BNP’s anti-immigration image fails to click, again

The extreme rightwing party is facing defeat in the local elections
10th May 2011: BNP’s anti-immigration image has failed to click with the public, once again.
The extreme rightwing party is facing defeat in the local elections.

It has so far lost seven of 11 council seats it was defending. The party, in fact, has been practically removed in its key target city, Stoke-on-Trent. The results of three seats are still to be declared. The party’s only victory so far has come in Queensbury, West Yorkshire.

In Stoke-on-Trent, the party suffered defeat by losing all five of its sitting councillors. The party also failed to do well in Wales, even though it was predicting a breakthrough in the run up to the poll.

In constant criticism for its tough stand on immigration, the party has already been blamed for turning to a hardcore group of neo-Nazis and racists to contest as candidates in local elections.

The criticism came from anti-BNP campaign group Hope not Hate. The group claimed it has compiled a folder of extremist postings of candidates standing on 5 May in the council elections, even those to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly.

In all, the BNP is fielding just about 250 candidates in the elections. The number is nearly 500 less than the 2007 figures.

Refusing to comment on the results, BNP spokesman Simon Darby said there was no point.

Anti-racist campaigners, on the other hand, insisted the results were disastrous for the party.

Nick Lowles from Hope not Hate said Nick Griffin was now in a really parlous position,"

Funded by trades union movement, Hope not Hate only recently said the party had become hopelessly split with many members defecting to the English Democrats and the breakaway party British Freedom Party.

Lowles added the BNP as a political force now appeared to be finished. It is facing huge debts. Even the rebels openly opposed to Griffin have realised it is not worth taking over.

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