Post by Zardoz on May 16, 2018 8:10:22 GMT
When analysing where the BNP vote came from in my own ward (Burmantofts and Richmond Hill) and in Temple Newsam ward - using box counts - I found that the highest BNP vote tended to be in the areas with the least ethnic minority residents. The only exception to this was a polling district that had a significant Polish population. The BNP seemed to draw from both former Labour voters and former Tory voters. The strongest PD for them (about 60% of the vote) was a predominantly white working class inter-war council estate box - and they did well in all of the neighbouring pd's too (Osmondthorpe/Halton Moor area). They also got a lot of support in 'semi-land' - such as the Dunhills/Whitebridges and Templegates. Generally, BNP voters were very reluctant to reveal themselves - this reluctance increased with how Tory and area was perceived to be - I assume it was mainly ex-Tory voters refusing to admit that they were BNP. Experienced canvassers in the TN by-election were coming back with large numbers of 'not committed' voters - an almost unheard of phenomenon. This is where the BNP voters were!