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The Conservatives will field more candidates in Burnley in May's local ...
The Conservatives will field more candidates in Burnley in May's local

elections, in an effort to prevent the British National Party winning more

seats on the council, BBC Radio Four's Today programme heard this morning.

Tory leader Michael Howard told the programme that he had chosen to make a

speech in Burnley today, 'to confront the British National Party'.

He said: 'I think the BNP are a stain on our democratic way of life. I don't

think we should turn a blind eye to them.'

Mr Howard acknowledged that in the last local elections in Burnley, the

Tories only fielded three candidates. But the party had tried harder to find

prospective councillors, 'and you'll find there'll be many more Conservative

candidates this time round,' he said.

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