Nationalist candidates at 2016 council elections – full list

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The first big surprise in the 2016 English council elections is that the BNP has fewer council candidates (outside London) this year than the National Front. With almost all councils now having issued their official lists of candidates standing in the May 5th elections, H&D can publish what is almost certainly a complete list covering the various nationalist parties.

The NF has eight council candidates (plus Richard Edmonds for the GLA); the BNP has seven (plus a London-wide list of GLA candidates). Like the BNP, the anti-Muslim party Britain First is contesting the London mayoral election and has a GLA list, but Britain First has no candidates outside London.

As we predicted in the March-April issue of H&D, a new nationalist party registered just in time for these elections: British Resistance, whose five council candidates include several former BNP activists (see below).

The British Democratic Party has just one candidate this year, partly because its strongest region in Leicestershire has no council elections in 2016.

We include the civic nationalist English Democrats here, even though most of the prominent BNP activists who defected to the EDs five years ago now seem to have given up, so the majority of this year’s ED candidates are people who were never members of the BNP, NF or any other radical nationalist party.

Kevin Hilliard – who stood against Adam Walker last year in an election for BNP chairman – is standing as an independent candidate for Chaddesden ward, Derby, which he previously contested for the BNP. Another Independent – former BNP councillor Lynda Cromie – is seeking a comeback in Queensbury ward, Bradford, where her husband Paul is still a councillor.  Mr and Mrs Cromie left the BNP some years ago and no longer have any connection with the nationalist movement.

A council by-election in the east London borough of Havering is also being held on May 5th and is being fought both by the NF’s Kevin Layzell and the BNP’s Denise Underwood. Aside from the GLA battle between the BNP and Britain First, this is one of only two council wards where there will be rival nationalist campaigns this year. The other is Swinton South ward, Salford, where former BNP parliamentary candidate Eddy O’Sullivan is standing for the new British Resistance party against Craig Holmes of the English Democrats.

By contrast, several nationalist candidates are lucky enough to have no UKIP opponent this year, including what should be two BNP targets – Gannow ward, Burnley, and Marsden ward, Pendle.

Also likely to benefit from UKIP’s absence are the NF’s Kevin Bryan in Rossendale; the BNP’s Christopher Houston in Barnsley and Bill Kitchen in Tameside; and several ED candidates including their entire slate in Liverpool, Steve Morris in Bury, Colin Porter in Barnsley, and Kevin Rafferty in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

More news of the 2016 local election campaigns, as well as information about the simultaneous GLA, Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Ireland Assembly and Police and Crime Commissioner elections will appear on this site later.

National Front candidates

Amber Valley Borough Council
Langley Mill & Aldercar – Timothy Knowles
Ripley & Marehay – Michael Sharpe

Birmingham City Council
Kingstanding – Terry Williams
Oscott – Adrian Davidson
Sheldon – Paul Morris

Calderdale Borough Council
Todmorden – Chris Jackson

by-election: London Borough of Havering
Heaton – Kevin Layzell

Hull City Council
Bricknell – Nick Walsh

Greater London Assembly
Croydon & Sutton – Richard Edmonds

Rossendale Borough Council
Irwell – Kevin Bryan

Todmorden Town Council
Walsden – Chris Jackson

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British National Party candidates

Barnsley Borough Council
Kingstone – Christopher Houston

Burnley Borough Council
Gannow – Chris Barnett
Rosegrove with Lowerhouse – Chris Vanns

Havant Borough Council
Hayling West – John-Laurence Henry Moore

by-election: London Borough of Havering
Heaton – Denise Underwood

Greater London Assembly
Mayor – Dave Furness
London-wide list – Dave Furness, Paul Sturdy, John Clarke, Michael Jones, Peter Finch, Nicola Finch, Denise Underwood, Stephen Dillon, Philip Dalton, Roger Tonks, Gareth Jones, Bede Smith.

Pendle Borough Council
Marsden – John Rowe

Stockport Borough Council
Reddish South – Ged Williams

Tameside Borough Council
Ashton St Peter’s – Bill Kitchen

Ightenhill Parish Council
Chris Vanns elected unopposed

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British Resistance candidates

Salford City Council
Barton – Wayne Tomlinson
Swinton South – Eddy O’Sullivan

Worcester City Council
Gorse Hill – Linda Bell
Nunnery – Carl Mason
St John – Alan Draper

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British Democratic Party candidate

Bradford City Council
Wyke – Dr Jim Lewthwaite

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Independent candidate

Bradford City Council
Queensbury – Lynda Cromie

Derby City Council
Chaddesden – Paul Hilliard

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Britain First candidates

Greater London Assembly
Mayor – Paul Golding
London-wide list – Jayda Fransen, Paul Golding, Jake Elstone, Christine Smith, Anne Elstone, Nancy Smith, Hollie Rouse, Peggy Saunders, Donna King, Kevan McMullen, Steven Connor.

