- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 4, 2002

BURNLEY, England The anger that once exploded into riots in this ramshackle northern English town made itself felt again this week, more quietly but with equal power.
Voters put three anti-immigration candidates from the British National Party (BNP) on the City Council, prompting outrage in the political mainstream and fear among many foreign-born residents.
"A stain on the town," proclaimed the local Lancashire Evening Telegraph.
"Good luck to them," said Geoffrey Haworth, a BNP supporter.
David John Edwards, Carol Hughes and Terence Grogan took three of the Burnley Council's 45 seats, the right-wing party's first electoral victories in nearly a decade.
They were the only successful candidates among 68 the BNP ran in local elections throughout England on Thursday. The Labor Party easily retained control of the council in Burnley, a town of about 90,000.
The small BNP victory less than two weeks after an impressive showing in France by right-wing candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen came amid balloting for almost 6,000 seats on 174 English town councils.
The elections, which were followed as a barometer of public opinion but had no significance for national government, went well for Prime Minister Tony Blair's Labor Party, which had feared public disenchantment over rising crime and failing services. Labor had some modest losses, and the mainstream opposition Conservatives made modest gains, but not enough to signify that the Tories were making a comeback as a credible threat to Labor.
The BNP concentrated heavily on Burnley and a handful of similarly rundown former milltowns where unemployment and racial tensions run high.
Party leader Nick Griffin lauded the victories as a major step forward, saying they marked the beginning of a right-wing resurgence.
"It's a tremendous breakthrough," he said after Mr. Grogan's win was announced. Mr. Griffin predicted "an explosion of growth, new membership, new branches and particularly come [elections] next May, hundreds of winnable seats."

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