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BNP and UKIP hope for first seats

Peter Adams [left] of UKIP and Gary Raikes of BNP
Peter Adams [left] of UKIP and Gary Raikes of BNP

Two parties who have entered the Westminster election race in the hope of winning their first seats are the British National Party and the UK Independence Party.

Central to both organisations is the notion of being British, however that has often led to the BNP being accused of racism and UKIP being accused of being anti-European.

Gary Raikes of BNP and Peter Adams of UKIP spoke to BBC journalist Joanne Macaulay about their respective party's policies and beliefs.

Mr Raikes emphasised the BNP's strong stance over immigration.

He said illegal immigration needed to be stopped. He also insisted that if it had not been for the BNP then the issues of immigration would not have made it onto the political agenda.

Mr Raikes rejected the accusations of racism saying it was a simple term of abuse used to stop voters from supporting the party.

He welcomed recent moves to expand membership of the BNP and pointed to recent black, Chinese and Sikh recruits.

UKIP already has 12 MEPS, but so far no MPs and Mr Adams, who is a candidate for the party on 6 May, hopes that will change.

He said he was unhappy that most of the decisions governing the UK were made in Brussels and Westminster was not figuring in the final decisions.

Mr Adams said: "Europe is not being run by democracy, it is being run by bureaucrats and commissioners."

He believes that the Europe today is far removed from the original intention of a common market - a trading union and not a political union.

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