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English Democrat candidates

Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council
Attleborough – Stephen Paxton
Bede – David Lane

Liverpool City Council
Riverside – Michael Lane
St Michaels – Dr Paul Rimmer
Warbreck – Steve McEllenborough

Liverpool Mayoral Election
Dr Paul Rimmer

Salford City Council
Swinton South – Craig Holmes

Bury Borough Council
Besses – Stephen Morris

Epping Forest District Council
High Ongar, Willingale and The Rodings – Robin Tilbrook

Barnsley Borough Council
Central – Colin Porter
Hoyland Milton – Justin Saxton
Rockingham – Kevin Riddough

Maidstone Borough Council
Shepway South – Timothy Raymen
Shepway North – Gary Butler

Slough Borough Council
Cippenham Green – John Barrow

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
Town – Kevin Raftery

Walsall Borough Council
Rushall-Shelfield – Chris Newey

by-election – London Borough of Croydon
West Thornton – Winston McKenzie

Police and Crime Commissioner candidates
Bedfordshire – Toni Bugle
Kent – Steve Uncles
South Yorkshire – David Allen
West Yorkshire – Therese Hirst

We will remember them

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97 years ago today, on 11th November 1918, the great European holocaust ended after four years of slaughter.

Our country, our continent and our race remains scarred forever by that terrible European civil war – a scar that was to be reopened by another disastrous conflict just twenty-one years later.

Britain’s armed services have had to face further sacrifices still, though none has yet matched the scale of the cataclysm that we mark today.

Almost worse than the death and destruction has been the repeated betrayal – the latest example being the sickening decision yesterday to arrest a 66-year-old former Lance-Corporal from the Parachute Regiment.

Though we must never despair, we must always remember: the sacrifice, the lies, the betrayal.  Soon true justice will be meted out: the British, European and White peoples of the world will reclaim their birthright.

We remember the words of Cicero – the greatest orator of another mighty empire two millennia ago – who wrote that “to be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.  For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”

And we remember the words that have been spoken at war memorials across our nation for almost a century:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Down Orwell’s memory hole – ‘Ten Little Niggers’

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In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, the all-powerful Party enforces political correctness by rewriting the past.  Political deviations are rendered impossible by erasing true records of past events, eradicating cultural roots and traditions.

Today the world’s media acts as Orwell’s ‘Ministry of Truth’.

One small but telling example is the worldwide publicity today for a poll to determine the public’s favourite Agatha Christie novel.  The winner – as reported today by practically every English-language news site in the world – was And Then There Were None, which the BBC is now dramatising as a three-part series.

Not a single news site reported that this was not the book’s original title: it was first published in England in 1939 as Ten Little Niggers.  It was only American sensitivity that led to alternative titles for U.S. editions – first as Ten Little Indians, then once this was deemed offensive to ‘Native Americans’ changed again to And Then There Were None – but the book was not retitled in England until 1985.

Such is the progress of political correctness: in the space of just thirty years we have adopted the liberal tyanny that not only forbids such a title as Ten Little Niggers, but insists that today’s audience shouldn’t even know of its existence.

Local Elections 2015 – nationalist results

Cathy Duffy of the BNP lost the council seat in East Goscote ward, Charnwood, that she had held for the past eight years, as 2015’s local elections proved another disaster for nationalist parties.  The British National Party has effectively ceased to exist as an electoral force.

At least Mrs Duffy’s years of service were rewarded by a respectable vote: she polled 36.0% to finish runner-up (down 6.3% from the previous contest here in 2011).

Elsewhere the BNP’s collapse was best summed up by the shocking 1.6% vote for John Rowe, the sole BNP candidate in Burnley, who was fighting Rosegrove with Lowerhouse ward. This is a town where the BNP were once the official opposition on the local council and had won numerous seats beginning in 2002.

In occasional wards that had no UKIP candidate, the BNP votes were less embarrassing: for example Wayne Tomlinson in Barton ward, Salford, polled 5.9%.  But even in Worcester, pretty much the only area with a functioning BNP branch this year, the party’s vote in its main target ward Nunnery fell from 13% to 1%.

