A jubilant Labour Party has tightened its grip on Bradford City Council after last week’s local elections. After winning a seat in Queensbury from the Conservatives, Labour took its total on the Council to 52 seats, 6 more than it needed for a majority.
With issues such as Johnson’s lawbreaking and Starmer’s Beergate during lockdown dominating the tabloid newspapers, the cost-of-living crisis seems to have taken a back-seat over how people would vote last Thursday.
In the so-called ‘Red Wall’ seats in Labour’s former northern heartlands, the party is either struggling or losing support. A one-point advance in Labour’s vote share in London was accompanied by a three-point fall in the north of England.
What is of interest to us is the make-up of the celebrating Labour Party members (including Bradford West MP Naz Shah) photographed outside of the Sedbergh Leisure Centre after the election count.
The only racial Nationalist candidate to stand for election in Bradford was Dr Jim Lewthwaite of the British Democrats. He stood for the Wyke ward, coming third with 214 votes (7.1%).
Results in London show that Labour’s support from London’s ethnic and religious minorities can not be taken for granted. In Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman’s Aspire Party gained 24 seats as it wrested control of Tower Hamlets from Labour. Rahman was removed as mayor of Tower Hamlets back in 2015, after he was found guilty of electoral fraud in the 2014 mayoral election.
The Great Replacement is happening before our eyes and anyone who argues differently is a liar.
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