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Former Stoke-on-Trent BNP man criticises party

Alby Walker
Alby Walker has criticised his old party

A former leader of the British National Party (BNP) in Stoke-on-Trent has criticised his old party as he prepares to fight it in the general election.

Alby Walker said "there's a vein of Holocaust denying within the BNP".

Mr Walker will stand as an independent parliamentary candidate in Stoke-on-Trent Central and face the BNP's national deputy leader, Simon Darby.

Mr Darby said the chances of Mr Walker becoming an independent MP for Stoke-on-Trent "are zero".

Quit in January

Mr Darby said: "It should be obvious to everybody that this is somebody who's a bit disillusioned with the party, as many people within other parties become disillusioned, struck out for themselves and want to become an independent candidate."

Mr Walker told the BBC's Politics Show in the West Midlands: "There's a vein of Holocaust denying within the BNP that I cannot identify myself with.

"They've still got senior members of the BNP who will be candidates in the general election that have Nazi, Nazi-esque sympathies."

Mr Walker had been in the BNP for eight years and was leader of the group of nine BNP councillors on Stoke-on-Trent City Council until he quit in January.

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