One of those little electoral pecularities is the parish council of Frankley in Birmingham. For the few years of its existence, it has been made up of local residents who all serve as independents. This year, the BNP thought they'd have a pop at it and put up three candidates from outside Frankley - who all got roundly defeated at the polls.
It was proposed that the three main parties make a stand against the BNP and support the local residents. Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats helped out. The Tories didn't respond at all.