Far-right election results

8 05 2015

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UPDATED WITH ANALYSIS OF THE RESULTS

In amongst the headline-grabbing triumphs and losses of the bigger parties in the election, another story goes rather less reported – how have the far-right and fascist parties fared?

Pretty appallingly, we are pleased to report.

The far right are finished as an electoral force. The election results for the BNP and others could not make this clearer. In 2010, the BNP stood and won 563,743 votes. In 2015, eight BNP candidates scraped together 1,667, in what must rank as one of the most humiliating collapses in British electoral history. Not a single one of their candidates polled over 1% of the vote. Anti-fascists should be congratulating BNP leader and Rotherham parliamentary candidate Adam Walker, who managed to reduce the BNP vote in the constituency from 3,906 in 2010 to 225 in 2015, on the way he has run the party’s election campaign.

It is encouraging that the BNP has no understanding of how catastrophic these results have been for them. For a long time, the BNP were capable of offering a worryingly astute analysis of British electoral politics. They now appear to have lost touch with reality as Walker’s post-election report talks about “just how successful our strategy has been” and claims the party is “in the strongest position we’ve been for many years.” If this is a success Adam, them keep them coming. The BNP leadership are fooling no-one and even their most thick-headed supporters should be capable of recognising that this is delusional.

Election results from the rest of the far right were equally positive. No candidate even came close to saving their deposit and only four parliamentary candidates polled over 1% of the vote: Ian Sutton in Barnsley Central, Kevin Riddiough in Barnsley East, David Allen in Doncaster North (a town where the English Democrats won the 2009 mayoral election election) and National Front chairman Kevin Bryan in Rochdale.

That the English Democrats best result was 1.3% speaks for itself and it is an open question whether the party will survive. Even self-described elections guru Eddy Butler, a former national organiser for the BNP, could only win 115 votes in Harlow. The English Democrats lack the kind of cohesive ideological core that has enabled other far right formations such as the National Front to survive decades of political failure and will hopefully cease to be a going concern.

The council election results reveal a slightly different picture and show that fascist parties still retain pockets of support around the country which should not be overlooked. In 2014, anti-fascists took their eye off the ball in Pendle where BNP councillor Brian Parker retained his seat by six votes. This year almost exactly the same thing happened as Cathy Duffy came very close to retaining the council seat she has held in Leicestershire for the last eight years.

Some council candidates for the English Democrats and British Democratic Party received disappointingly respectable votes. Most did not. The prize for the best result goes to former BNP activist Paul Rimmer who got 9 votes in a Liverpool council ward standing for the English Democrats. Presumably couldn’t even persuade all the people who nominated him to actually vote for him. Even the best results achieved by the English Democrats are a far cry from what they previously achieved and, tellingly, the party did not even try to defend the two council seats they won in Boston.

One thing that hasn’t gone away are the voters for far right parties. The hundreds of thousands of voters who turned out for the BNP and their ilk have evidently switched en mass to UKIP, who have been able to do what fascist groups in Britain have never been able to: break through into the political mainstream. The success of UKIP and the huge votes won by the party across England and Wales heralds an even more poisonous political climate. Fascist groups have so far been unable to take advantage of this, but this state of affairs may not last.

 

Check out your local fash losers with our elections results list:

General election results

British Democratic Party
Bradford East – Jim Lewthwaite 210 (0.5%)

British National Party
Braintree – Paul Hooks 108 (0.2%)
Boston & Skegness – Robert West 119 (0.3%)
Charnwood – Cathy Duffy 489 (0.9%)
Dagenham & Rainham – Tess Culnane 151 (0.4%)
Hornchurch & Upminster – Paul Borg 193 (0.3%)
Kingswood – Julie Lake 164 (0.3%)
Old Bexley & Sidcup – Nicola Finch 218 (0.5%)
Rotherham – Adam Walker 225 (0.6%)

English Democrats
Barnsley Central – Ian Sutton 447 (1.3%)
Barnsley East – Kevin Riddiough 444 (1%)
Bath – Jenny Knight 63 (0.1%)
Berwick-upon-Tweed – Neil Humphrey 88 (0.2%)
Bexleyheath & Crayford – Maggi Young 151 (0.3%)
Bradford West – Therese Hirst 98 (0.2%)
Brentwood & Ongar – Robin Tilbrook 173 (0.3%)
Bury South – Valerie Morris 170 (0.4%)
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich – Tony Holyoak 162 (0.3%)
Dagenham & Rainham – Kim Gandy 71 (0.2%)
Dartford – Steve Uncles 211 (0.4%)
Don Valley – Louise Dutton 242 (0.6%)
Doncaster Central – Dean Walker 309 (0.8%)
Doncaster North – David Allen 448 (0.1%)
Erith & Thamesmead – Graham Moore 188 (0.4%)
Faversham & Mid Kent – Gary Butler 158 (0.3%)
Harlow – Eddy Butler 115 (0.3%)
Kettering – Derek Hilling 151 (0.3%)
Monmouth – Stephen Morris 100 (0.2%)
Nuneaton – Steve Paxton 104 (0.2%)
Penistone & Stocksbridge – Colin Porter 500 (1%)
Rother Valley – Sharon Pilling 337 (0.8%)
Rotherham – Dean Walker 116 (0.4%)
Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough – Justin Saxton 171 (0.4%)
Sheffield Central – Elizabeth Breed 68 (0.2%)
Sheffield Hallam – Steve Clegg 167 (0.3%)
Sheffield Heeley – David Haslett 122 (0.3%)
Sheffield South East – Matthew Roberts 141 (0.3%)
Southend West – Jeremy Moss 165 (0.5%)
Stevenage – Charles Vickers 115 (0.2%)
Wentworth & Dearne – Alan England 309 (0.7%)
Weston-super-Mare – Clive Lavelle 311 (0.6%)

