Local elections

BNP loses only county council seat

By Zoe Winograd, May 3, 2013

The British National Party has lost its only county council seat.

BNP candidate Paul Robinson polled only 358 votes in defence of his seat in the Padiham and Burnley West division in Lancashire, trailing last behind winner, Labour's Marcus Johnstone , in this week's local elections.


Nate Silver predicts 'crash and burn' for UK independence Party

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2013

The UK Independence Party could "crash and burn" in the same way as the tea party did at the last US elections, the pollster Nate Silver told a London audience on Tuesday.

Mr Silver, who is celebrated for accurately predicting the outcome of the presidential election in all 50 US states last November, was in the UK to discuss his new book, The Signal and the Noise.


Far-right drops its mask

By Matthew Goodwin, May 3, 2013

The British National Party could once put up more than 400 candidates, and attract national media attention. As yesterday's local elections showed, today the BNP is very much a shadow of its former self, and can barely contest 100 seats.


BNP set for trouncing in local elections

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2013

The threat of the British National Party stands seriously diminished on the eve of local elections across England, experts have claimed.

Unlike four years ago, the Board of Deputies has not felt the need to run a campaign against the BNP, and anti-fascist campaign group Hope Not Hate has predicted widespread defeat for BNP candidates.


Ukip suspends candidate over Holocaust comments

By Marcus Dysch, April 25, 2013

Ukip has suspended a local election candidate over comments attributed to her which attacked Zionists and accused Jews of engineering the Second World War.

Comments appeared on Facebook in the name of Anna-Marie Crampton encouraging followers to "read the Protocols of Zion, all you need to know is in there and it's in their own words".


Northern Ireland councillors end Gaza twinning

By Marcus Dysch, November 30, 2012

One of Northern Ireland’s smallest towns has reversed its controversial decision to twin with Gaza.

Councillors in Moyle, County Antrim, voted to end the partnership with Gaza’s municipal authorities at a meeting on Monday.


Galloway's Respect ousts Labour leader in Bradford

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2012

The Respect Party has unseated the Labour leader of Bradford City Council just weeks after George Galloway became Respect MP for Bradford West.

Labour is expected to make gains of some 700 seats across the country following the country’s local elections on Thursday, although counts are ongoing.


Just 19 — and helping beat back the BNP

By Dana Gloger, May 9, 2008

Jewish candidates gained council seats across the country in last week’s local elections, often in wards where they fought off the BNP.

Rebecca Cohen, the youngest Tory

In Epping Forest, Brian Sandley (Conservative) took the Chigwell Row ward, and 19-year-old Rebecca Cohen won Loughton Forest for the Conservatives. Ms Cohen became the youngest person ever to win a seat on Epping Forest District Council.


Stars back ‘stop BNP’ campaign

By Dana Gloger, April 25, 2008

A host of celebrities have joined a campaign urging members of the Jewish community to vote in next week’s local and mayoral elections, to stop the British National Party making gains.

Singers, actors and TV presenters joined the Hope not Hate campaign by anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, which is travelling the country encouraging people to vote so that the BNP does not win seats in the May 1 elections.


Papers faces backlash over BNP election ads

By Dana Gloger, April 18, 2008

One of the country’s biggest media groups has caused outrage by printing British National Party advertisements in its London newspapers.

Archant London published the adverts, which urge people to vote for the BNP in the May 1 elections, in all its newspapers in the capital.

One of these is the Ham & High, which covers several North London areas with large Jewish populations, including Hampstead and Golders Green.