BNP leader Nick Griffin to take on Margaret Hodge in Barking

Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National party, is to stand at the next general election in Barking, the east London constituency which has previously shown a relatively strong level of support for his far-right organisation.

Following the end of the BNP’s annual conference in Hindley Green, Wigan, Griffin – who last month boosted his profile with an appearance on BBC1’s Question Time – said he would stand against Labour MP Margaret Hodge and his party would fight more than 200 seats. The BNP were “really serious challengers” in about half a dozen of these, he claimed.

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