Despite Labour’s vote collapsing, overall the radical left did not register gains in last Thursday’s elections.
Between them the Socialist Labour Party and No2EU gained 2 percent of the vote nationwide, with the latter trailing Arthur Scargill’s party.
Five years ago Respect polled 4.84 percent across London, beating the BNP. The combined left vote in London was down this year to 2.1 percent.
But in some areas, left wing candidates got a good vote. This was in places where candidates were rooted and well known as campaigners.
Tom Woodcock stood as an independent left wing candidate in the Romsey ward in Cambridge.
He had previously stood as a Respect candidate and is a well-known, respected activist in the area.
He won over 17 percent of the vote and came third—just 3 percent, or 68 votes, behind the Labour candidate.
And the Barrow Socialist People’s Party won its first seat on Cumbria county council.