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."