Former BNP activists repelled by years of cronyism and corruption have sought refuge in several different nationalist parties.  None achieved anything approaching success this year, all overshadowed by UKIP.  However one or two candidates who did not have UKIP opponents showed that well organised campaigns can achieve decent results.  Former BNP councillor Graham Partner secured 12.7% for the British Democratic Party in Hugglescote St Johns ward, NW Leicestershire.  His BDP colleagues in Thurmaston ward, Charnwood, put up a full slate of candidates in a three-member ward with no UKIP opposition and took 11.5%, while the party’s sole Lancastrian candidate Gary Topping managed 10.2% in Waterside ward, Pendle.  Predictably the best English Democrat results were in Barnsley, where former BNP organiser Ian Sutton polled 16.3% in Darton West, and two of his colleagues also managed votes above 10%, but elsewhere EDs struggled to establish an electoral appeal distinct from UKIP.

Two parties were newly registered with the Electoral Commission and had limited campaigns. The National Front managed two candidates, including former North West BNP organiser Chris Jackson, who polled 2.5% in Todmorden ward, Calderdale.  A faction of former Griffinites reorganised as British Voice had a single candidate in Bentilee & Ubberley ward, Stoke, where David Leese polled 2.8%.

 

Full nationalist results from the 2015 local elections

 

British Democrats

Wyke ward, Bradford
Liam Kernaghan : 0.6%

Loughborough Ashby ward, Charnwood
Kevan Stafford : 1.8%

Thurmaston ward, Charnwood
Chris Canham, Julia Green, Paul Newman : 11.5%

Hugglescote St Johns ward, NW Leics
Graham Partner : 12.7%

Waterside ward, Pendle
Gary Topping : 10.2%

 

British National Party

Rosegrove with Lowerhouse ward, Burnley
John Rowe : 1.6% (-20.3)

East Goscote ward, Charnwood
Cathy Duffy : 36.0% (-6.3)
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Chaddesden ward, Derby
Paul Hilliard : 1.6% (-2.4)

Irthlingborough Waterloo ward, East Northamptonshire
Marc Whitestone : 9.4% (+9.4)

Moston ward, Manchester
Gareth Black : 1.0% (-3.2)

Vivary Bridge ward, Pendle
John Rowe : 6.8% (-4.6)

Barton ward, Salford
Wayne Tomlinson : 5.9% (+5.9)

Irwell Riverside ward, Salford
Carl Lawson : 1.0% (-2.4)

Bedwardine ward, Worcester
Jennifer Whitwam : 0.5% (-1.0)

Cathedral ward, Worcester
Andrew North : 0.4% (-0.4)

Nunnery ward, Worcester
Carl Mason : 1.0% (-12.0)

St John ward, Worcester
Alan Draper : 0.4% (-1.2)

 

National Front

Todmorden ward, Calderdale
Chris Jackson : 2.5% (+2.5)

Howdon ward, North Tyneside
Bob Batten : 2.4% (+2.4)

 

British Voice

Bentilee & Ubberley ward, Stoke
David Leese : 2.8% (+2.8)

 

English Democrats

Central ward, Barnsley
Colin Porter : 11.2%

Darfield ward, Barnsley
David Burnett : 4.1%

Darton East ward, Barnsley
Sharon Sutton : 7.2%

Darton West ward, Barnsley
Ian Sutton : 16.3%

Hoyland Milton ward, Barnsley
Justin Saxton : 1.9%

Rockingham ward, Barnsley
Kevin Riddiough : 3.8%

St Helen’s ward, Barnsley
Dean Walker : 11.2%

Besses ward, Bury
Stephen Morris : 1.1%

Bentley ward, Doncaster
Keith Hewitt : 7.5%

Bessacarr ward, Doncaster
Barbara Hewitt : 4.2%

Conisbrough ward, Doncaster
John Brennan : 5.2%

Dewsbury South ward, Kirklees
Shaun Maddox : 10.0%

Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields ward, Leicester
Oliver Healey : 3.5%

Thurncourt ward, Leicester
David Haslett : 1.1%

Knotty Ash ward, Liverpool
Derek Grue : 0.2%

Princes Park ward, Liverpool
Steven Greenhalgh : 0.3%

Riverside ward, Liverpool
Michael Lane : 1.5%

St Michaels ward, Liverpool
Paul Rimmer : 0.1%

Warbreck ward, Liverpool
Steven McEllenborough : 0.4%

Stanground Central ward, Peterborough
Nick Capp : 6.2%

Blakenall ward, Walsall
Chris Newey : 1.0%

 

Patriotic Socialist

Nechells ward, Birmingham
John McAuliffe : 1.0%

Marfleet ward, Hull
Ben Hutchinson : 0.7%

Heckmondwike ward, Kirklees
Karl Varley : 0.1%

Kintbury ward, West Berkshire
Andrew Stott : 1.6%

St George’s Day – Celebrate the Spirit of St George!

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The editor and deputy editor would like to wish all H&D readers a very happy St George’s Day.

