They had a pool match on and offered to share their food with us. Several said that they were first time voters and had voted for the British National Party,
The result was as follows: -
|British National Party||186 (21.5%)|
863 votes were counted.
The turnout was 28.75%
There were 100 postal votes of which two were rejected because they had not been filled in. Two votes were rejected because they had voted for more than one candidate.
After the count the Independent candidate was heard to remark that although he had lost he was pleased that he had “saved some votes from the BNP”.
Although nothing was said between the first and second place candidates that I heard I could not help but notice that the Conservative did seem rather pleased that the Labour candidate had won. This seemed strange to me as it was previously a Conservative ward.
I think that we did well to get 21.5% for the first time standing in Atherstone. The other three were very strong candidates.