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Election: BNP 'expects' to be UK's fourth biggest party

Nick Griffin
The BNP is contesting 326 seats in total

The British National Party "fully expect to push Labour close" in both Barking and Stoke-on-Trent Central.

Stopping short of saying they expect to win either seat, the BNP said the response they had been getting on the doorsteps had been "very encouraging".

The BNP said it expects to be the UK's fourth-largest party by votes cast.

A spokesman for the party said that in the past three weeks their call centre "had received record numbers of enquiries, new members and donations".

He added that "the majority" of the BNP's 326 candidates in the general election were on course to save their deposits.

In the 2005 general election the BNP was the eight biggest party across the UK in terms of votes.

The full list of candidate for Barking is as follows: Dominic Carman, Liberal Democrat; Thomas Darwood, Independent; Christopher David Dowling, Monster Raving Loony Party; Jayne Forbes, Green; Nick Griffin, British National Party; George Hargreaves, Christian Party; Margaret Hodge, Labour; Frank Maloney, UK Independence Party; Simon Marcus, Conservative; Dapo Sijuwola Restoration Party.

The candidates standing in Stoke-on-Trent Central are: Norsheen Bhatti, Conservative; Paul Breeze, Independent; Simon Darby, British National Party; Gary Elsby, Independent; Tristram Hunt, Labour; Carol Lovatt, UK Independence Party; John Redfern, Liberal Democrat; Alby Walker, Independent; Brian Ward, City Independents; Matthew Wright, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition.

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