Confusion as BNP candidates fail to declare their party

The BNP has candidates in the local elections
The BNP has candidates in the local elections
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TWO British National Party candidates are standing in the local elections tomorrow – and haven’t officially declared their party.

Concerns have been raised by community leaders as Gene Cann and Christopher Gould are recorded on the notice of poll as having no party.

The election notice was made public on April 9 when all the candidates for the county council elections were announced.

But both of them will have the BNP emblem on the ballot papers tomorrow.

Mr Cann, of Magdala Road, Hayling Island, is standing for Hayling, while Mr Gould, of Woodgreen Avenue, Bedhampton, is standing for the Leigh Park and Bedhampton seat. Council officials told The News the box on the nomination forms determining political party had been left blank.

They were not certain whether this was deliberate or a mistake.

Leah Turner, a local borough councillor for Hayling, initially believed Mr Cann was an independent until she discovered he was actually BNP. She said: ‘As a member of the Jewish community I was extremely disturbed to hear that this party were standing for the council elections on Hayling Island.’

Liz Fairhurst, who is standing for the Conservatives in Leigh Park and Bedhampton, was concerned voters could be misled.

She said: ‘I think if you stand for public office and put your name forward for an election, voters have the right to know who you are, what you represent and what your beliefs are.’

A statement from Havant Borough Council, which is co-ordinating the local election in Havant, said: ‘The candidates from the BNP will not have the name of their political party on the ballot paper as they did not include their party name in their nomination papers. However, the BNP emblem will be displayed on the papers as a valid request was received to include it.’

The News attempted to contact Mr Cann and Mr Gould, but neither was available for comment. BNP officials did not return calls.