While St George’s Day – April 23rd – is mainly forgotten, ignored or even ridiculed by the liberal / left establishment, who by the way have no qualms about promoting everybody else’s national day, culture and heritage – apart from ours – we nationalists remember and celebrate it.

As Sir Oswald Mosley said on St George’s Day 1937;
“In the lives of great nations comes the moment of decisions, comes the moment of destiny: and this nation again and again in the great hours of fate has swept aside the little men of talk and delay and has decided to follow men and movements who say we go forward to action! Let who dare follow us in this hour.”

england fans twoThere will be a St George’s Day parade in Blackpool on Saturday 25th April, which is being organised by the pan-nationalist group – MARCH FOR ENGLAND. The H&D editor, deputy editor and a number of our local supporters will be attending. If you wish to attend please meet at either of these two pubs: Yates – South Shore or the Sun Inn – Bolton Street, both are a short walk from Blackpool South Train Station. Stewards will be at these pubs from 11am, however please try and get there for 12 noon to 1pm. The march will start about 2pm to march to allow for people travelling from the South to get there.

For more details go to –

www.facebook.com/pages/March-For-England/172540236682

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Nationalist General Election candidates 2015

ballot boxNominations have just closed for this year’s UK general election, with nationalist parties at their lowest ebb for many decades. (see also local election candidates list)

Our ideas have never had greater traction, but the decline of our movement following the collapse of Nick Griffin’s BNP is becoming starkly obvious as details emerge of the low number of nationalist candidates nationwide.

The biggest shock so far is that there will be only eight BNP parliamentary candidates nationwide (down from 338 in 2010).  Moreover there will only be one BNP candidate even at council level in Burnley, where the party was once the official opposition and seemed likely to gain power.

The NF will have seven parliamentary candidates and the British Democratic Party one.  The English Democrats (a party which contains numerous defectors from the BNP but also many with no connection to racial nationalism) has many more – 32, including one just over the Welsh border in Monmouth!

The cities of LeedsManchester and Liverpool will have no nationalist parliamentary candidates – not even an ED.

This page will report on confirmed candidatures as details are released by returning officers across the country.

There are no BNP candidates this year in the party’s former stronghold of Bradford, though in Bradford East Dr Jim Lewthwaite of the British Democrats will be his party’s only parliamentary candidate at its first general election.  Dr Lewthwaite is a former BNP councillor, and may be helped by UKIP fielding an Asian candidate in this constituency.

Cathy Duffy – one of only two surviving BNP councillors – is BNP candidate for her local Leicestershire constituency of Charnwood, though the other remaining BNP councillor Brian Parker is not contesting his Lancashire constituency Pendle. There are no BNP candidates (whether parliamentary, local council or mayoral) in the Cumbrian borough of Copeland, where the party head office is based.

Meanwhile in one of the early surprises of this election, nationalist veteran Tess Culnane will contest Dagenham & Rainham for the BNP, having recently returned to the party following several years in the National Front.  (However there will be no nationalist candidate in next door Barking, which saw Nick Griffin’s high profile campaign last time.) New BNP chairman Adam Walker, who ousted Nick Griffin in a palace coup last year, is standing in Rotherham, where he has the misfortune to face an English Democrat candidate also named Walker.

The NF has only just had its registration confirmed by the Electoral Commission following many months of turmoil, and has done well to organise seven parliamentary campaigns across the UK at short notice, including Richard Edmonds in Carshalton & Wallington, and party leader Kevin Bryan in Rochdale.  Two NF candidates will stand in Scottish constituencies: Chris Willett in Aberdeen North and Neil McIvor in Linlithgow & East Falkirk.

Nationalist independents this year include ex-BNP and EFP activist Craig Pond, who will contest Stoke North – notably there is not a single BNP candidate anywhere in Stoke, which alongside Burnley was once a party stronghold.

One of the most effective BNP defectors to the English Democrats, Ian Sutton is ED candidate for Barnsley Central, while his ED colleague Kevin Riddiough will contest Barnsley East.  The strongest area for the EDs this year appears to be South Yorkshire, where they will contest all fifteen parliamentary seats.  Former BNP electoral strategist Eddy Butler will once again be ED candidate for Harlow, despite rumours that he was quitting, though his former colleague Chris Beverley appears to have decided to take a break from politics after several years of committed activism for the BNP and EDs.

Another former BNP candidate – Dr Andrew Emerson – is standing for his Patria party in Chichester. Patria will also field Dick Franklin in Bournemouth West.

No nationalist candidates will stand this year in Oldham – the town which kick-started the brief 21st century revival of the BNP with the 2001 riots – but after a very slow start the local UKIP branch has picked up enough strength to contest all of the local council as well as parliamentary seats here. (Oldham is one of the few towns so far to have announced full lists of local candidates: most of the country will not confirm these until tomorrow or later.)

