June 23, 2009

BNP to stand in by-election

The controversial British National Party has confirmed that one of its members will bid to become the next Norwich North MP.

Robert West, founder of the Christian Council of Britain and who describes himself as a “reverend” on the BNP website, will officially stand to replace Ian Gibson.

He was the lead candidate for the BNP, which has been condemned for its extreme views, in the East Midlands but did not gain enough votes to win a seat in the European Parliament last month.

Today, MPs and councillors hit out at the party and said their extremism was not welcome.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said: “I want voters to reject extremism and if anyone stands for the BNP they should be rejected. They are a racist party and are preying on vulnerable people.

“I believe in treating people equally and this party does not share this view.”

Tim East, a South Norfolk councillor for Costessey, said: “Before anyone has a chance of being elected we need to know their full background. There should be complete transparency into people's pasts before the public can make a valued judgement.”

Mr West caused controversy on BBC1 in February when he said the answer to the recession was for women to “work at home” and he is against all forms of multi-culturalism.

And the 53-year-old, who lives near Spalding in south Lincolnshire, said today: “We are taking a strong anti-immigration line. And we are against the issue of sovereignty to the European community. I believe multi-culturalism is unnecessary and evil.

“I want the people of Norwich to follow this line and realise we have not been tough enough on immigration. I do not want anywhere in this country turning into the Middle East.

“This is Britain and I will fight to keep it that way.”

Mr West said although he does not live in the city he believes he can represent people here because he comes from a “rural community” which is similar to Norfolk and he has lectured for the University of East Anglia (UEA).

He admitted to possessing old fashioned views but said he wants to tell people in Norwich the truth about what he represents and “not a pack of lies”.

He said he believes the market has been flooded with women working and it would be “better if they stayed at home”.

“The domestic sphere is a natural place for a woman to be,” he said. “I honestly think it is woman's right to be at home. Women should get married and their first priority should be the home.

“Recently the home has been abandoned and this modern way does not work. I think many women agree with this, even though they are working themselves.

“This is my view and I hope to get the people of Norwich to listen to this.”

Mr West is one of several candidates poised to try and take the Norwich North seat, which belonged to Ian Gibson before he was forced to step down in the face of the Westminster expenses scandal.

Dr Gibson quit after he was deselected by the Labour Party for claiming for a flat which his daughter and her boyfriend lived in rent free before he sold it to them at a reduced rate.

The BNP failed to win seven Norfolk seats in the county council elections earlier this month, including Sprowston.

Norwich Evening News


KO said...

It shouldn't be too difficult to beat that idiot, given that he's a) insane, and b) a fraudulent vicar.

Kev Scott loves The Jam said...

......And c) a lush

Anonymous said...

Please do add to the BNP's list of credentials along with racist, homophobic etc, sexist! I have never heard such rubbish about what role a woman should fill. This is so indicative of men who have a serious inferiority complex. They look for sycophantic, incredibly stupid women whom they can completely dominate and control. There is no better way to ensure domination of someone than to make them economically and emotionally dependant on you. This seems to be the “woman of choice” of the BNP chauvinistic men. I hope all the women voters take note of this – they would have you all bare foot and pregnant in the kitchen (and don’t forget their attitude about rape – just sex and you should enjoy it! As well as the fact that they have a serious reputation for beating women folk who “get out of line” – that is voice an opinion or an objection)

iliacus said...

I just hope that somebody in the media will finally, finally get to the bottom of this berk's "Reverend" [non-]status.

p.s. Only 8 days to the BNP accounts ...... perhaps

westiefailure said...

West is a would-be cult leader who thinks he's god, and Nick griffin plays along with him for laughs.