THE BRITISH National Party has again been beaten back in its attempts to get more councillors elected. The first council by-election was in Oldham, where BNP leader Nick Griffin has long hoped to achieve a breakthrough. But ordinary people in Failsworth East rejected the BNP's lies.
'It was a victory for anti-racist campaigning. Labour polled 2,045 votes, over 1,500 more than the BNP's 539 votes,' said local campaigner Mike Killian. 'Anti-racist campaigners are working to build a rally on 15 January to launch the campaign to stop the BNP in the June council and European elections in Greater Manchester.'
The BNP was also thwarted in the Stockland Green ward in Birmingham. It came fourth with 503 votes, behind the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour, which won the seat with 1,377 votes.