After the European elections in May, Nigel Farage sent a text to Victoria Ayling, Ukip’s candidate for Great Grimsby, assuring her the seat would be one of the party’s “top targets”. Now she intends to throw “a purple kitchen sink with Nigel in it” at the party that reigns in the area – Labour.
Great Grimsby is another seat where Ukip are showing how much of a threat they are to Labour’s working class vote. As our recent profile of Thurrock showed, the caricature of Ukippers as disaffected country clubbers is long outdated.
When Douglas Carswell becomes Ukip’s first elected MP next month, the damage Ukip are doing to the Conservative Party will be brought into fresh focus, but Grimsby is full of the working class voters Ukip disproportionately attract.