BNP by-election defeat

BNP leafletThe British National Party, which used images of the bombed London bus on a leaflet, has failed to gain a council seat at a by-election. Labour held the Becontree seat in the east London borough of Barking and Dagenham with a majority of nearly 800.

The BNP used a photograph of the bus with the caption, “maybe it’s time to start listening to the BNP” .

The winning candidate, Alok Agrawal, said after the result: “It was very sad using a national tragedy in order to try and gain votes. They thought people were fools. They thought people would fall into a trap. But the voters have massively rejected them. They have told the BNP ‘We don’t want you in Barking and Dagenham’.”

BBC News, 15 July 2005

See also NAAR news article, 15 July 2005