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Local elections 2006

The Dissident Congress commentary

It is without doubt that this years local elections have been the best ever for patriots. Labour performed very badly, and in some councils were well and truly given a bloody nose. A general disaffection with the appalling service from this government at local and national level is the primary reason for Labour's poor performance, but the situation was exacerbated by the recent events at cabinet level involving Clarke, Hewitt, and Prescott. There was a definite trend towards supporting smaller parties either as a protest vote or a break from the Lib-Lab-Con stranglehold. The election of many councillors from both the BNP and Respect Coalition is indicative of a move towards Identity Politics superseding the traditional ideological politics of Left, Liberal and Right.

Rather surprisingly, there appeared to be a swing towards the Conservatives. Dissident Congress predicted that there would be a noticeable swing from Labour towards the Lib-Dems either on the grounds of better local policies, or as a protest vote where no small parties are standing, but this swing never materialised. We are not quite sure why there was a swing from Labour to the Conservatives but a possible explanation is that many people who traditionally voted Tory and switched to New Labour during the late 1990s reverted back to the Tories this time round. We wouldn't say the Conservatives did particularly well overall, especially north of Watford although they managed to win a handful of councils and all four wards in Birmingham Northfield in the shadow of the defunct Rover factory. Finally, the Conservatives have a reasonably good track record in local government. They generally don't spend (or waste) as much public money as Labour and the Lib-Dems, and people are increasingly worried about the every increasing council tax bills.

So how did the smaller parties fare?

The British National Party

"It is amazing to think that this time four years ago in 2002 the BNP got its first three councillors elected in Burnley. Four years later they have 54 elected councillors on 19 councils."

A total of 357 BNP members put themselves forward for 70 councils up and down the country including every ward in Birmingham, Sunderland, and Kirklees. On the 5th of May it was revealed that 33 new councillors were elected - more than doubling the number the BNP previously had - on the following councils:

12 London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
3 Epping Forest
3 Sandwell
3 Stoke
2 Burnley
2 Kirklees
1 Birmingham
1 Bradford
1 London Borough of Havering
1 London Borough of Redbridge
1 Leeds
1 Pendle
1 Redditch
1 Solihull

Most breathtaking of all was the election of 12 councillors in Barking and Dagenham making the BNP the official opposition on the council although Labour still has an overall majority. Support for the BNP was so high that in wards that had no BNP candidates several hundred voters wrote BNP on their ballot slips. If the BNP contested every ward with three candidates then they would almost certainly have taken control of the council. The BNP has Margaret Hodge, the Labour MP for Barking, to thank for their exceptional performance. On the 15th of April she stated that eight out of ten voters in her constituency were planning to vote for the BNP, and the media took up the story and ran with it. Hodge said "They can't get a home for their children, they see black and ethnic minority communities moving in and they are angry". "When I knock on doors I say to people, 'are you tempted to vote BNP?' and many, many, many - eight out of 10 of the white families - say 'yes'. That's something we have never seen before, in all my years. Even when people voted BNP, they used to be ashamed to vote BNP. Now they are not." Mrs Hodge said the pace of ethnic change in her area had frightened people. "What has happened in Barking and Dagenham is the most rapid transformation of a community we have ever witnessed."

Another instance of vote fraud took place in the Banana Republic of Birmingham. In the early hours of Friday the 5th, it was announced that Sharon Ebanks of the BNP had won Kingstanding ward with 2310 votes. The Labour candidates demanded a recount. Two recounts were performed and both confirmed that the BNP was first place with a majority of more than 200 over Labour. An hour and a half later an administrative error was declared, but, there was no one present at that 3rd count, not even the police to witness this. The Returning Officer then declared that both Labour candidates had in fact won the Kingstanding ward and that Birmingham Council would be going to court to overturn the BNP win. The BNP contacted the Chief Legal Officer for Birmingham Council and informed him that a formal legal challenge would be taken to the decision to overturn the BNP victory if the council decided to go ahead with a court action. After consultation with their lawyers, the BNP was informed on the afternoon of the 5th that Birmingham Council would not be challenging the BNP victory and that Sharon Ebanks would be sworn in as a councillor. The Labour team left in a fury after hurling aggressive challenges and abuse at the Returning officer's staff and the BNP counting agents. Sharon Ebanks has officially been confirmed the winner of Kingstanding ward, but this has been challenged by Birmingham Council at the expense of the taxpayer.

The BNP appears to be slipping in the North West. Two new councillors were elected in Burnley although an existing councillor was defeated. Hapton with Park ward takes the credit for being the first ward to be completely represented by the BNP following the election of its third councillor. Only 5 wards were contested in Oldham compared with 10 in 2003 and in all wards the BNP was 3rd place.

