Bassetlaw’s UKIP candidates gave the Tories a run for their money in this year’s Notts County elections - coming second in half the seats.
The party, which formed its branch in Bassetlaw just two months ago, came second to Labour in Worksop East, Worksop North, Blyth and Harworth, and Worksop North East and Carlton.
The party came third in the four remaining seats in Worksop West, Misterton, Retford East and Retford West.
Tony Clayton, UKIP candidate for Worksop North East, said the party was ‘thrilled’ with gaining just strong results.
“We were up against the likes of Coun Alan Rhodes and Glynn Gilfoyle who have been in local government for decades - we formed just seven weeks ago,” he said.
“We have got the European elections coming up next year and the General Election thereafter and we’re going to continue the fight.”
Mr Clayton said the party’s straight-talking policy made them a clear vote winner at the polls. “Nigel Farage tells it how it is, while the other parties seem to skirt around the issue. We have made them sit up and listen,” he said.
“We are not against immigration but it’s not a free ride - you get back what you put in.”
“We just want this country to be governed from Westminster and not by Brussels.”