WHILE Labour were celebrating victory in Wrexham Wales' newest party was left to lick its wounds.
Forward Wales, the party started by former Wrexham MP and current AM, Dr John Marek (pictured), was pushed into last place by BNP candidate John Walker, who polled almost double the number of his opponent, Janet Williams', vote.
As party leader, Dr Marek said the result was poor for Forward Wales but blamed tactical voting and racism for the result.
'Many Forward Wales supporters will have wanted to get rid of Ian Lucas,' he said. 'They will have tactically voted for the Liberal Democrats who probably had the best chance of beating Mr Lucas.'
He added: 'The swing towards the Liberal Democrats was probably partly down to this. The other problem is the BNP. Their candidacy will have drawn out people who do not usually vote.
'When I canvass during election times, out of every 100 people I speak to in Wrexham two or three are racist and you cannot do anything with them.'
The BNP polled 3% of the votes.
The BNP's John Walker said he was pleased with the result and that it gave his party 'a strong base to work from'.
He added: 'This is a warning to the other parties, they had better get used to us because we will be looking towards the Assembly and local council elections next.'