Far right councillors are wiped out in Barking and Dagenham; more losses nationally.
Results from the local elections are starting to come in and it looks like the British National Party has suffered catastrophic losses, to accompany the failure of party leader Nick Griffin's bid for a Westminster seat.
In Barking and Dagenham, where the BNP was previously the second largest party, all 12 of its councillors have lost their seats. That includes ex-group leader Bob Bailey, who was filmed fighting in the street two days ago, and Richard Barnbrook, who was suspended from the council last year for making false claims about murders in the borough.
It is a crushing defeat for the far right party, which many feared would take full control of the council on 6 May. However, a concerted effort by anti-fascist campaigners ensured a high turnout and voters overwhelmingly backed Labour candidates on the day.
Elsewhere in the country, prominent BNP councillor Chris Beverley lost his seat on Leeds City council and the party has lost councillors in Stoke-on-Trent, which Griffin once described as the "jewel in the crown" of the BNP.
The defeat is likely to intensify the internal conflicts that have beset the party in recent months. Far right activists, commenting on the white power Stormfront internet forum, have already criticised Griffin's election strategy and called for him to go.
Source: New Statesman