UKIP GROUP leader Cllr Allen Cowles made an 11th hour decision to become the party’s general election candidate in Rotherham.
The council’s opposition leader had initially ruled himself out of the running but the branch rejected other prospective candidates.
UKIP’s planning for the June 8 polls was hit by the resignation last week of four branch officials, including chairman Caven Vines.
The party will field Lee Hunter, who stood for an RMBC by-election earlier in 2017, at Rother Valley but has no candidate in Wenworth and Dearne.
In total, 13 candidates will campaign for the three Rotherham area seats. They are:
Rotherham: James Howard Bellis (Conservative), Mick Bower (Yorkshire Party), Adam Carter (Liberal Democrats), Sarah Champion (Labour) and Allen Cowles (UKIP).
Rother Valley: Kevin Barron (Lab), Bethan Sian Eddy (Con), Lee Hunter (UKIP), Paul Martin (Green), Katie Pruszynski (Lib Dem).
Wentworth and Dearne: John Healey (Lab), Steven Paul Jackson (Con), Janice Middleton (Lib Dem).
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