Jack Ashley

I was very sorry to hear of the death of Jack Ashley the former MP for Stoke South. He was a doughty fighter for the rights of the disabled and a very good constituency MP. I knew him best during the 1970s and 80s when I was active in the Labour Party in Stoke, for a short period between 1985-6 I was Vice Chairman of Stoke South Constituency Labour Party. His campaign on behalf of people effected by the thalidomide drug in the 70s which would be a fine record in its own right but added to that was his work around domestic violence and the need for a refuge for victims of violence later in the decade.

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What Now For The BNP Nationally And In Stoke-on-Trent?

As the dust settles on both the General and Local Elections, the various parties will start analysing their performances and making the changes they need as a result.

Questions are being asked of the party leaders, particularly those who failed to deliver.

Gordon Brown is facing calls from a few of his MPs to step down and the same can be said of the British National Party Leader Nick Griffin.

There are many calls for Griffin to stand down and it is thought that Eddie Butler who is head of the Party’s Election Department could challenge him for the party leadership.

Contributors to a number of far right Internet forums are also questioning Griffin’s leadership. There have also being a number of high profile fall outs within the party in recent times.

First came the spat between Alby Walker and the BNP.

Walker accused Griffin of using the party to make himself rich and famous. He also claimed that there was a vein of holocaust deniers and members who display Nazi-esque sympathies within the party.

Then came the very public falling out between Griffin and Mark Collett, who at the time was the party’s publicity Director.

There was no shortage of publicity when it was revealed that Collett was plotting to overthrow Griffin as leader.

The result was that Collett allegedly threatened to kill Nick Griffin. The Police were called in to investigate the matter.

Finally, just two days before the election, another fall out rocked the BNP.

As a result of a dispute between Nick Griffin and former BNP webmaster Simon Bennett, the latter shut down the Party’s Website, Facebook and Twitter pages. The result was that the party was left with just a single temporary holding page on their home page on Election Day May 6th.

At the BNP’s recent election manifest launch, Nick Griffin was at pains to point out that his party no longer needed the mainstream media as their website had more hits than that of the Labour Party’s, the Conservatives and the Lib Dems put together. Those words must be coming home to roost right now.

Griffin failed to make any impression what so ever through the ballot box in Barking. He finished a distant 3rd behind Labour’s Margaret Hodge, who doubled her vote and Conservative Simon Marcus.

The BNP did increase it’s share of the national vote by 1.83% but failed to deliver the Member of Parliament it claimed was within their grasp.

In Stoke-on-Trent, BNP Deputy Chairman Simon Darby staged a massive campaign. He worked the constituency tirelessly. But his work failed to materialise into votes and he crashed to a humiliating defeat in Stoke Central.

Darby finished 4th behind Tristram Hunt [Labour], John Redfern [Lib Dem] and Conservative Norsheen Bhatti who is of Asian heritage.

The electorate often described as the BNP ‘jewel in the crown’ chose an ‘Asian belly dancer’ as the BNP often refer to her, over the Deputy Chairman of a nationalist party. Surely there can be no greater insult to their policies?

Mike Coleman failed to oust Rob Flello in Stoke South whilst Melanie Baddeley failed to make any impact in Stoke North and managed to go through the entire campaign without giving a media interview on her chances and her party’s core aims and values.

The only time she did engage with the media was in reaction to the news that her husband had been arrested and subsequently charged with possessing cannabis. He is currently on Police bail.

Mike Coleman is keen to get the message out that his party is not defeated and will pick themselves up and work towards the all out elections for Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2011.

But, the BNP will have their work cut out if they are to halt and reverse their apparent decline.

At the local elections they lost 26 councillors across the country including all 12 from Barking and Dagenham.

They now have just 19 councillors in total across the country and are 15 behind the Green Party who have 34.

To put their task of challenging the 3 main parties into context you need to realise that the Conservatives have 3369 councillors, Labour have 2865 and the Lib Dems have 1665 across the country.

We managed to catch up with Stoke BNP Group Leader Mike Coleman earlier today who remains upbeat about his party’s performance and future prospects.

Listen to the Audio Interview below:

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Stoke-on-Trent North Constituency

 

 

CandidatePartyVotesElected
BADDELEY Melanie JaneBNP3196 
FISHER John MalcolmLib7120 
LARGE AndyCon9580 
LOCKE Geoffrey Lewis EdwardUKIP2485 
WALLEY Joan LorraineLab17815Elected

Stoke-on-Trent Central Constituency

 

CandidatePartyVotesElected
BHATTI NorsheenCon6833 
BREEZE Paul DerrickInd959 
DARBY SimonBNP2505 
ELSBY GaryUn399 
HUNT TristramLab12604Elected
LOVATT CarolUKIP1402 
REDFERN John PhillipLib7039 
WALKER AlbyInd295 
WARD BrianCity Ind303 
WRIGHT MattTUSC133 

 

Stoke-on-Trent South Constituency

 

CandidatePartyVotesElected
ALI ZulfiqarLib6323 
BARLOW Mark HarryUKIP1363 
BREEZE MarkInd434 
COLEMAN MichaelBNP3762 
FLELLO RobLab15446Elected
FOLLOWS TerrySIG1208 
RUSHTON James StuartCon11316 

Key:
Lab – Labour Party
Con – Conservative Party
Lib – Liberal Democrates
BNP – British National Party
City Ind – City Independent
Ind – Independent
UKIP – UK Independence Party
TUSC – Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
SIG – Staffordfordshire Independent Group
EFP – England First Party
Un – Unaffiliated

Stoke-on-Trent Central won by Tristram Hunt – Labour

Stoke-on-Trent Central seat was won by Labour Candidate Tristram Hunt. With 12,604 votes.

Hunt was heckled throughout his speech by former Independent Councillor Jenny Holdcroft.

 

 

Full Result:  Stoke-on-Trent Central Constituency

CandidatePartyVotesElected
BHATTI NorsheenCon6833 
BREEZE Paul DerrickInd959 
DARBY SimonBNP2505 
ELSBY GaryUn399 
HUNT TristramLab12604Elected
LOVATT CarolUKIP1402 
REDFERN John PhillipLib7039 
WALKER AlbyInd295 
WARD BrianCity Ind303 
WRIGHT MattTUSC133 

PnP Meet – James Rushton Conservative PPC for Stoke South

Tonight Pitsnpots met James Rushton Conservative PPC for Stoke South. We asked him a range of questions about what he would do for the people of Stoke South should he be elected in May 6th.

Topics covered were jobs, education, the economy, Senior Citizens having to pay for residential care, The changing face of the Conservative Party and James’s vision for the city. you can hear what he had to say by playing the MP3 files below.