BNP Is Now Britain’s Fourth Party
BY BNP News
The British National Party is now Britain’s established fourth party, says nationalist election statistician Martin Wingfield.
“As some of our more vocal opponents are dancing on the grave of the electoral revival of the BNP, there comes a word of caution from other, slightly more reserved, anti-BNP campaigners in tomorrow's Financial Times,” Mr Wingfield said.
Journalist Jim Pickard writes: “The old argument against proportional representation is that it gives more voice to the most minor parties. Would its proponents really be so happy to see the British National Party get seats in the Commons? That, presumably, would be the outcome given that the BNP picked up 562,000 votes last week — up from 192,000 in 2005.
“In a theoretical PR system that could be 13 seats. But the system would probably be skewed to stop the very smallest parties getting equal representation; for example the 5 percent threshold used by the London Assembly. That didn’t stop the BNP getting a seat there, however.
“Once the BNP did have 'representation' within the Commons their grouping would have disproportionate influence in any hung Parliament situation, which would happen more frequently.
“‘Imagine if they were the kingmakers’,” says one Labour insider opposed to electoral reform.
“The counter-argument is that no far right party in Britain has ever reached the level of popularity in Britain to even merit a place on the podium. That doesn’t mean it cannot ever happen. I’m not the only person with worries about this; several cerebral politicians have told me the same thing.”
Mr Wingfield said that the Financial Times is right. “Putting aside the disappointment that we didn't make the breakthrough in our high profile seats in Barking and Stoke Central, our votes across the country in many of the 334 seats we contested were a testament to a solid bedrock of support.
“In the North East, Yorkshire and the East Midlands our candidates made inroads into the core vote of the Old Gang parties which has been established for years.
“In Wales we not only managed to save our deposits in some seats but also mounted a challenge to Plaid Cymru for the nationalist core vote.
“Anti-BNP proponents of electoral reform say that the 5 percent threshold plus an additional 2.5 percent safeguard for good measure would keep the BNP out of Westminster. How wrong they would be.
“Take a look at these results from last Thursday.
Ashton-Under-Lyne: David Lomas 2,929 votes (7.6%)
Barking: Nick Griffin 6,620 (14.6%)
Barnsley Central: Ian Sutton 3,307 (8.9%)
Barnsley East: Colin Porter 3,301 (8.6%)
Burnley: Sharon Wilkinson 3,747 (9.05%)
Dagenham & Rainham: Michael Barnbrook 4,952 (11.2%)
Leeds Central: Kevin Meeson 3,066 (8.2%)
Leeds East: Trevor Brown 2,947 (7.8%)
Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford: Graham Thewlis-Hardy 3,864 (8.4%)
Rother Valley: Will Blair 3,616 (7.7%)
Rotherham: Marlene Guest 3,906 (10.4%)
Sheffield Brightside; John Sheldon 3,026 (7.8%)
Stoke-on-Trent Central: Simon Darby 2,502 (7.7%)
Stoke-on-Trent North: Melanie Baddeley 3,196 (8.0%)
Stoke-on-Trent North: Michael Coleman 3,762 (9.4%)
Thurrock: Emma Colgate 3,618 (7.9%)
Walsall North: Christopher Woodall 2,930 (8.1%)
Wentworth & Dearne: George Baldwin 3,189 (7.6%)
West Bromwich West: Russ Green 3,394 (9.4%)
“That's 19 constituencies where the British National Party would be staking a claim to a seat in Westminster but it's not only these high profile seats from where the BNP will be making its challenge,” Mr Wingfield said. “There are other seats where the BNP vote is ready to soar.
“This election is very much like our European election of 2004. We failed to win a seat so we were written off by the political pundits. But on closer analysis, our results on Thursday deserve much more than to be dismissed out of hand.
“In nearly 200 seats our votes were around the 4 percent mark and we were firmly established as the fourth political party. This is something to build on and shows that we have a presence across the country.
“When people digest our results in full they will see that this was a very respectable performance and bodes well for the future."
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