In a Borough Council by-election in Thurmaston, Leicestershire on 31st July 2014 British Democrat candidate Chris Canham gained 94 votes, half as many again as the 58 votes received by BNP candidate Steve Denham. This marks the first time that the fledgling British Democratic Party has beaten the long established British National Party in a head to head election contest.
Thurmaston Ward had been a firm Conservative stronghold with all three of its Borough Councillors being Tory. But with the help of a mood of disillusionment against the party in government, plus a large ethnic population to appeal to and a Hope Not Hate leaflet directed against the BNP and a second one against UKIP, Labour achieved a substantial majority to win the seat. UKIP are popular at present as a seemingly safe and respectable protest vote and they beat the conservatives into third place.
The full election results were:
Labour 783 votes (42.7%)
UKIP 496 votes (27.0%)
Conservatives 404votes (22.0%)
British Democrats 94 votes (5.1%)
British National Party 58 votes ((3.1%)