Stoke on Trent City by election set back for the BNP
he BNP have suffered a set back in a
recent by election with their vote falling by 32% from 674 (and second place)
last year to 464 (and third place) on the 3rd of March.
The far right organisation's vote is of course still worryingly
high but the drop from 25.3% to 22% will be seen as problematic by its supporters,
who have already recognised that it is extremely unlikely that they will do well
at the General election, and see the party losing momentum.
Of course, the election result will hardly be seen as good news
by the government as the Labour vote dropped from a very safe 823 to a second
place 496 - a massive fall in the space of a single year. The Lib dems won the
seat having been in fifth place in 2004.
What's clear from this result is that the BNP is having problems
but is not yet dead, and there is no room for complacency from anti-fascists. It
is not that long ago that 22% for a fascist organisation would have been thought
inconceivable - whilst now it indicates a falling away of support.
Results Stoke-on-Trent City – East Valley: 3rd March 2005 Lib Dem 525
(June 2004) Lab 823,
Lib Dem 330