British National Party Beat Lib Dems and Tories in Burnley
The British National Party beat both coalition government parties in a local election in Burnley last night. Both the Liberal Democrats and Tories were beaten by the British National Party, which won second place and significantly improved its percentage from 2010. Nearly a quarter of all those who voted supported us.
The election saw a strong campaign by our local candidate, Paul McDevitt, supported with advice and guidance from National Elections Officer Clive Jefferson.
"I am very satisfied with this result," said Mr Jefferson. "We are using by-elections to trial new techniques and to re-visit and refine some old ones. In particular our new election database Alfred is being tweaked and tested with good results. I would like to thank all those who helped support Paul's candidacy by leafleting and canvassing door-to-door.
"Clearly, Labour in opposition are a more difficult foe than Labour in power. People forget the harm they have done and simply vote against the unpopular ConDem coalition. They got an 11.8% swing compared with last May's main polls. The fact that we boosted our vote from 2010 under these conditions is a very good sign, but we still have much to do."
Full result below.
Rosegrove with Lowerhouse by-election result, 10th March 2011:
1st: Beatrice Foster, Labour – 521
2nd: Paul McDevitt, British National Party – 288
3rd: Kate Mottorshead, Liberal Democrat – 261
4th: Matthew Isherwood, Conservative – 81
5th: Andrew Hennessey, Independent – 58