Liberty GB
Birmingham Ladywood – Timothy Burton 216 (0.5%)
Lewisham West & Penge – George Whale 44 (0.1%)
Luton South – Paul Westom 158 (0.4%)

National Front
Aberdeen North – Chris Willett 186 (0.4%)
Bridgend – Adam Lloyd 66 (0.2%)
Carshalton & Wallington – Richard Edmonds 49 (0.1%)
Hull East – Mike Cooper 86 (0.2%)
Linlithgow & East Falkirk – Neil McIvor 103 (0.2%)
Rochdale – Kevin Bryan 443 (1%)
Tyneside North – Rob Batten 191 (0.4%)

Patria
Bournemouth West – Dick Franklin 99 (0.2%)
Chichester – Dr Andrew Emerson 106 (0.2%)

Independents
Stoke North – Craig Pond 354 (0.3%)

Local election results

British Democratic Party

Bradford, Wyke – Liam Kernaghan (results still to come)
Charnwood, Loughborough Ashby – Kevan Stafford 48 (1.1%)
Charnwood, Thurmaston – Chris Canham 383 (3.1%), Julia Green 384 (3.1%), Paul Newman 504 (4.1%)
NW Leicestershire, Hugglescote St Johns– Graham Partner 132 (12.7%)
Pendle, Waterside – Gary Topping 223 (10.2%)

British National Party

Allerdale, Ellenborough – Clive Jefferson 223 (9.1%)
Allerdale, Ewanrigg – Dawn Charlton 110 (5.1%), David Oloughlin 35 (1.6%)
Burnley, Rosegrove with Lowerhouse – John Rowe 42 (1.6%)
Charnwood, East Goscote – Cathy Duffy 553 (35.9%)
Derby, Chaddesden – Paul Hilliard 98 (1.6%)
East Northamptonshire, Irthlingborough Waterloo – Marc Whitestone 179 (4.9%)
Manchester, Moston – Gareth Black 66 (1%)
Pendle, Vivary Bridge – John Rowe 168 (6.7%)
Salford, Barton – Wayne Tomlinson 271 (5.8%)
Salford, Irwell Riverside – Carl Lawson 37 (0.9%)
Worcester, Bedwardine – Jennifer Whitwam 23 (0.5%)
Worcester, Cathedral – Andrew North 19 (0.4%)
Worcester, Nunnery – Carl Mason 40 (1%)
Worcester, St John – Alan Draper 16 (0.4%)

English Democrats

Barnsley, Central – Colin Porter 480 (11.2%)
Barnsley, Darfield – David Burnett 183 (4%)
Barnsley, Darton East – Sharon Sutton 367 (6.5%)
Barnsley, Darton West – Ian Sutton 855 (15.6%)
Barnsley, Hoyland Milton – Justin Saxton 101 (1.8%)
Barnsley, Rockingham – Kevin Riddiough 192 (3.7%)
Barnsley, St Helen’s – Dean Walker 423 (11.1%)
Bury, Besses – Stephen Morris 67 (1.3%)
Doncaster, Bentley – Keith Hewitt (results still to come)
Doncaster, Bessacarr – Barbara Hewitt (results still to come)
Doncaster, Conisbrough – John Brennan (results still to come)
Kirklees, Dewsbury South – Shaun Maddox 858 (9.9%)
Leicester, Braunstone Park & Rowley Fields – Oliver Healey (results still to come)
Leicester, Thurncourt – David Haslett (results still to come)
Liverpool, Knotty Ash – Derek Grue 16 (0.2%)
Liverpool, Princes Park – Steven Greenhalgh 19 (0.3%)
Liverpool, Riverside – Michael Lane 110 (0.5%)
Liverpool, St Michaels – Paul Rimmer 9 (0.1%)
Liverpool, Warbreck – Steven McEllenborough 25 (0.35%)
Peterborough, Stanground Central – Nick Capp 324 (4.2%)
Walsall, Blakenall – Chris Newey 42 (1.1%)

National Front

Calderdale, Todmorden – Chris Jackson 146 (2.4%)
North Tyneside, Howdon – Bob Batten 102 (2.3%)

NB – Bradford, Doncaster and Leicester are still to declare their results.


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