There are "real grounds for optimism" for Labour to gain ground in the key seats which will determine the outcome in the next general election, the Shadow Foreign Secretary has told Good Morning Britain.
Douglas Alexander said UKIP would be beaten if Labour "put in the hours on the doorstep, talking to voters".
UKIP's successes in the local elections have raised the possibility of them winning a Westminster seat at the general election.
A year ahead of the general election, Ed Miliband's party is seeing only patchy support in areas it should expect to gain ground.
UKIP are likely to make Rotherham a key target for 2015 after a storming result in the local elections.