BNP Win in Bexley Thwarted by Recount
Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 22nd January, 2009
I spent part of this afternoon telling in Welling, in a primary school that was serving as a polling station in the East Wickham by-election. Two things struck me as unusual. First, people were coming out to vote briskly at a time when normally turnout is sluggish, especially in mid January. But second, and much more disconcerting, was how determinedly charming the three (sic) BNP tellers standing with me were. This is the new style BNP — at least, that is the image they wish to give. Party leader Nick Griffin has masterminded this transformation and was in the ward earlier this week, encouraging the troops. The net result of all this, I was informed sadly at 2330, was that the BNP had won, seizing a ward that was Liberal Democrat not so long ago. But a recount has instead delivered a final, confirmed Tory majority of 8 votes! I don’t normally drink to a Conservative win, but my whisky glass is by my side.