Former UKIP candidate Paul Weston – who attempted to create a political wing of the English Defence League and has visited Canada to speak at a rally of the Jewish terrorist group JDL – is standing on an anti-Islamic ticket in Luton South for his new party Liberty GB.  His registered description on the ballot paper will be “No to terrorism, yes to Britain”.  He will no doubt be helped by UKIP selecting an Asian candidate here – and not at all hindered by the foolish Matthew Collins, an ex-NF member who now poses as some sort of ‘insider’ expert on British nationalism.  Collins seems to think that Weston has founded yet another new party: he hasn’t.  Weston’s ballot paper description is one of several registered by Liberty GB with the Electoral Commission. (George Whale is standing in Lewisham West and Penge under the same description, while Timothy Burton in Birmingham Ladywood is using the slogan ‘Vote for real people, not politicians!’)

Further news of nationalist general election candidates will appear here later, and there will be extensive news updates and analysis throughout the campaign.  Best of luck to all those brave and hardy campaigners who will fly the flag for nationalism in an exceptionally tough year!

Confirmed nationalist results so far

BNP – 8 candidates
Hornchurch & Upminster – Paul Borg 0.3% (-6.1)
Old Bexley & Sidcup – Nicola Finch 0.5% (-4.2)
Dagenham & Rainham – Tess Culnane 0.4% (-10.8)
Rotherham – Adam Walker 0.6% (-9.8)
Charnwood – Cathy Duffy
Boston & Skegness – Robert West
Kingswood – Julie Lake
Braintree – Paul Hooks

NF – 7 candidates
Rochdale – Kevin Bryan 1.0% (-3.9)
Carshalton & Wallington – Richard Edmonds 0.1% (+0.1)
Hull East – Mike Cooper 0.2% (-2.3)
Linlithgow & East Falkirk – Neil McIvor 0.2% (+0.2)
Aberdeen North – Chris Willett 0.4% (+0.4)
Bridgend – Adam Lloyd
North Tyneside – Rob Batten 0.4% (-0.9)

British Democrats – 1 candidate
Bradford East – Dr Jim Lewthwaite 0.5% (+0.5)

Patria – 2 candidates
Bournemouth West – Dick Franklin
Chichester – Dr Andrew Emerson

English Democrats – 32 candidates
Barnsley Central – Ian Sutton 1.3% (+1.3)
Barnsley East – Kevin Riddiough 1.1% (+1.1)
Bath – Jenny Knight 0.1% (+0.1)
Berwick-upon-Tweed – Neil Humphrey
Bexleyheath & Crayford – Maggi Young 0.3% (-0.7)
Bradford West – Therese Hirst
Brentwood & Ongar – Robin Tilbrook 0.3% (-0.6)
Bury South – Valerie Morris 0.4% (-0.7)
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich – Tony Holyoak
Dagenham & Rainham – Kim Gandy 0.2% (+0.2)
Dartford – Steve Uncles
Don Valley – Louise Dutton 0.6% (-3.5)
Doncaster Central – Dean Walker 0.8% (-3.6)
Doncaster North – David Allen 1.1% (-4.0)
Erith & Thamesmead – Graham Moore 0.4% (-0.7)
Faversham & Mid Kent – Gary Butler
Harlow – Eddy Butler 0.3% (+0.3)
Kettering – Derek Hilling 0.3% (-1.7)
Monmouth – Stephen Morris
Nuneaton – Steve Paxton 0.2% (+0.2)
Penistone & Stocksbridge – Colin Porter
Rother Valley – Sharon Pilling 0.8% (+0.8)
Rotherham – Dean Walker 0.4% (+0.4)
Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough – Justin Saxton 0.4% (+0.4)
Sheffield Central – Elizabeth Breed 0.2% (+0.2)
Sheffield Hallam – Steve Clegg 0.3% (-0.8)
Sheffield Heeley – David Haslett 0.3% (+0.3)
Sheffield South East – Matthew Roberts 0.3% (+0.3)
Southend West – Jeremy Moss 0.4% (-0.9)
Stevenage – Charles Vickers 0.2% (-0.6)
Wentworth & Dearne – Alan England 0.7% (+0.7)
Weston-super-Mare – Clive Lavelle

Liberty GB – 3 candidates
Birmingham Ladywood – Timothy Burton 0.6% (+0.6)
Lewisham West & Penge – George Whale 0.1% (+0.1)
Luton South – Paul Weston

Independent
Stoke North – Craig Pond

Latest local election results

Congratulations to BNP councillor Brian Parker, who in a generally calamitous week for his party succeeded in winning re-election in Marsden ward, Pendle, for a record third term.

