Yesterday we showed how the British National Party was running out of money, today we can reveal that it is running out of candidates as its activist base is decimated by defections and infighting. Research by Political Scrapbook shows the party has lost 70% of its in its candidates in target “heartland” areas.
A comparison between 2007 and 2011 for councils where the party previously stood five or more candidates shows ward nominations reduced from 545 to 166. The most dramatic collapses include:
- Sunderland: 27 nominations reduced to 0.
- Leeds: 33 nominations reduced to 2.
- Kirklees: 22 nominations reduced to 4.
- Bradford: 17 nominations reduced to 1.
Charnwood in Leicestershire, home to the largest number of BNP members in the country when the membership list was leaked three years ago, sees 14 running under the BNP banner reduced to just 3. Among the growing list of councils to confirm that they have no BNP candidates are Gateshead and Oldham, a huge blow for Nick Griffin. After winning a seat in the European Parliament he said:
“We will be in Oldham as often as there are local people, good people, willing to campaign for what we see as winnable seats. I definitely think we can get on Oldham Council.”
Errr, so why don’t you field any candidates, Nick?
The only Union Jacks most people will see on election day, will be left over bunting from the Royal Wedding.