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Election news round-up

News in brief from the 3 May local elections

Issue No. 2302

Labour holds up across Scotland

The Labour Party scored an unexpected victory in the Scottish local council elections last week.

Although the Scottish National Party (SNP) won the most council seats, Labour held onto its Glasgow stronghold and won a majority on three other councils.

Labour is now the largest party in 14 of Scotland’s 32 councils. The SNP is the largest party in seven and has an overall majority in Angus and Dundee.

Many expected Labour to lose its long domination of Glasgow to the SNP. But the SNP’s sheen has been tarnished of late.

The party’s endless calls for cuts in corporation tax are unpopular—as are revelations of links between Rupert Murdoch and SNP leader and Scottish first minister Alex Salmond.

Alan Thomson

Five councillors for Respect in Bradford

Respect won five council seats in Bradford, unseating the Labour leader of the council. The gains follow George Galloway’s shock victory in the recent Bradford West parliamentary by-election.

Galloway said it had been a “fantastic night” for Respect. The party took seats from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Tories.

Former student activist Ruqayyah Collector won a seat for Respect in City ward. “It’s an amazing victory for the left,” Ruqayyah told Socialist Worker. “It sends a signal to the mainsteam parties that where there’s an alternative, people will vote for it.”

Electoral wipeout for the Nazi BNP

It was a terrible election for the Nazis of the British National Party (BNP). The fascists lost every single seat they were defending.

The BNP was booted off the London Assembly, plummeting to 2.1 percent of the vote. It was cleared out of its former stronghold of Burnley borough council for the first time in a decade.

The Nazis also lost two council seats in Amber Valley, two in Rotherham, and one each in Calderdale, Epping Forest, Nuneaton, Pendle and Three Rivers.

The BNP in Burnley was brought down by ten years of consistent and unrelenting anti-fascist campaigning, said Paul Jenkins from Unite Against Fascism. “This is a springboard to driving BNP leader Nick Griffin out of his European parliament seat in 2014,” he added.

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