UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said his party can unseat Ed Miliband and win seats in Doncaster at the forthcoming general election.
In an interview with a national newspaper, Mr Farage says UKIP can ‘absolutely’ win Mr Miliband’s Doncaster North seat as the Labour leader continues to face a leadership crisis ahead of the election.
Mr Miliband has a majority of 10,909 but UKIP believes there is a surge of support for the party in the town.
The party already has three seats on Doncaster Council and UKIP finished in second place in the poll to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire.
Mr Farage, who has made a number of visits to Doncaster and who chose the town for the party’s annual conference earlier this year, said that during a recent visit to a working men’s club in the area that “not a single person has a good word for Ed Miliband”.
The Eurosceptic party has been eating into Labour’s support in the north of England for months and believes it can win a number of seats from the party at the general election.
Speaking about his recent visit to Mr Miliband’s seat, Mr Farage said: “The welcome I received was eye opening. No, not everybody told me they were going to vote for UKIP next year, but everybody told me they were utterly fed up with the Labour Party which they had always believed was supposed to be on their side.
“Not a single person had a good word for Ed Milliband, not as a man of course, but as a politician. Essentially, Labour is losing its heartlands.”
“The people of Doncaster, and a large swathe of Northern constituencies are utterly fed up with the seminar room, teenage politics of the modern Labour Party and they are increasingly turning to UKIP to provide a real alternative,” Mr Farage added.
Mr Farage told his recent party conference that UKIP was “parking our tanks on the Labour party’s lawn”.