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Candidate resigns over BNP link
A prospective candidate for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has resigned after admitting a "brief attachment" to the British National Party(BNP).

Nicholas Betts-Green, who had been selected to fight the Suffolk Coastal seat, quit after reports in a newspaper that he attended a BNP meeting.

The former teacher confirmed he had attended the meeting but said that was the only contact he had with the group.

Mr Betts-Green resigned after being questioned by the party's leadership.

A UKIP spokesman said Mr Betts-Green's resignation followed disclosures in the East Anglian Daily Times last month about his attendance at a BNP meeting.

"He did once attend a BNP meeting. He did not like what he saw and heard and will take no further part of it," the spokesman added.

A meeting of Suffolk Coastal UKIP members is due to be held next week to discuss a replacement.

Mr Betts-Green, of Woodbridge, Suffolk, has also resigned as UKIP's branch chairman.

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