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Full list of far-right candidates for the 184 council elections on being held on 3 May 2012
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With the vast majority of councils having published the names of candidates for the 2012 local elections there are currently 143 people standing for the British National Party (BNP), 38 for the National Front (NF), 6 for the British Freedom Party (BFP), 5 for the Democratic Nationalists (DN) and one each for the British People’s Party (BPP) and England First Party (EFP).
We have also included the English Democratic Party (EDP), of which there are 91 candidates. Although a right-wing nationalist party, rather than a traditional far right party, a large number of EDP candidates were formally in the BNP who have only made the switch in the past twelve months and without any public repudiation of their political past.
The number of BNP candidates is substantially lower than in previous years and this reflects the huge internal and financial problems the party is experiencing. There are no BNP candidates in several of their previous strongholds, such as Kirklees, Wakefield, Calderdale, Sunderland and Gateshead. The vast majority of the BNP candidates are in the North West and the West Midlands.
However, the BNP still pose a threat in several council wards, including a number where they are defending seats. These include wards in Burnley, Pendle, Epping Forest, Amber Valley, Rotherham and Nuneaton. It will be in these wards and a few others where the BNP polled well last year, that HOPE not hate will be focusing its campaign.
Burnley is our number one national target outside London and here we have a chance to remove the last BNP councillor from the local council. If we are successful, it will be the first time in ten years that there has been no BNP councillor in Burnley and reflects their decline from a position in 2003 when they were the second largest party on the council.
We are holding a national weekend of action on 14/15 April, delivering a special leaflet to women voters and producing eve of poll and knock-up letters to identified anti-BNP voters.
The BNP also pose a threat in the London elections where they just need 5% to get someone elected onto the London Assembly.
The National Front is standing more candidates than in recent years and this is a consequence of a number of recent recruits of former BNP members. However, none pose a serious risk to winning a seat. The same goes for a scattering of smaller far right parties standing, such as the Democratic Nationalists, the British People’s Party and England First Party.
In addition to the local elections, the BNP is standing for the Mayor of London, Salford and Liverpool. They are also standing candidates for the London Assembly, as are the National Front and the English Democrats.
The election will be held on Thursday 3 May.
We will be reporting on the elections as they progress on the HOPE not hate blog.
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