Cllr Parker’s won by six votes after a recount in a very tight three-way fight with Tory and Labour. UKIP were a distant fourth. This confounds all predictions, including my own: but on this occasion I’m very happy to eat humble pie!

Elsewhere there was sobering news for nationalists: in Pitsea North West ward, Basildon, where the BNP once finished well ahead of UKIP, the council seat was won by UKIP with no BNP candidate even standing. UKIP’s Imelda Clancy was elected with 45.8% of the vote, while the Conservative vote fell from 34.1% to 16.9%.

As counts began again on Friday, the death of the once mighty Burnley BNP was confirmed when John Rowe polled only 9.8% in Gannow ward, one of the seats won by the party during its first big breakthrough in 2002. One of the party’s few remaining respectable results was in Rosegrove with Lowerhouse, but even here arch-Griffinite Chris Vanns was bottom of the poll with 21.9% in a ward where the BNP once tied for first place with 30.7%.

UKIP won nothing in Burnley, but gained a notable scalp in nearby Hyndburn by ousting the Labour deputy leader of the council.

In Kingstanding ward, Birmingham, the BNP were crushed – polling only 92 votes (2.1%) in a ward where just six years ago they managed 17.3%. Unusually the winners here were the Conservatives, holding back the UKIP surge, but there can be no doubt that the BNP has become a marginal irrelevance in West Midlands politics.

In another Birmingham ward, Shard End, the BNP vote was just 2.9%, a catastrophic fall from 23.6% in 2008. Here Labour narrowly held off a strong UKIP challenge. A truly terrible night for Birmingham BNP was completed in Erdington, where the party polled only 1.2%.

London BNP’s first results were in New Addington ward, Croydon, which in past years had been a target area for the party but this year saw another steep decline: Cliff Le May’s vote fell from 16.8% to 5.8% while fellow BNP candidate Donna Treanor slipped from 12.1% to 2.7%.

One of the few BNP branches to field a substantial slate of candidates this year was in Worcester, but the results were appalling: 0.8% in Battenhall; 1.5% in Bedwardine; 0.8% in Cathedral; 2.7% in Gorse Hill; 2.9% in Rainbow Hill; 1.6% in St John; and 2.9% in Warndon. Only Carl Mason in Nunnery ward managed a credible 13.0%, helped by the absence of UKIP, and even this was down from 15.2% in 2008.

An expected UKIP victory over Labour came in Dinnington ward, Rotherham, where the party has had a presence for some years and has been lavishly funded by local tycoon Paul Sykes. Undoubtedly UKIP were helped by local Tories as well as the BNP failing to contest the ward. UKIP has also made gains in other Rotherham wards where previously the BNP had been the main challengers.

In Rawmarsh ward – once held by the BNP – UKIP held on to the seat they gained in a by-election last year. A total of nine gains for UKIP included Rotherham West (where the BNP once polled 26.2% but has now disappeared). I would expect that Rotherham’s results will prove exceptional: do not expect to see similar big UKIP gains (yet) in other former BNP strongholds in northern England.

In Longbridge ward, Birmingham, UKIP has finished a close second behind Labour with 29.3%. (The BNP polled 14.1% here in 2008 but was absent this year.)

Meanwhile in Primrose ward, South Tyneside – where the BNP once polled over 30% – UKIP achieved a similar score of 34.7%. As across most of the North East region, the BNP has disappeared from the electoral arena.

Elsewhere in South Tyneside – where UKIP have been the official opposition on the council – UKIP councillor Steve Harrison has lost his seat to Labour. Cllr Harrison had previously been elected as an independent, and was defending his seat for the first time under UKIP colours.

Earlier this week the Financial Times featured St Anne’s ward, Sunderland, as a possible UKIP breakthrough in a traditionally solid Labour area.

In fact Labour has held St Anne’s ward, with a majority of 320 over UKIP. This UKIP vote of 33.2% was up from 28.2% at a by-election two months ago – but a long way short of the type of sensational breakthrough that some had predicted. I suspect that despite the media hype, UKIP will be winning seats more in Tory or SE England “white flight” areas rather than the old Labour strongholds where the BNP were once hopeful. (Although there is early news of UKIP gains from Labour in Hull and Rotherham.)

In many areas of the North, Liberal Democrats (and sometimes even the BNP) had previously benefited from a protest vote against complacent/corrupt local Labour oligarchies. That anti-Labour vote seems to have swung behind UKIP, with the Liberal Democrat vote in the North collapsing. However with a split opposition vote, Labour has usually held seats and continues to control councils: later tonight and tomorrow we can expect to see David Cameron’s spokesmen blaming UKIP for some Labour gains , while other Tories will push for an alliance with Farage’s forces.

