Fresh from being proved a liar, Richard Barnbrook has announced that he intends to contest the Barking constituency in the general election
Barking is a top BNP electoral target. Strangely, however, neither the BNP’s national website nor its London Patriot site, nor even Barnbrook’s own official blog, which has not been updated since May, mention the launch of the Barking and Dagenham councillor’s general election campaign. Barnbrook has splashed out on a billboard in Barking. Next to a picture of him in his trademark brown suit are the words “Barnbrook for Barking”. What is missing is any reference to the BNP, prompting speculation that he thinks his own brand image is better than that of the BNP.
Barnbrook, who is also the BNP’s sole London Assembly member, is currently serving a one-month suspension from Barking and Dagenham council for inventing murders in the borough to whip up concern about crime and gain support for his racist party.
He clearly intends to continue on the same path. The announcement of his candidacy appears on his my.telegraph blog under two pictures of Barnbrook standing in front of the billboard. In one he has pulled his shirt open (underneath the brown suit) to reveal a t-shirt with what appears to be a gun and a knife in a crossed-through red circle.
Under the picture he writes, ridiculously, that people who find themselves in the vicinity of the A406 in Barking in the next week “will be subjected to the unforgettable (!) sight of a giant rotating billboard display of my likeness, which will dominate the landscape, proclaiming 2 of the issues I feel passionate about- Standing up for the Elderly and my Campaign against Knife-Crime.”
Naturally Barnbrook cannot resist another lie with the claim that he has “lived in the constituency for 6 years”. In fact Barnbrook did not move out of his council home in Lewisham, south London, until the end of 2007, despite being elected as a councillor in May 2006. He and his BNP councillor colleague Robert Bailey cheated to qualify to stand in the election by renting a dilapidated flat in the borough just in time to get themselves on the electoral register. Neither of them ever lived in it.
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