Farage event pulled after protests

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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

Mr 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.

Around 40 demonstrators gathered on a narrow pavement outside, along with a similar number of media.

His visit comes in the wake of the withering Casey report into way Rotherham Council failed to deal with child sexual exploitation in the town.

The party has 10 councillors in the town which is one of its main target seats in the north.

The protesters were peaceful, but noisy, many of them carrying placards saying “Reject Ukip lies”, and shouting that the Ukip leader was not welcome in the town.

Mr Farage denied he was exploiting what happened in Rotherham.

He said: “We’re the one party that’s warned consistently against division within society and multiculturalism and we’ve warned against it for years.

“We want interculturalism. We’ve got different religions and faiths but we have to mix together and we have to live under one law.

“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.”

Mr Farage repeated his party’s call for the whole of Rotherham Council to face re-election in May.

And he said he believed Mrs Collins could win the parliamentary seat currently held by Labour’s Sarah Champion.

Published: Friday 6th February 2015 by The News Editor

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