Labour retain Rotherham support despite abuse scandal, poll suggests

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Labour has experienced an increase in support in Rotherham despite the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal, a new opinion poll has suggested.

The poll shows that Ukip has made major gains in the town since the 2010 General Election, but the party has not overtaken Labour.

A poll of 550 people in the town, carried out last week by polling company Survation, on voting intentions for the next general election put Ukip on 37 per cent – 31 percentage points higher than their standing in the town at the 2010 General Election.

But Labour has actually increased its popularity in the town according to the survey, which was commissioned by Alan Bown, a eember of Ukip’s national executive committee.

Of the people surveyed, 48 per cent said they would vote Labour at the general election – 4 per cent higher than in 2010.

Both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have lost support in the constituency, according to the survey.

Only 6 per cent of people said they would vote for the Tories at the next election, down 11 points on 2010.

The Liberal Democrats were supported by just 
4 per cent of people, down 12 points on four years ago.

The number of people supporting other minority parties has also dropped 11 points to 6 per cent.

The town’s current MP is Labour’s Sarah Champion, who was elected in 2012 in a by-election after the resignation of Denis MacShane.