Farage abandons public appearance ahead of Hartlepool visit

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.

Mr Farage is set to have dinner at the Grand Hotel, in Hartlepool, later today before holding the party’s North East conference at the Borough Hall tomorrow.

He picked the town after stating it is “the best place” to gain a regional breakthrough.

Around 40 demonstrators had gathered on a narrow pavement outside the office in Rotherham, 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.

Source –  Hartlepool Mail, 06 Feb 2015

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