BNP beaten in Barking, again!

3:03 pm - July 9th 2010

by Jim Jepps    

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Last night the results for the Barking Goresbrook by-election came in where the great white hope Richard Barnbrook was sent packing, again, after there was an administrative cock-up on the part of Labour (standing an ineligible candidate) and the council election had to be taken again.

I thought it might be useful to give the results for May at the same time.

They need to be taken with a small pinch of salt though as people had three votes in May and the Lib Dems and Tories only stood two candidates in May.

Vote May result
Labour (elected) 881 46.59% (51.03%)
BNP 642 33.95% (29.20%)
Lib Dem 136 7.19% (6.86%)
Tory 108 5.71% (10.05%)
Ind 63 3.33% (2.86%)
UKIP 50 2.64%
Ind 11 0.58%

The much reduced turnout of 25% compared to 58% in May is only to be expected as the General Election boosted turnout all over. Interesting that it didn’t make a massive difference to the actual vote proportions though, apart from the dreadful result for the Tories.

This result is a real blow to the BNP who are already feeling like they are being pulled downwards, back into the sewer that they came from.

If even ‘high profile’ members like Barnbrook can’t hold onto a council seat what hope for the future? Ho hum!

One last word, well done to UKIP for standing this time, but they could have tried a bit harder to filtch some of those hard right votes couldn’t they? It could’ve made all the difference.

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Jim Jepps is a socialist in the Green Party and formerly blogged at the Daily (Maybe). He currently writes on London politics, community and the environment at Big Smoke.
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I spoke to a couple of UAF activists who were leadleting and campaigning against the BNP during the by-election. They reported two key changes on the ground compared to the 6 May elections:

(i) Local people were much more confident about going up to the BNP and giving them grief. Clearly the May wipeout has punctured the climate of fear in Barking & Dagenham that has to some extent sheltered the fascists over the past coupla years

(ii) BNP were visibly more rattled and aggressive, especially towards anti-fascist campaigners and black voters. Looks like their confidence about elections has taken a heavy knock, and their ability to keep up a pose of respectability has suffered with it.

One minor nerdy point – I believe the standard method of estimating party share in multiple-seat council elections is to take the highest vote for each party and compute notional percentages from that. For the 6 May election in Goresbrook this works out as: Lab 43.6%, BNP 27.2%, Tory 13.1%, LibDem 9.3%, Ind 6.8%

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