POLITICS
03/05/2013 12:20 BST | Updated 03/05/2013 12:25 BST

Local Elections: BNP Down To Two Councillors

The British National Party has lost its final county council seat, leaving Nick Griffin's party on just two councillors in the country.

The far-right outfit had gained a foothold in Lancashire in 2009, with the election of Sharon Wilkinson - but she did not stand again and her replacement in Padiham and Burnley West, Paul Robinson, plunged to last place.

In the South Shields by-election, the BNP's candidate, Lady Dorothy MacBeth Brooke, had proved a hit on Twitter because of her fake tan.

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The BNP finished sixth in South Shields

But her performance at the ballot box had less impact, and she finished sixth.

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Griffin was left complaining about electoral fraud after a defeat for his candidate in Cumbria.

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The party still has two borough councillors in England, one each on Charnwood and Pendle councils.