Farage event pulled in Rotherham after anti-Ukip protests

Ukip leader Nigel Farage abandoned a public appearance in scandal-hit Rotherham today because of crowds of protesters outside his party's office.

Farage was due to cut the ribbon on the campaign office of Ukip's general election candidate Jane Collins, but his team said he was not coming out on police advice.

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Farage abandons Ukip event in Rotherham after protests

Ukip leader Nigel Farage was forced to withdraw from a public event in Rotherham today after crowds of protesters gathered outside the party's new office.

Despite the demonstrations, Mr Farage said Rotherham was a "key national target" for the party in May's General Election.

The party said the timing of the visit, just two days after a damning report into the Rotherham abuse scandal , was purely coincidental.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green reports

Breastfeeding mums among protesters outside Ukip office

Breastfeeding mothers are among the anti-Ukip demonstrators gathered outside the party's campaign office in Rotherham.

Breastfeeding mothers are among the protesters gathered outside Ukip's office.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage came under fire in December after he said that mothers breastfeeding their babies should "perhaps sit in the corner".

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Farage denies exploiting Rotherham abuse scandal

Nigel Farage denied he has been exploiting the Rotherham abuse scandal for political gain after he was forced to cancel an appearance in the city due to crowds of protesters.

Farage said Ukip was "the one party that's warned consistently against division within society and multiculturalism".

Ukip leader Nigel Farage pictured inside the Rotherham office. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"We want interculturalism. We've got different religions and faiths but we have to mix together and we have to live under one law," he continued.

"So I think to accuse us of exploiting it is not fair. We have warned for years that things have been going wrong with increasing divisions within society."

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Farage event pulled in Rotherham after anti-Ukip protests

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has abandoned a public appearance in Rotherham after crowds of protesters gathered outside his party's local office.

Crowds of protesters gathered outside Ukip's campaign office in Rotherhm. Credit: ITV News/Paul Brand

Farage was due to cut the ribbon on the campaign office of Ukip's general election candidate Jane Collins, but his team said he was not coming out on police advice.

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