The BNP’s Dennis Shambley in Abram ward, Wigan, polled 4.9% in a ward that he has fought almost every year for more than a decade. Mr Shambley took more than 20% as runner-up to Labour in 2004 and several times polled above 15% in Abram. If this scale of decline is repeated across the NW England region, then Nick Griffin will have lost badly in his bid for re-election to the European Parliament.

There was better news for the BNP in Miles Platting & Newton Heath ward, Manchester, where Gareth Black polled 14.2% (up from 8.3% in 2010) partly thanks to the absence of UKIP. But in another Manchester ward, Moston, where there was UKIP opposition, Stephen Carden managed only 4.2% (down from 12.5% in 2010).

Julian Leppert, the former BNP mayoral candidate now standing for the new British Democratic Party in Hainault ward, Redbridge, polled 284 votes (8.6%) in the BDP’s first ever London campaign. Other Brit Dem candidates included three in Newcastle: former BNP regional organiser Ken Booth, who polled 4.9% in Benwell & Scotswood ward; Russ Rickerby, 4.3% in Fenham ward; and most impressively Kenny Baldwin, with 18.5% in Elswick ward. The latter was one of the best nationalist results anywhere in England this week.

Kevin Meeson in Middleton Park ward, Leeds, took 6.9% for the Brit Dems despite facing UKIP opposition, and finished well ahead of the Conservatives. Next door in Bradford two Brit Dem candidates faced strong UKIP campaigns: former BNP councillor Dr Jim Lewthwaite polled 4.5% in Royds ward; while Liam Kernaghan similarly polled 4.3% in Tong ward.

Local millionaire Paul Cromie, who first won his seat in Queensbury ward, Bradford, as a BNP candidate but quit the party a year later, was re-elected as an Independent with a majority of 115 over UKIP.

The National Front was split into two bitterly opposed rival factions at these elections, with only the group loyal to party chairman Ian Edward allowed to use the NF name on ballot papers. Mr Edward himself polled 7.1% in Harefield ward, Hillingdon; Thomas Davis 2.3% in Grays Thurrock ward, Thurrock; Mick Griffin 4.5% in Tilbury Riverside & Thurrock Park ward, Thurrock; Anthony Harms 0.8% in Laindon Park, Basildon; Thomas Beaney 3.3% in Lee Chapel North, Basildon; and Bernadette Jaggers 0.9% in Victoria ward, Southend.

Three members of the NF rebel faction stood as independent candidates, since they were unable to use the party name. Former BNP national organiser Richard Edmonds took 4.4% in Worcester Park ward, Sutton; Tony Martin 1.9% in Croham ward, Croydon; and Tess Culnane 2.7% in Downham ward, Lewisham.

More election results will appear here during the weekend, and on Sunday night there will be a full report of the European Parliamentary elections.

County council election disasters for BNP and EDs

The 2013 English county council elections on May 2nd proved a disaster for the BNP – as widely expected – but also dealt a possibly fatal blow to the English Democrats, a party which some anti-Griffin dissidents once expected to profit from the collapse of the BNP.

At the equivalent elections four years ago the BNP won three county council seats, but the catastrophic factional splits that have beset the party soon led to the resignation of two of these councillors, so the only seat remaining in BNP hands before this year’s elections was in Burnley.

Even here long-serving BNP councillor Sharon Wilkinson chose to retire from the council.  In her old division of Padiham & Burnley West, where she had polled 1,155 votes (30.7%) to win election in 2009, this year’s BNP candidate Paul Robinson finished last of four candidates with 358 votes (13.4%).

Elsewhere in the former party stronghold, other Burnley BNP candidates also suffered landslide defeat.  David Shapcott in Burnley SW managed only 7.2%, compared to John Cave’s 21.2% in 2009.

A fuller nationwide analysis of the 2013 elections will appear here in two weeks time, with complete details in the next edition of Heritage and Destiny.

Election preview 2013

Nationalism is even more battered than this ballot box as we face the 2013 elections and the death of the BNP , but a core of loyal activists is rebuilding for the future.

Nominations have just closed for English county council and mayoral elections.  A preview of the nationalist campaigns in these elections will appear here soon.

This year Heritage and Destiny‘s editor Mark Cotterill will not be a candidate, despite having polled 22.2% in the Lancashire County Council election for Preston East at the last contest in 2009.

While wishing all the best to nationalist candidates this year – especially to Graham Partner, who will be the British Democratic Party candidate for the Coalville division of Leicestershire, his colleague Kevan Stafford, a member of the British Democrats leadership who will be standing in Loughborough South, and Gary Topping, who is contesting Pendle Central for the Brit Dems – the H&D team recognise that our movement is in a time of transition, having been terribly damaged by the corrupt cronyism of the Griffin years.

