Friday, 7 May 2010

BNP wiped out in Barking and Dagenham

The BNP lost all their seats on Barking and Dagenham Council today as a high turnout wrecked all hopes they had of taking the borough.

Richard Barnbrook had hoped to lead the council alongside the self-proclaimed "dream ticket" of Nick Griffin as MP.

However, in a shock outcome the BNP lost all their councillors in the borough, with the Labour Party taking every available seat.

Griffin came a poor third in his race against Margaret Hodge last night, and Barnbrook slipped into fourth place in his Goresbrook ward.

His predecessor Bob Bailey who was filmed fighting with Asian youths earlier this week also lost his seat.

Barnbrook was severely damaged last year after he was suspended from the council for making false claims about murders in the borough.

As I wrote for the Guardian, the borough's 12 BNP councillors were hugely ineffective and regularly created chaos in the chamber.

Today's outcome is major setback for the party, and a huge victory for the local campaign against the BNP.

-Update- Sabby Dhalu from Unite Against Fascism said yesterday:

"The people of Barking and Dagenham have overwhelmingly rejected the fascist BNP. This is a victory for the whole of Britain as the BNP has not just been defeated in Barking and Dagenham, it has been annihilated. Not only did the BNP fail to gain a single seat, it suffered an overwhelming defeat at the hands of a team of councillors who represent the multicultural diversity of Barking. The anti-BNP majority in Barking and Dagenham made its voice heard. Let's keep it this way."

Newly elected MP for Barking, Margaret Hodge said:

"This is a great moment in history – a never to be forgotten moment for both the good people of Barking and Dagenham and for all of us in Britain. Our voters have been faced with a stark choice. They have overwhelmingly chosen to support democratic politics, built on tolerance, fairness and decency – not fascist politics built on division, prejudice and hatred...

"The message from Barking to the Nazi party is clear: Get out and stay out. You are not wanted here and your vile politics have no place in British democracy."


Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

A silver lining if ever there was one.

Anonymous said...

What a victory for all. Lets hope this signals a decline in fascist far right following and a lesson to us all that we cant ignore this kind of extreme belief that is still rife in our communites. Let us not rest on our laurels lets push nazism out of this beautiful multi cultural country once and for all. Life, love & Unity.

Anonymous said...

Lots of good work by UAF, congrats to all.


Karl said...

This has been one of the cheeriest moments of the election (well, this and the Westminster North meltdown).

Well done to all at Barking. Send the BNP back to where they came from. Lovely.

Five Chinese Crackers said...

Best news of the election by far. Wasn't Barny boasting about how he could do whatever he wanted because the people in his ward love him last year?

Fourth place. Excellent.

AdamB said...

I was half tempted to contact Richard for a comment, but perhaps it's best not to intrude into private grief.

A brilliant result.

Public and Commercial Services Union (press release) said...

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

"We are absolutely delighted. This is a huge victory for grassroots community organisation and solidarity, and a tribute to all those who have spent weeks and months campaigning in the borough.

"It shows what can be achieved when people from all backgrounds, races and religions come together with a positive message of hope.

"This is not the end of the campaign, it's the beginning. Wherever the far right tries to spread its hate and poison in our communities, we must be there to stop them, and we have shown that we can."

Anonymous said...

The BN party is an argument for increasing the deposit for candidates. Bankrupt them out of existence.