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BNP hammered in Torbay council by-election

| Monday, 24 May 2004 Source: Searchlight


Despite their boasts of "demonstrating a huge increase of support for our policies", the British National Party suffered a major setback at Oldway Mansion in Paignton last night.

During the initial stages of the count, Tony North, the leading BNP Euro candidate in the South West region, and 11 of his pack of scum were looking pretty pleased with themselves. As the count progressed their smiles dropped and they broke away from the friendly huddle with UKIP supporters (who also had a candidate) and spent the rest of the night talking among themselves.

An eavesdropper reported that North was "well pissed off" after hearing that Channel 4 had pulled the plug on broadcasting Edge of the City and went off on one of his "political correctness gone mad" rants. The documentary, which alleges that young men in Bradford of Asian origin are grooming under-age white girls for prostitution, was postponed after West Yorkshire Police said it could provoke racial violence in the run-up to the elections on 10 June. The BNP, which is fielding ten candidates in the local elections in Bradford, had promoted the film on its website as a BNP party political broadcast.

The BNP reacted to the cancellation by threatening to rewrite its actual election broadcast to cover the same ground as the programme and was hurriedly looking for families to take part in a new film. The party appeared unconcerned about the risk of racial violence in Bradford, which was the scene of race riots in July 2001 provoked by far-right agitators.

The results were

No of votes

Percentage

Conservative

498

29.3

Liberal Democrat

413

24.3

Independent

203

11.9

Labour

203

11.9

UK Independence Party

128

7.5

BNP

106

6.2

Independent

85

5.0

Independent

63

3.7

Turnout was 31.2%.

The BNP candidate, Michael Turner, was also a Torbay BNP candidate in last year's local elections, where he got 276 votes.

The BNP is fielding two candidates for Plymouth City Council on 10 June.


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