Doncaster UKIP HQ cleared out after election battle

Doncaster's UKIP HQ on East Laith Gate.
Doncaster's UKIP HQ on East Laith Gate.
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The Doncaster headquarters of UKIP have been cleared out following the party’s General Election battle.

The party set up a base in East Laith Gate - the first time UKIP has had a permanent office in town - earlier this year to fight both the General Election and Doncaster Council elections.

The shop was emblazoned with voting leaflets and posters of leader Nigel Farage in the run-up to polling day last week but the windows of the shop - between the Shabir Inidan restaurant and Spices takeaway - have now been cleared.

It is not clear if the offices - painted in the party’s trademark purple and yellow colours - are to remain open.

UKIP secured more than 28,000 votes in Doncaster at the General Election, finishing second in both Doncaster Central and Ed Miliband’s Doncaster North constituency and third in Don Valley.

Experts have predicted that the party could be in a position to win seats in Labour’s northern heartlands at the 2020 General Election.

The party won one seat but polled nearly four million votes on election day.

It has two seats on Doncaster Council - Jessie Credland in the Hatfield ward and Clive Stone who won a seat in the Rossington and Bawtry ward.

Last year, the party held its first ever national conference at Doncaster Racecourse and support for the party has been growing across traditional Labour heartlands with leader Nigel Farage announcing that the party was “parking its tanks on the lawn” of Labour leader Ed Miliband ahead of the May 7 election.