Police are investigating the British National Party for allegedly running a dirty tricks campaign against a rival candidate.
The Met confirmed it was looking into claims the far-right party had lied in literature about Margaret Hodge, the Labour hopeful in Barking. BNP leader Nick Griffin is challenging the culture minister for the east London seat.
In a newsletter sent to residents, his party claimed Mrs Hodge had financial interests in a proposed new prison for Barking. It also carried a cartoon suggesting she was personally behind a ‘racist’ housing allocation. It also said a member of her staff hung up on an ex-soldier when he called her office.
Mrs Hodge said: ‘This is politics of the worst kind. Griffin creates a big lie, tells it often enough and it hopes it becomes a truth.’
Her lawyers have contacted the BNP over the claims. The BNP denies any wrong-doing. Meanwhile, Charlotte Lewis, a BNP candidate, defended as ‘hilarious’ pictures of her wearing a burka and fishnet stockings at a party.