by Kevin Stafford
Wyke is one of thirty wards making up Bradford District Council. Councillors are elected for a four year term and elections are staggered with a third of councillors up for election at any one time.
Bradford District Council is a Labour stronghold and Labour is the controlling party. Not surprisingly Labour won the 2015 election in Wyke ward with 41.9% of the total vote, although down 10.8% on their previous result, followed by UKIP with 27.2%, standing for the first time in the ward. Conservatives came third with 23.0%, down 5.6% on their previous result. They were followed by distant also-rans: Greens 3.1%, Lib Dems 3.0%, Independent 0.9% and British Democrats 0.6%.
UKIP was clearly riding the crest of a wave in 2015, with a high national profile and appealing to those voters who sought a change from the two main Labour and Tory parties and didn’t care for the effete Greens or Lib Dems. Unfortunately, British Democrats did not appeal much to voters either. We clearly still have work to do to crack the formula for attracting voters in sufficient numbers to our patriotic message.
This time our leaflets have been written by veteran nationalist and Deputy Chairman Andrew Brons and designed by equally experienced member Tony Avery. Two leaflets were distributed last weekend, both featuring a forceful anti-immigration message. This is a topic which needs discussing, but whether it is an electorally successful approach remains to be seen. This time British Democrats are standing against the usual gang of Labour, Conservative and Lib Dems, along with UKIP and Greens and, for the first time, a candidate from the Democrats and Veterans Party.