In Yorkshire the BNP fielded a record number of 104 councillors including a full slate for Kirklees. Results were good but not as impressive as Dissident Congress expected. The BNP managed to elect their first councillor in Leeds and a further two in Kirklees. However, they lost a councillor in Calderdale and Bradford, although there was a significant increase in number of BNP votes in Bradford compared to last time round. The BNP stood in against incumbent Green Party candidates in both Kirklees and Shipley but failed to unseat them.

There were shock victories in Redditch, Solihull, Redbridge, and Havering. The BNP came 1st in Gooshays ward in Havering with the Conservatives taking 2nd and 3rd place. If the BNP had fielded three candidates then Gooshays would almost certainly have joined Hapton with Park. No BNP candidates were elected in Dudley, Thurrock, or the North East.

A rather sour point is that the BNP failed to win Tipton Green ward in Sandwell against two Muslim opponents from Labour and the Tories. Labour won with a small majority. A strong likelihood exists that if the BNP can't win Tipton Green this year they probably never will. Dissident Congress recommends that the BNP stays out of this ward from now onwards and leave it to the Freedom Party to challenge the "Tipton Taliban" Labour councillors. The result for Tipton Green is:

Ahmadul Haque Labour 1268
Steven Anthony Parkes British National Party 1195
Chaudhry Muhammad Shehzad Conservative Party  1091

UKIP

Local elections are not UKIP's strong point and there was only one gain in Hartlepool which was offset by a loss on the Wirral. Overall UKIP results ranged from mediocre to reasonable and they regularly beat at least one of the establishment parties. Newcastle-under-Lyme council had a full slate of UKIP candidates and many of them managed to beat at one of the establishment parties. Candidates were also fielded in wards in Manchester Blackley and Wolverhampton South East, which indicates that UKIP is beginning to build on their past successes. UKIP don't seem to be very effective as acting as a proxy BNP vote. Many wards in Barking and Dagenham had two BNP candidates and a UKIP candidate. We expected that UKIP would get councillors elected as the BNP voter's third choice but it never materialised.

English Democrats

The English Democrats fielded 16 candidates in Newcastle, Carlisle, Doncaster, Leeds, Kirklees, Three Rivers, Epping Forest, Basildon, Stevenage, Lambeth, Bexley, Havant, Portsmouth, Reigate and Banstead, and Bristol.  Their best result was in the Finningley ward of Doncaster with 973 votes or 21.2% and 2nd place behind the Conservatives. Elsewhere results were reasonably good and they beat one of the establishment parties in 6 wards, the Greens in 5 wards, and UKIP in one ward. In Denby Dale ward in Kirklees they managed to beat the BNP by two votes. Their worse result was 108 votes in Oval ward in Lambeth.

"Dissident Congress thinks that a council seat is within their grasp."

Green Party

It was a very good year for the Green Party who fielded 1294 candidates and managed to contest every ward in Barnet, Brent, Haringey, Lewisham, Eastbourne, Birmingham, Camden, Islington, Hackney, Waveney, Manchester, Bristol, Kirklees, Oxford, Norwich, Watford, Sheffield, Cambridge, Colchester and St. Albans councils. A total of 20 new councillors were elected in Oxford, Norwich, Bristol, Sheffield, Stroud, Hackney, Islington Camden, Southwark, Lambeth, and Lewisham. In Oldham 14 wards had a Green Party candidate whereas only 5 wards had a BNP candidate.

The Greens are a very London centric party. About a third of their membership live inside the M25, and a high proportion of senior party figures are Londoners. Of the 1294 candidates they fielded this year, 567 contested a ward in Greater London which is approximately 44% of the total. What is interesting is that 20 years ago the best Green Party results came from rural areas and London results were derisory. The Greens also seem to think that London stretches from Uxbridge to Upminster when in reality many residents of outer London boroughs would prefer their borough to be removed from Greater London and either returned to its traditional county or becomes a unitary authority.

Dissident Congress would really like to know just exactly who votes for the Green Party. We can understand them getting support in rural areas where immigration and asylum are not local issues, and a few oddball political towns such as Oxford and more recently Norwich, but why elsewhere unless it is a protest vote?

On 11th May the Greens won their first seat on Scarborough council in a by-election, that was previously held by the Tories, taking the total number of Green Party councillors in England to 92. They were up against a BNP opponent which they smeared and went round telling voters not to vote for the BNP.

National Front

The National Front contested a handful of wards in Birmingham, Hounslow, Hillingdon, and Great Yarmouth. Results were reasonably good with 1207 votes in Kingstanding ward in Birmingham, and 2nd place behind the Conservatives with 24.3% of the vote in the Harefield ward of Hillingdon. In Feltham West and Feltham North ward in Hounslow the NF came a clear 3rd place beating the Lib-Dems and only 282 votes away from winning Feltham West.

"In 2004 Dissident Congress identified Feltham as a promising area for future activities."

The NF as a political party is badly organised and virtually defunct, but the election results show it as possibly functioning as a proxy BNP vote. Dissident Congress does not rule out the prospect of the NF winning a council seat although it almost certainly won't be in London or Birmingham. The most likely areas are either a deep rural part of the West Country, or a coal pit village in County Durham.

