Jane Collins is the first to admit that she is not politically correct. In her party, that goes with the territory.
She has, since 2014, been one of Ukip’s two MEPs for Yorkshire and the Humber. She has also twice stood in Rotherham for election to Westminster.
The town has been, some might say, her Achilles heel.
It was around 2012, when she threw her hat into the ring at the by-election triggered by the resignation of the disgraced and soon-to-be-jailed Labour politician Denis MacShane, that the town began to turn toxic.
Its officials, it emerged, had for years turned their backs on the organised sexual abuse and exploitation of children on an unprecedented scale. Councillors, police and social workers were implicated. The victims numbered at least 1,400.