| Friday, 15 December 2006 Source: Horsham County Times
HORSHAM MP Francis Maude this week told the County Times of his 'shock and chilling concern' at the success of the British National Party (BNP) in the Denne by-election on Thursday December 7.
The seat was held by the Lib Dems – but the BNP came third out of six candidates, beating Labour, UKIP and an independent.
Mr Maude said he was becoming increasingly worried by the BNP's success in Horsham, and was 'horrified' to see the party pick up 13 per cent of the vote in last week's Horsham District Council ballot.
"I am bitterly disappointed that the Conservatives didn't win, and there is no point in making any bones about it." he said.
"But I think the real worry for a lot of people in this town is that the BNP got so much of the vote.
"I think there is a sense of frustration with Labour from people all over the country, and maybe people are a little fed-up and disillusioned with other mainstream parties.
"But to see their votes go to parties with horrible racist views is really disturbing."