England First Party

This small party based in Lancashire stood two candidates for the Meadowhead and Fernhurst wards in Blackburn and Darwen Council, and both candidates were elected. Rather strangely, none of the BNP candidates contesting Blackburn with Darwen were elected. No wards had both a BNP and an EFP candidate. The EFP now joins the Freedom Party as the only patriotic party apart from the BNP that has elected councillors

Dissident Congress is wondering if the EFP is a more hardline version of the English Democrats rather than a party from the same mould as the BNP and NF. The EFP is 100% committed to an independent England and abolishing the Union.

Third Way

This small pseudopatriotic party fielded 14 candidates across 6 wards in Havering. Previously their results have been derisory but this time round they got an impressive vote in Elm Park ward with two candidates beating Labour and all three beating the Greens. Results in other wards were only so-so and quite poor in Cranham that was won hands down by the Upminster and Cranham Residents' Association.

Respect Coalition.

George Galloway's party fielded 170 candidates comprised of a mixture of Muslims and non Muslims. Many of the non Muslim candidates had previously served in the Socialist Alliance and the SWP. The main battleground was London which had 140 candidates, mostly in Tower Hamlets and Newham with three candidates for every ward with the exception of St. Katherines and Wapping.

A total of 11 councillors were elected in Tower Hamlets making them the official opposition in a council where no party has overall control. The Newham results were rather disappointing. Only three councillors were elected in Green Street West ward. Labour has retained a solid majority in Newham and their only other opponents are three Christian People's Alliance councillors in Canning Town South ward. A Respect Coalition councillor was also elected in the heavily Islamic Sparkbrook ward in Birmingham.

The Respect Coalition only fielded only two candidates in Yorkshire - one in Leeds and the other in Sheffield - and both where white non Muslims. There were no candidates for heavily Islamic parts of Bradford and Kirklees. Does anybody know why the Respect Coalition is virtually non-existent in Yorkshire when it is the home to large Muslim communities?

It is noteworthy that all the winning Respect Coalition candidates are Muslims. This is further evidence that Respect will split into two. The BNP have stated "What is absolutely clear is that Galloway's Trots need their Islamic allies a great deal more than the Islamics need George's Trots!". Dissident Congress fully agrees with this.

Freedom Party

The Freedom Party sadly did not field any candidates this year. Steve Edwards planned on contesting Tipton Green ward in Sandwell but reluctantly backed down in order to avoid splitting the anti Labour vote when the BNP stubbornly insisted they were going to field a candidate. However, the BNP failed to win Tipton Green and Labour romped home with another victory. It is a shame the Freedom Party didn't field a candidate for another ward in Sandwell that wasn't contested by the BNP such as Wednesbury North or Blackheath. They probably wouldn't have won but it would show the electorate that they are still active and given them an opportunity to vote for a patriotic candidate. There were no elections taking place in South Staffordshire or Market Harborough this year which are active Freedom Party areas.

There has been some rumour circulating that Steve Edwards decided to back the Muslim Conservative candidate. Allegations were made that this rumour originated from a Lib-Dem councillor in Sandwell. Dissident Congress considers it as a smear against the Freedom Party although we are intrigued about the significant rise in the Conservative vote that now makes Tipton Green a three-way marginal.

Veritas

Veritas fielded two candidates in Bolton and another two in Hull. There was very little publicity on the Veritas website and the results were poor. Dissident Congress now thinks that Veritas is a dead horse.

A question you might be asking yourself is where in England does Labour still hold strong?

1. Areas dominated by poorer ethnics where the majority are not Muslim.

The Respect Coalition gets very little support from non Muslim ethnics because the war in Iraq is of little relevance to them and they probably see the Respect Coalition as a party for Muslims. Dissident Congress thinks that the only party capable of defeating Labour in these areas are the Liberal Democrats.

2. Mining towns.

Dissident Congress thinks that the political status of many (former) coal mining areas is out of sync with the rest of Britain. They are insular places with a population that is detached from - or even out of touch with - what is going on in the rest of the country; almost entirely white and British, and consequently unaffected by immigration and race relations; have a very low proportion of homes with an internet connection; and old ingrained habits of voting Labour because your parents and grandparents voted Labour die hard.

STOP PRESS

Labour lodged an election petition with the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court over the Kingstanding ward result.  At the High Court hearing on 18th July, Mr Justice Cooke revealed Labour candidate Zoe Hopkins polled 1881 votes, her fellow Labour candidate, Catherine Grundy, received 1811 votes and Sharon Ebanks polled 1,327 votes. On the 26th July, judges announced that Sharon Ebanks had not been duly elected and Zoe Hopkins and Catherine Grundy were duly elected. In the meantime, hundreds of BNP votes went missing...

Sharon Ebanks has now resigned from the BNP and co-founded the Birmingham based New Nationalist Party