The controlled commercial media
have deliberately blacked out the surge in BNP votes in
Whitehaven and Ibstock, despite
the fact that the BNP beat all three of the major’ parties in
these two by-elections.
The Whitehaven result,
announced on Thursday evening, has only been reported in one
local paper and on 24dash.com, which carried this interesting
comment: “The last 2008 council by-elections produced a night
of high drama with mainstream parties holding off the BNP by
knife-edge majorities in two contests…”
This obviously important
development has been studiously ignored by all other media
outlets, particularly the result
in Whitehaven which saw the safest Labour council seat in
Cumbria nearly fall to the BNP.
In the deliberate absence of
media coverage, BNP News is proud to bring readers this
first-hand account from Cumbria BNP press officer, Clive
British National Party took a massive 40.1
percent of the vote in the Kells and Sandwith
by-election. Unfortunately for the residents
of the ward, it was not quite enough to win outright.
Nevertheless, Labour’s massive majority of 1010 was almost
completely demolished by Simon Nicholson and his team,
leaving Labour with a majority of
No stone was left unturned in
this election and we are now a very efficient, dedicated and
professional election unit.
My thanks to everyone who
contributed to this campaign and especially to those who put
in seriously long hours on election day — our core people
simply did not sit down from five am to midnight.
have stunned the political establishment with this
We were the only party to man
all the six polling stations, all day. We have precise records
of everyone who voted and our polling agents then affixed the
BNP seals to each box and followed the boxes to the count.
With our whipping teams still
bringing our voters to the polls between 9- 10pm, and the yes
voters being ticked off, we knew this one would go right down
to the wire.
This knowledge was instantly
confirmed when the first boxes were opened and tipped onto the
table. The room was absolutely silent; the Conservatives
actually left the counting tables well before the end.
Labour were absolutely devastated as it became
apparent that they could well lose this, their safest seat in
Cumbria, to the BNP.
The votes were then separated
into candidate piles as the atmosphere became even more
electric. In some areas, we won hands down, some we were level
pegging and in just one of the six polling districts was there
a large enough Labour vote to save them from defeat.
The votes were banded in piles
of twenty fives and taken to another table to be piled into
one hundreds. We lost by half a bundle of votes, a
Our election agent called a
re-count which uncovered a discrepancy of one vote. Just to be
sure, we had one more re-count after that.
result was announced to a stunned and subdued Labour
Party. I went over to the winner, Wendy
Skillicorne, and said “Let me be the first to congratulate
you,” offering her my hand.
“I think not!” was the sneering
reply, as she turned away and refused my proffered hand. “That
says it all; you are even a bad winner,” were my final words
We called this election and
forced it on the others when they did not want it. We now know
why. This election was run by a group of volunteers from
Cumbria (apart from Ken Booth and two lads from Sunderland who
came over to help us on the day). They took on the ruling
powers of the Borough, County and indeed the
country, and came within sixteen
votes of taking the safest Labour seat in Cumbria which had
previously had a 1010 Labour majority.
We were disappointed, but as I
said when we left — “See you all again in June when we do it
again!” That seat, and indeed all Cumbria County Council
seats, are up for re-election next June and we have already
started work in the wards.
The outcome of this election
has not dented us — it’s electrified us. We had never set foot
in that ward before, our only other County Council effort was
in January, 2007 and we polled 6.7 percent.
Imagine how our team now feels,
going into all out county elections in wards where we are
established and have already polled well! It might well be
decided to run a full slate of candidates for the whole of
I hope you enjoy your six
months, Wendy, and are most relaxed with your 16 vote
majority. We will be monitoring every move you make, and those
that you don’t make, and we will take that seat in six month’s
Photograph: The BNP team at the
count. From left to right — Ken, NE Regional Organiser; Bill,
Election Agent; Paul, Allerdale Organiser; Clive, Copeland
Organiser; Natasha, Youth Leader; Simon, Candidate; Mike,
Barrow-in-Furness & South Lakeland Organiser; Alistair,
Carlisle Organiser; Brian, Counting Agent.