Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The Tudhoe Division was the target division for County Durham British National Party in this year’s county council elections. We also had a paper candidate, Amanda Molloy, in the Spennymoor Division and the Spennymoor ward of the Parish Town Council.

It was a hard-fought campaign, which started at the end of January 2013, after a couple of weeks off from the Tudhoe ward by-election for the Parish Town Council.

Everyone who took part in the campaign from the North East Region worked hard delivering our leaflets and canvassing, to bring a real choice to the people of Tudhoe.

Team BNP at the Durham County Council election count

This election wasn’t going to be as straightforward as the previous one in 2008. This was due to UKIP putting up a candidate for the first time and the newly established “Spennymoor Independents People Before Politics”. The latter had been formed mainly from councillors who had left the Liberal Democrats last year.

In the County Council election for the Tudhoe Division, Pete Molloy came 4th with 410 votes, beating UKIP, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. In the Tudhoe ward for the Parish Town Council, he managed to receive 228 votes. Pete saw his vote increase by 98 votes in the Tudhoe ward from the 130 he received last January. 

Both of our candidates, Amanda and Pete, are very grateful to the people of Spennymoor and Tudhoe who came out and voted for them, as well as those Party activists who helped out.

Speaking about the election, Pete said: “We fought the best possible campaign we could with the few activists we had, and I am extremely proud and thankful for their efforts.

“The best part of the campaign for me was getting to talk to people on their doorsteps, with many of them commenting that we were the only ones who came out to listen to them.

“Many of the electorate had their opinions changed about the BNP after meeting us face to face and hearing what our policies really are, which were different to the ones they had read in the papers. I didn’t change everyone’s mind, but most of those people still thanked me and shook my hand for taking the time knock on their doors.

“During the campaign I received a letter from a local 84-year-old veteran who had voted for me last January and again in this campaign. He has pledged his continuing support to me as he knows that the BNP makes sense and is angry about what the political elite have done to our country.

“I’d not only like to thank that gentleman, but also everyone else that voted for me.”

The letter Pete received from a local resident

Elsewhere in the North East, Lady Dorothy Brookes contested the South Shields parliamentary by-election, beating the Lib Dems and finishing sixth with 2.9% of the vote.

Sadly, a group of left-wing activists had to sour the mood of the evening by posting a series of bigoted messages on Twitter regarding Lady Brookes’ physical appearance.

Imagine if dozens of BNP members took to the internet to send offensive tweets about a black candidate’s appearance. There would be press outrage and a spate of arrests for “hate speech”. But as usual, white patriots are fair game.

Thanks again to everyone who voted for us.

Lady Dorothy Brookes at the South Shields by-election count

The full results of the elections are below.

Durham County Council elections


Kevin Thompson (Spennymoor Independents) 1034 (Elected)
Ian Geldard (Labour) 950 (Elected)
Patricia Lawton (Labour) 911 (Elected)
Elizabeth Maddison (Spennymoor Independents) 877
Ben Ord (Lib Dem) 872
Colin Nelson (Labour) 868
Amanda Molloy (BNP) (271)
George Smedley (Conservative) 188

Turnout 27.63%


Barbara Graham (Labour) 1024 (Elected)
Neil Foster (Labour) 942 (Elected)
Richard Parker (Spennymoor Independents) 449
Peter Molloy (BNP) 410
Cherry Hudson (UKIP) 302
Christine Sproat (Spennymoor Independents) 261
Richard Coad (Conservative) 121
Edward Rhodes (Lib Dem) 115

Turnout: 32.03%

County Durham town and parish council elections

Spennymoor ward

Alan Clark (Labour) 595 (Elected)
Geoffrey Darkes (Independent) 473   
Ian Harrington (Labour) 534 (Elected)
Jason Jayne (Labour) 494
Andrew Lamb (Independent) 431       
Patricia Lawton (Labour) 532 (Elected)
Elizabeth Maddison (Spennymoor Independents) 602 (Elected)
Jeffrey McGough (Labour) 533 (Elected)
Amanda Molloy (BNP) 185       
Megan Taylor (Labour) 469       
Kathleen Thompson (Spennymoor Independents) 633 (Elected)
Melanie Welsh (Spennymoor Independents) 514   
Elizabeth Wood (Spennymoor Independents) 506 

Turnout: 27.60%

Tudhoe ward

Sarah Armstrong (Labour) 399 (Elected)
John Culine (Labour) 381 (Elected)
Jeffrey Daley (Labour) 386 (Elected)
James Graham (Labour) 422 (Elected)
Peter Molloy (BNP) 228
Richard Parker (Spennymoor Independents) 302
Edward Rhodes 104
Christine Sproat (Spennymoor Independents) 229
Brian Watson (Spennymoor Independents) 199

Turnout: 31.84%

South Shields parliamentary by-election

Emma Lewell-Buck (Labour) 12,493 (50.4%)
Richard Elvin (UKIP) 5,988 (24.2%)
Karen Allen (Conservative) 2,857 (11.5%)
Ahmed Khan (Independent) 1,331 (5.4%)
Phil Brown (Independent Socialist Party) 750 (3.0%)
Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brookes (BNP) 711 (2.9%)
Hugh Annand (Liberal Democrat) 352 (1.4%)
Alan "Howling Laud" Hope (Monster Raving Loony) 197  (0.8%)
Thomas Darwood (Independent) 57 (0.2%)

Turnout: 39.3%

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