February 19, 2010

National Front joins fight for MP's seat

The extreme right-wing National Front is to contest a Parliamentary seat in Stoke-on-Trent

The party has set its sights on Labour MP Mark Fisher's Stoke-on-Trent Central constituency. It will be the first time in more than 30 years that the whites-only organisation has fought a General Election in the city. The last time was in 1979 when it contested the Stoke-on-Trent North seat.

But this time the National Front (NF) faces direct competition from British National Party (BNP) deputy leader Simon Darby. Former Stoke-on-Trent BNP leader Councillor Alby Walker also plans to stand in the constituency as an independent candidate. Other candidates include Conservative Norsheen Bhatti, Liberal Democrat John Redfern and Independent Paul Breeze.

Mr Walker said the NF had asked him to represent them, but that he had rejected the offer. He said: "They contacted me and offered me £1,000 towards my election expenses if I stood for them in Stoke Central. But I'm not interested in party politics any more and I'm certainly not interested in the National Front. They say they are getting a lot of people defecting from the BNP since the party voted to relax its whites-only membership rules. But I'm not worried as I don't think they have the slightest chance of winning."

NF executive member Steve Reynolds confirmed that the party was contesting Stoke Central. He said: "We have got a local man who will be standing for us, but we are not in a position to release his name just yet. Our main platform will be anti-Muslim and anti-immigration.

"We have always had a number of members in the Stoke-on-Trent area and we always get a lot of enquiries and feedback from there, so it's a natural choice for us. We are also getting a lot of disillusioned BNP members and supporters joining us, because they are not happy about the party's new membership rules."

But Mr Darby said he believed fighting a NF candidate will help his and the BNP's campaign. He added: "We're always being accused of being the National Front in disguise, but now people will be able to see that we are two totally different parties with different policies."

Former deputy elected mayor and city councillor Mr Breeze said he was shocked to learn of the NF's bid. The Hanley One Residents' Association chairman said: "It may be a good thing in that I expect it will fragment the far-right vote and prevent either the BNP or the National Front getting in. But it is also drawing attention to Stoke-on-Trent for all the wrong reasons.

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Anonymous said...

So, if all the racists within the BNP who don't like the way the party is letting in ethnics will vote NF and all the locals who weren't racist vote for Walker, that only leaves one question.

Just who is going to vote for Darby?

Anonymous said...

That will split the vote, Darby can kiss good bye to a seat in Parliament? Stoke Central is probably the best seat in Britain for the BNP, even better than Barking. I wonder if the NF will contest any other consistencies against the BNP?

Anonymous said...

I've just seen this on the telly, the full programme is on Sunday, looks like it's all falling apart!

Far Right: BNP 'losing members'


Anonymous said...

The fascist voters will be spoiled for choice - a candidate each!

Ex BNP said...

That's good news, that will stop that odious sh1t Darby from securing his deposit!

Anonymous said...

Eddie Morrison of the NF recently described the BNP as "just another System Party" like UKIP, Tories and Labour, so felt bound by no constraints when it came to competing with them.

Great to see the fascists falling out!

iliacus said...

Darby's 'spin' on this, that it's really good news for the BNP reminds me of former Tory MP Norman St John Stevens who was regularly wheeled on in the 80s to comment on news stories involving the royal family, and always said "this can only strengthen the monarchy".

Charles marries Diana "This can only strengthen the monarchy"

They separate - TCOSTM

They divorce - TCOSTM

She dies ..... etc etc

With Darby any bad news for the BNP is REALLY a triumph.

Or perhaps he's just a prat!

Anonymous said...

never thought I would say this BUT, with reservations, go go National Front.

Why not stand in Barkling and Dagenham too, lol.

Anonymous said...

"But Mr Darby said: "....we are two totally different parties with different policies."

Kinda strange comment by Darby considering loads of NF members are ex-BNP and loads of BNP members (including Darby) are ex-NF!

simon darbys bat phone said...

The only chance 5IMon darby has of winning this seat is if they let all the local tits and robins vote.The people of stoke central arent that daft after what darby did to alby walker who is much respected in stoke by folk from all sides.

Anonymous said...

"Stoke Central is probably the best seat in Britain for the BNP, even better than Barking."


9/2 Barking
20/1 Thurrock
33/1 Stoke Central