UKIP's second place in the Labour stronghold of South Yorkshire proves that UKIP are the only serious challengers to Labour in the North.
Paul Nuttall MEP said, "UKIP's growth from 11 to 32% in two short years’ shows clearly that UKIP is a force to be reckoned with in the North.
"Particularly in Doncaster and Rotherham we have shown that Labour is being deserted by thousands of what it thinks of as 'its' supporters. That is no longer the case.
"On both sides of the Pennines in recent months, UKIP is on the rise, and is building to create a challenge to the complacent, out of touch legacy parties."
Cllr Jack Clarkson, the UKIP PCC candidate said. "Labour may have won this, but only saw off a second round by a mere 28 votes, out of 150,000. UKIP are here, and here to stay in South Yorkshire. I expect us to be challenging Labour in a slew of constituencies across the county next year".