BNP hopes of a breakthrough dashed as party defeated in target seats

Nick Griffin failed dramatically in his bid to gain a Westminster seat this morning when he suffered a resounding defeat in the British National Party’s East London stronghold.

Margaret Hodge, the Labour incumbent, won by a majority of more than 16,000 to deflect the BNP leader’s challenge in what she described as the most important and moral fight of her life.

In a humiliating defeat, Mr Griffin was relegated to third place in Barking, trailing behind the Conservative candidate Simon Marcus. The BNP’s share of the vote dropped by 2 per cent after an extensive campaign to mobilise voters against the threat of the far right.

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