Ukip ‘back on the march’ - despite protests against Doncaster conference

UKIP leader Nigel Farage addresses his supporters in Doncaster

UKIP leader Nigel Farage addresses his supporters in Doncaster

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UKIP delegates have left Doncaster after their annual conference visited the town for a second year - but the party weren’t welcomed by everyone.

A small group of protesters from an organisation called Stand Up to Ukip held a protest against the party’s conference being held at Doncaster Racecourse over the weekend.

Katie Hopkins has a selfie taken with a UKIP supporter at the party's conference in Doncaster.

Katie Hopkins has a selfie taken with a UKIP supporter at the party's conference in Doncaster.

It came as party leader Nigel Farage closed the South Yorkshire conference by telling supporters the ‘people’s army is back on the march’ in its bid to get Britain to leave the EU.

Demonstrators picketed arriving Ukip activists at Doncaster railway station on Friday before holding a protest outside Mansion Place on Saturday.

Numbers were greatly down on similar protests in 2014 which attracted around 1,000 people - with organisers putting this year’s turnout at about ‘30 to 40 people’.

Organiser Dave Banks said this year’s demonstration was a ‘totally different type of event’.

Anti-UKIP protesters in Doncaster town centre.

Anti-UKIP protesters in Doncaster town centre.

He said: “Last year was promoted as more or less a national demonstration, with people from all over the country coming.

“That was different because there was an election looming. This year it was just a local event.”

Mr Banks said the protesters had ‘positive’ feedback from people in Doncaster.

He said the group were opposed to the policies of Ukip.

Anti-UKIP protesters in Doncaster town centre.

Anti-UKIP protesters in Doncaster town centre.

Mr Banks said: “Ukip blame immigrants and migrants and refugees for problems in Britain. We say there is a bigger picture than that.

“I know there have been comments that Doncaster welcomes the business and money they bring in but not from our perspective and the feedback we have been getting.”

Mr Farage said in his closing conference speech that there was ‘snobbishness’ from major parties and Westminster commentators towards Ukip ahead of a planned referendum on Britain remaining in the EU.

He said: “Let me say this to those of you in Westminster who look down with disdain upon me, the party and everybody in this hall - without Ukip there would be no referendum.”

Anti-UKIP protesters in Doncaster town centre.

Anti-UKIP protesters in Doncaster town centre.