BNP Victory Shock Sept03
week's shock by-election victory in Thurrock (Essex) for the extreme right
wing British National Party (BNP) should shake us all out of the apathy
which seems endemic in voters. BNP victories in Oldham, Bolton and other
northern towns and cities are often attributed to tension between
immigrants living in ghettos and the local indigenous communities. The
BNP’s victory in rural East Anglia is a shock for all those who have
worked hard to build good community relations.
the BNP seems to be making ground in working class urban areas at the
expense of Labour voters, all three main parties have to be on their
guard. And here's a warning signal for us all in West Suffolk. The BNP is
targeting rural areas because it claims to have a solution to all the
problems we are facing - rural depravation, the loss of key services
such as transport, shops and health care, and the future livelihoods of
farming. Don't be fooled!
BNP might sound convincing, but underneath its new found polices mask a
pernicious set of extreme views centred on race, immigration and asylum.
The BNP has neither a comprehensive manifesto covering all aspects of the
national economy nor any sound policies to manage the social fabric of
don't believe for one moment that the voters of Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury,
Brandon, Newmarket and Haverhill will be fooled by the BNP but my
Conservative Party as well as Labour and the Liberal Democrats have a duty
to expose the BNP and to come up with policies which overcome the
anxieties of ordinary people.
believe that most people of Suffolk and East Anglia are supporters of the
three major political parties. Their choices depend on the party’s
ability to govern and to deliver quality public services such as health,
education, social services, law and order. Most people wish to live
harmoniously in their communities and they are tolerant of the vulnerable
and the unemployed amongst them.
Labour Government has failed to formulate and implement an asylum policy
that is based on strict control of those who may apply and vigilance at
our borders. Sadly, this failure has lead to a number of voters looking
for an alternative in the extreme right.
is, as yet, no sign that the BNP is actively forming local branches in
West Suffolk, or that it is intending to put up council candidates. The
next elections for St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath will be in 2007, but
before that there are the European elections and a General Election.
the 1999 European elections, I was elected as Member of the European
parliament in Brussels to represent East Anglia, including Suffolk. The
detailed voting analysis from the returning officer show that the BNP
polled 204 votes in the Bury St Edmunds constituency and 126 in the West
Suffolk constituency, out of a total vote for the party across the East of
England Euro constituency of 9,353.
three major parties must now ensure that they spell out their policies to
the rural and urban voters in Suffolk and beyond so that there is no room
for extreme parties such as the BNP to divide and destabilise our local