Griffin is confronted by Searchlight editor Nick Lowles at the B and D countA mixture of elation and disbelief erupted at the council election count on Friday
Elation at a historic clean sweep as Labour gained total control back of the council with all 51 seats being won by their candidates, and disbelief the electorate had voted out the 12 British National Party councillors elected four years ago. Conservatives Terry Justice and Neil Connolly were also casualties. The count took place at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre on Friday.
An indication of the borough's mood was with the two MPs, Jon Cruddas and Margaret Hodge being returned, but no one was prepared for the absolute rejection of the BNP councillors. None of the former councillors were seen or prepared to comment after the last results came through on Friday.
Education Cabinet member, Cllr Rocky Gill, said: "This is an absolutely amazing set of results. We have absolutely destroyed the BNP, we've wiped them out for good in Barking and Dagenham."
Margaret Hodge, who came out of the election with a massive 16,555 majority, gave a passionate speech after she was declared MP for Barking for another term by the council's chief executive, Rob Whiteman. She said: "Our voters faced a stark choice and they have overwhelmingly chosen democratic politics built on tolerance, fairness and decency, not politics built on hate. The message from Barking and Dagenham is clear: get out and stay out. You are not wanted and your vile politics have no place in British democracy. Pack your bags and go."
Nick Griffin was equally vocal about the result. He said: "I would like to thank the 6,620 people who voted for me who do not want to put up with the tirade of hatred against British people anymore. This was Barking's last chance."
Jon Cruddas, who had been MP for Dagenham since 2001, won with a majority of 2,630 over the Conservatives' Simon Jones. In his victory speech, he said: "I simply want to say that I find the work carried out by the Dagenham Labour Party extraordinary over the last few years. I also want to congratulate the Barking Labour Party for a fantastic total result and all the other candidates in this election. I look forward to being an MP for the constituents in Dagenham and Rainham."
A high spot of the night was when the assembled candidates burst into a rendition of the famous 'Dad's Army' theme song but with lyrics of 'Who do you think you are kidding Mr Griffin'.
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