Businessman Paul Sykes has been appointed chairman of the campaigns group for political party Ukip.
The miner’s son, who was born in Barnsley and built Meadowhall shopping centre, will head up the team focusing on the key target seats which the party aims to win next year as well as developing the overall national campaign.
He was a major contributor to UKIP’s campaign for the 2014 European Elections.
Chairman Steve Crowther said: “Paul has played a huge role in our successes this year, and we are delighted to have him on board for the big one – our drive to get UKIP MPs into Parliament next May.
“Paul is a man committed passionately to UK independence, who has been working to re-establish our right to govern ourselves and control our own country for 25 years.”
Mr Sykes added: “I would like to thank UKIP’s National Executive Committee for having the trust in me to head up the campaign.
“Only by electing UKIP MPs can we hope to start getting back control of our own borders, making our own laws in our own Parliament, and once again become a truly self-governing democracy.”