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Ukip In Donside By-Election Gaffe After Sending Leaflet To Late MSP Brian Adam

18/06/2013 14:53 BST | Updated 18/06/2013 14:54 BST
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SOUTH SHIELDS, ENGLAND - MAY 02: A UKIP posted is displayed in a house window on the day that voters head to the polls on May 2, 2013 in South Shields, England. The by-election was triggered after the former foreign secretary David Miliband announced that he was resigning from the House of commons in order to leave Britain and head up the New York based International Rescue Committee humanitarian organisation. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Nigel Farage has been in Scotland for less than a day but his party Ukip has already come under fire after sending a campaign leaflet to the grieving family of the politician whose death triggered a local by-election.

The Nationalist MSP for Aberdeen Donside, Brian Adam, died at the age of 64 after a battle with cancer in April.

Adam's family criticised Ukip for leafleting their house, saying it was both insensitive and showed how little the party knew about the area.

In a statement, they said: "This shows how little UKIP know or care about the people of Aberdeen Donside.

“In an already difficult week for the family, during which we will be reminded of our father as his replacement is elected, it is hurtful that Ukip could be so insensitive - although it does seem to mirror the image they portray.”

However Ukip said it was an innocent mistake and the party very much regretted the error.

Ukip candidate Otto Inglis told the Scotsman he would personally apologise to the family as soon as possible.

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Brian Adam's widow Dorothy at his funeral

Nigel Farage travelled up to Aberdeen on Tuesday to help his euro-sceptic party on the campaign trail for the Donside by-election.

Ahead of his trip, Farage wrote a comment piece for The Herald, saying he was "greatly looking forward" to visiting Scotland, one month after his attempt to visit Edinburgh saw him take refuge in a pub from a group of angry protesters.

The MEP said the appearance of his party seemed to "galvanise reaction", before taking a swipe at the "feral, baying mob of subsidised students" he said attacked him last time he travelled north of the border.

Farage was sealed inside the Canon Gait pub last May for his own safety after angry demonstrators from Radical Independence Edinburgh shouted "Go home!" and "You can stick your Union Jack up your a*se!"

In his article published on Tuesday, Farage lambasted the protesters and argues that Scottish independence would lead to a “bankrupt, starving Scotland.”

He also claimed that David Cameron has accepted that the Conservative Party is now "finished" in Scotland.