Anti-fascists in the West Midlands celebrated on Thursday of last week after a council by-election saw the British National Party (BNP) beaten into third place in one of its former strongholds.
The by-election, in the Princes End ward of Sandwell, was triggered when the BNP’s James Lloyd was kicked off the council for failing to attend a single meeting for the past six months.
At the May local elections this year the BNP was only 20 votes away from winning a third seat in Princes End. The fascists had been polling around 1,000 votes in the ward.
“This has been the biggest set back for the BNP in Sandwell so far,” said Tony Barnsley from Black Country Unite Against Fascism. “It shows that even in their strongest areas we can knock them back.
“The BNP are down to two councillors in Sandwell – which is still two too many. Next May we should, with some effort, be able to drive them back even further.”
Labour won the by-election with 796 votes. The Tories came second on 517 and the Nazis third on 314. This compares to 898 for Labour, 878 for the BNP and 498 for the Tories in May.