The British National Party which won its first local authority seat in a by-election at Tower Hamlets in September ...
The British National Party which won its first local authority seat in a by-election at Tower Hamlets in September will contest eight seats in the east London borough in next month's council elections, the Financial Times reports (page 6).
Tower Hamlets has the most decentralised structure of any local authority in Britain - it is divided in to seven largely autonomous neighbourhoods. BNP candidates are concentrated in two of the seven, the Isles of Dogs and Globe Town. The party's September success was in the Isle of Dogs.
The paper says the divisions and recriminations in the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, which hold all the other seats, are illustrated in yesterday's nominations. James Hunt, the Labour by-election candidate who resigned from the party after losing his seat to the BNP is standing as an independent in the Isle of Dogs. Jeremy Shaw, who resigned from the Lib Dems after an inquiry into racist leaflets, is one of several independent Liberals standing against official Lib Dem candidates.