Plans by the British National Party to field a candidate in Hackney's mayoral elections in May have sparked anger from the borough's current incumbent as well as anti race-hate campaigners.
The far-right party has said it intends putting up candidates in mayoral elections in the three London boroughs of Hackney, Newham and Lewisham
Jules Pipe, who is hoping to be re-elected for a third four-year term in Hackney, said the borough was renowned for how well its diverse ethnic communities got on, which was why, with no tensions to prey on, the BNP hadn't contested Hackney for many years.
"Residents would overwhelmingly see through their pretence at respectability and reject their racism at the ballot box," he added.
Terry Fitzpatrick, an independent researcher and campaigner on the far right, who lives in South Hackney, questioned whether the party would have the funds to pay the £500 deposits needed to run for mayor.
"The BNP has also made wild claims of standing 300 candidates for Parliament in the general wlection, but the party is technically bankrupt," he said.