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British Nationalist Party to stand for Keys

The British National Party intend to put forward a candidate for the House Keys election in November

The contraversial party have been in the Island delivering policy leaflets over the last few days.

Leading activist Brian Hunter was one of the 36 strong team looking for potential House of Keys candidates to stand on behalf of the far right group, and attempting to garner support for their controversial policies from local people.

He told Energy FM a benefactor on the Isle of Man named Peter Dawson had helped organise the visit by UK members, after an alleged upsurge of local interest in the party.

Mr Hunter said he had met with resistance from many Manx residents but was welcomed by others.

However, he refused to elaborate on part of the BNP’s 2005 UK election manifesto which states if they ever came to power a Ministry of Finance would be set up with its base on the Isle of Man.

Of late, the BNP has been attempting to distance itself from racist organisations such as the National Front, but their policy on immigration is absolute – they are calling for all further immigration to the UK to be halted and a resettlement scheme for immigrants who are legally resident in Britain to be introduced.

BNP Leader Nick Griffin recently stood trial on race hate charges and is also an outspoken Holocaust denier.

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