaster Superintendent Peter Norman

Yorkshire MEP talks Rotherham at UKIP conference

Yorkshire MEP Jane Collins has opened UKIP's conference in Doncaster with a speech about the child abuse scandal in Rotherham. Our political correspondent Paul Brand is there:

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Nigel Farage: 'I'll write my speech at lunchtime'

Just hours before he addresses Ukip's annual conference, Nigel Farage has revealed he has not yet written his keynote speech.

He told LBC Radio: "I've been so busy this week I haven't yet had time to even sit down and write the speech, that's going to happen at lunchtime. I'll work it out later."

Asked about Ed Miliband's recent conference speech, the Ukip leader said there was not "a great deal of passion, or fire, or belief or connection" in the Labour leader's delivery.

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Farage: Postal voting in the north 'rife with fraud'

Nigel Farage has claimed Labour have overseen the emergence of a fraud-ridden postal voting system in northern English constituencies "which would not be out of place in a country like Zimbabwe".

Nigel Farage will address Ukip activists in Doncaster today. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Writing in the Independent, the Ukip leader says Labour's dominance of northern England "has resulted in the emergence of a postal vote system rife with fraud and intimidation".

Ukip are holding their annual conference today in the Yorkshire town of Doncaster, a move Mr Farage describes as "parking our tanks on a rival party's lawn".

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Ukip poised to take 'a number of seats' in 2015

Ukip could take a number of seats from Labour in next year's general election, research by the University of Nottingham showed.

Vulnerable areas include:

  • Shadow women's minister Gloria de Piero's Ashfield constituency.
  • Retiring veteran Austin Mitchell's Great Grimsby
  • Sarah Champion's Rotherham, where Ukip came second in a recent by-election.
  • And Plymouth North View and Dudley North.

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Ukip try to capture 'blue collar' vote at conference

The UK Independence Party (Ukip) will directly try to capture the "blue collar" vote as they kick off their annual conference later today.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage is expected to accuse Labour of failing low-paid workers. Credit: PA

Ukip will outline plans to help low-paid workers by overhauling income and capital gains taxes, and set out reforms for the NHS.

It will also pledge to transform the way military veterans are treated by guaranteeing long-servers a job in the police, border force or prison service when they return to civvy street.

Nigel Farage's party are holding their conference in the town Labour leader Ed Miliband represents, Doncaster.

Mr Farage who will fight South Thanet, Kent, in next May's election, is expected to use his keynote speech this afternoon to make a "full frontal assault" on the Opposition, claiming it has failed the people it was founded to represent.

Ukip MEP: "We've not been afraid to answer difficult questions."

Amjad Bashir, one of three Ukip MEPs in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, said his party was 'overjoyed' with the result:

It shows the hard work that we've put in. We've not been afraid to go out to the public, be asked difficult questions and answer those difficult questions.

We've also listened and other parties have failed to do that.

– Amjad Bashir MEP, Ukip

The businessman from Leeds also said his election showed his party is not a racist organisation:

Here I am, of Asian birth, of Asian parentage, Muslim, and I have been selected by this so-called racist party. It disproves that completely.

The party, in selecting me, I was voted in, it was a democratic process where the whole party nationally voted for me. I got the second highest number of votes and, therefore, I was selected for the area.

– Amjad Bashir MEP, Ukip

Ukip topped the poll in the Yorkshire and the Humber region with more than 400,000 votes.

Rotherham, where the party did well in Thursday's council election, was one of the earliest to see the party come in first. It was followed by others including Wakefield, York, Selby and North East Lincolnshire.

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