We are beginning to rebuild a credible movement to succeed Griffinism, as the BNP will die as an electoral force this year with the loss of its three county council seats and no candidate in many of its former strongholds.  Sharon Wilkinson – the most electorally successful BNP councillor ever – is standing down from Lancashire County Council, and there will be no BNP candidate in Burnley Rural, where the party took 19.5% in 2009 and used to hold a borough council seat.  In Leicestershire the BNP’s former county councillor Graham Partner will be fighting this year’s election for the new British Democratic Party, headed by Andrew Brons MEP.  There will be no BNP candidates at all in the north-west of Leicestershire, once a party stronghold – in fact across that entire county where there were 48 BNP candidates last time, there are only seven this year.

Across Lancashire, where the BNP had twenty county council candidates in 2009, they have only six this year; similarly there are only four BNP candidates across Derbyshire compared to seventeen in 2009.  In North Yorkshire, where there were thirteen BNP candidates in 2009, there are none at all this year. There will be no BNP candidate in either of this year’s mayoral elections in North Tyneside or Doncaster. The 2009 Doncaster BNP candidate Dave Owen will be standing this year for the National Front.

In the South of England, where the BNP was never at its strongest, the party now appears to be virtually extinct, with just a single candidate in Surrey, one in West Sussex and none in Suffolk. In stronger southern counties such as Kent and Essex the BNP seems to have been decimated: final figures are yet to appear.

The post-BNP rebuilding will take time: so with regret it was decided to sit out this year’s election in most of the country rather than conduct a campaign that would not do justice to our supporters.  This website will carry updates soon on the progress of post-Griffin nationalism.  Together we can weather the storm and return as a credible nationalist alternative to the bankrupt political establishment.

Ten Labour councillors (including a former BNP organiser) from Britain’s most racially divided borough – Blackburn with Darwen –  have been cleared by a major standards inquiry of malpractice over the controversial approval of proposals for a Muslim prayer room in Beardwood.

The 11-month probe by an independent investigator exonerated all of them, including planning committee chairman Jim Smith, “of conduct bringing the councillor or council into disrepute”. Smith a hard-line left-winger represents Mill Hill ward, which was once won by the BNP in a by-election in 2002.
Beardwood was once a well sought after place to live in Blackburn by the white middle class, but over recent years has become more and more enriched. The Conservatives hold all three local ward (Beardwood with Lammack) seats which include local Tory leader Michael J. Lee.
However one-third of the ward’s population (according to the 2011 Census) is now Asian.  Though 62.6% of the ward remains White, the electoral writing is on the wall for local Tories, especially if Labour is able to mobilise the Muslim vote.
Local government consultant Mike Dudfield said borough Labour leader Kate Hollern’s intervention over the application to transform the car park of the former Beardwood Garden Centre, on Preston New Road, into an Islamic religious centre in 2011 involved nothing “inappropriate”.
Several of the 12 local complainants said the report failed to properly examine their concerns.

Cllr Jim Smith – new hard left ally of former BNP organiser

The permission has since been declared invalid because the council owns a small part of the land, now to be auctioned before the process can be started again.

In December 2011, the plans were recommended for refusal by officers, but councillors voted 10 to five to grant permission creating a storm of complaints from local White people.
Blackburn with Darwen council standards committee launched an investigation and will consider Mr Dudfield’s report next Thursday.
It found no evidence to support allegations the councillors had “predetermined” their decision in a Labour group meeting or wilfully ignored for political reasons the officers’ recommendation to refuse because of fears about parking, traffic and overdevelopment.
The ten councillors involved are Jim Smith, Parvaiz Akhtar, Eileen Entwistle, Brian Taylor, Zamir Khan, Suleman Khonat, Carl Nuttall, Phil Riley, Abdul Rehman and Trevor Maxfield (the former Blackburn BNP organiser).
According to Cllr. Smith, Cllr. Maxfield had a “road to Damascus” type conversion three years ago, when he quit nationalism to join the Labour Party.
Several complainants rejected the conclusions in letters to Mr Dudfield with Barbara Stillman a local Jewish women, claiming “clear evidence of a predetermined decision” and accusing the report of portraying Beardwood residents as “paranoid, delusional and racist”.

Cllr Maxfield with former allies in the For Darwen Party

Mr Dudfield highlighted a legal difference between predisposition and pre-determination and found no evidence Cllr. Hollern or a Labour group meeting made the decision before the planning meeting.

Accepting objectors believed “collusion was taking place”, Mr Dudfield added the majority of the committee getting a decision wrong did not prove any malpractice.

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