BNP lose 80% of their candidates in four years!

A detailed analysis of the candidates standing at the county council elections on May 2nd reveals that the BNP has lost 80% of its candidates in just four years.

The initial feeble excuse deployed by the party – that it was choosing to concentrate on stronger areas this year – can also be easily exploded.  It turns out that the BNP is standing reasonable slates of candidates just in a few areas that have remained factionally loyal to Nick Griffin, while virtually disappearing in other areas that have many nationalist voters but have ceased to support the Welshpool charlatan.

Far from taking a calculated decision to back away from less winnable contests, the BNP kleptocracy has desperately tried to rally its remaining troops and persuade them to stand somewhere – in fact anywhere!

Hilariously Nick Griffin’s own daughter and son-in-law (Jenny and Angus Matthys) are fighting elections in both Cumbria and Shropshire. Angus is contesting the Currock division of Cumbria and Oswestry East, Shropshire; Jenny is seeking to convince voters in both the Cleator Moor West division of Cumbria and the Oswestry West ward of Shropshire.  Since these areas are 200 miles apart, and it takes three and a half hours to drive from one to the other, Mr and Mrs Matthys will be spending a lot of time on the road if they are to take each campaign seriously.

There are 92 BNP candidates in county council elections this year, plus another seven in unitary authorities, and one standing in a borough council by-election that falls on the same day.

This compares to 464 BNP candidates in various elections on the equivalent day in 2009.

In sixteen council areas or mayoral contests that had one or more BNP candidates in 2009, there are none at all this year.  Admittedly some of these were not nationalist strongholds.

Far more serious is the party’s collapse in what had been its real growth areas. Where there were 48 BNP candidates in Leicestershire last time, there will be only seven this year; the 75 Essex BNP candidates are down to fourteen; Cumbria BNP is down from 41 candidates to nine; while Hertfordshire BNP is almost extinct, down to just a single candidate after fielding 27 last time.

Neither of this year’s mayoral contests – in Doncaster and North Tyneside – will have a BNP candidate.

There are only two counties – Northamptonshire and Worcestershire – where the BNP has survived the last four years in reasonable shape, due to senior activists remaining (for the time being) loyal to Griffin. Yet this does not reflect serious election prospects: there are more BNP candidates here not because they have better electoral prospects, but because Griffinites have been able to scrape a slate together, where they have failed elsewhere.

Of the party’s three county councillors elected in 2009, two are retiring this year while a third – Cllr Graham Partner – has chosen to stand for the new British Democratic Party this year and will have no BNP opponent.

Here is the full breakdown of BNP council candidates:

County Councils

Cumbria: 9 candidates (down from 41)

Derbyshire: 4 candidates (down from 17)

Lancashire: 6 candidates (down from 20)

Leicestershire: 7 candidates (down from 48)

Lincolnshire: 4 candidates (down from 23)

Northamptonshire: 11 candidates (down from 12)

Nottinghamshire: 2 candidates (down from 15)

Staffordshire: 2 candidates (down from 12)

Warwickshire: 8 candidates (down from 14)

Worcestershire: 15 candidates (down from 17)

Essex: 14 candidates (down from 75)

Hampshire: 1 candidate (down from 3)

Hertfordshire: 1 candidate (down from 27)

Kent: 5 candidates (down from 8)

Surrey: 1 candidate (down from 7)

West Sussex: 1 candidate (down from 20)

Devon: 1 candidate (down from 9)

Unitary authorities

Durham: 2 candidates (no election in 2009, down from 30 in 2008)

Shropshire: 5 candidates (down from 10)

BNP wiped out (having previously stood candidates) in Bristol, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Isle of Wight, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, North Yorkshire, and East Sussex.


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