THE far right British National Party failed to gain a foothold in Crewe despite putting forward three candidates for the town in the county council election.
It campaigned to win the Crewe North, South and East seats, promising in a policy statement to stamp out anti-social behaviour, promote school discipline and generate industrial growth.
Although the BNP trailed well behind in each area, campaign leader Ralph Ellis tried to put a positive spin on the result.
He said: 'It's reasonable considering we led such a minim-alistic campaign, costing us only £20 for newspapers we handed out in the town centre.
'It establishes us as a force in Crewe, and shows we can field votes with very little canvassing. We'll be back for the next elections.'
There were mutterings of dis-content as the results were announced for the BNP at Friday's count in Nantwich Civic Hall, but cheers for Labour's Dorothy Flude who won back the Crewe South seat for her party.
In a surprise result she uprooted the sitting councillor, Liberal Democrat David Cannon, with 2,673 votes to his 2,075.
The seat became his in a byelection last year, staged following the death of long-serving Labour councillor Jeff Minshall, of Gainsborough Road, Crewe.
Mrs Flude says she will be pushing for economic development generating new jobs in Crewe, a waste disposal plan that reduces the rubbish mountain and a transport strategy easing congestion.
Away to celebrate the VE Day anniversary in Guernsey, Mrs Flude was not there to see her victory. Instead, her agent Bob Jones said: 'We phoned her and she is absolutely over the moon. She was born in Crewe, loves the town and will be a great asset to it on the county council.'
Conservatives were also patting themselves on the back.
Margaret Simon, who became the Conservative councillor for Rope, said: 'Many thanks to the residents of Rope Division, which is made up of Rope, Shavington, Willaston and Wistaston, who put their trust in me.
'It was an excellent turnout in Rope, just over 70%, and the Conservative majority has increased considerably from 335 in 2001 to 982 this time.
'The major concerns of people living in the Rope Division are those which are traffic-related and problems with youths. I will be making it a priority to liaise with county officers and with the police regarding these matters.'