BNP councillor elected unopposed in South West

This is a very good argument for always having "Re-Open Nominations" (rather than "None of the Above") as a candidate. Essentially, Corsham Town Council in Wiltshire is made up of people who don't stand on party political platforms, in the main. There is a ward with one councillor and one Michael Simpkins has been elected to that ward; he did not declare that he was a BNP member.

The system of banning party politics in the council chamber means that Simpkins' membership of the BNP. Fortunately, he is only one person elected by chance, but allowing the BNP to get a toe-hold is bad enough.

The full story is on the BBC News website.



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