Labour has been accused of betraying the children of Rotherham during a speech at the UKIP party conference in Doncaster.
UKIP MEP Jane Collins got cheers from delegates and a partial standing ovation after accusing Labour of acting to ‘suit their political purposes’.
She said: “Together the Labour Party betrayed the children of Rotherham.
“As Mr Miliband put it, together they conspired to allow the abuse of children on an industrial scale, together they failed to apologise and they kept quiet to suit their political purposes.”
UKIP’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Rotherham Central said the town needed leadership with a ‘clean pair of hands’, which could ‘put its own political agenda aside and put the people first’.
She told her party’s conference at Doncaster Racecourse she wanted to deal with an issue ‘that highlights just how social engineering and political correctness has failed the most vulnerable people in our society today’.
Ms Collins said the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham had ‘absolutely outraged the whole of the country’.
Professor Alexis Jay looked into the issue of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham and found that over a 16 year period 1,400 children were abused by largely Pakistani men while police and council chiefs failed to act because of sensitivities surrounding the ethnicity of the offenders.
A demonstration in Doncaster town centre on Saturday passed without any trouble, according to South Yorkshire Police.
Around 200 members of the public were involved in a ‘Stand up to UKIP’ march to coincide with UKIP hosting its party conference in the town.
Extra police were on duty.