Swanley St Mary's Ward Sevenoaks District Council
BNP gain from Labour
BNP 408 (41.8%, +41.8)
Labour 322 (33.0%, -22.3)
Conservative 247 (25.3%, +0.4)
Swing of 32.1% from Labour to BNP since 2007. This is scary news. 32.1% is a massive swing in what was formerly a safe Labour seat.
For all those who talk about and judge people on whether they look different to them this should come as a warning. I love living in Thanet but there is a small undercurrent of racism.
On several occasions when talking about having moved from London to Thanet, it has been suggested to me that the reason I moved was to get away from more multicultural London. This kind of crass assumption is crude but revealing.
The BNP generally do well where Councillors get out of touch with their residents. The best way to tackle them is to work hard. All Thanet councillors should think very carefully about the language they use. With allowances for Councillors about to be increased there is a sizable minority of Thanet councillors who need to look to their consciences about how little work they do.
For superquick by-election results every Friday morning go to my friend Cllr. Luke Akehurst's blog.
Do not go to Sevenoaks District Council who only have this notice of the by-election on their site, no result. Another Tory Council in Kent then that does not want to make the most of new technology to connect with their community.