Stoke BNP leader quits to fight election as independent

Former BNP group leader councillor Alby Walker has formally quit the party to focus on fighting his election campaigns as an independent candidate.

His departure comes exactly a month after he stunned fellow group members by resigning as leader without warning. The Abbey Green ward member, who led the BNP group since 2006, announced that he planned to stand against the far-right party’s national deputy leader, Simon Darby, for the Stoke-on-Trent Central Parliamentary seat.

The news caused embarrassment for Mr Darby and party chairman Nick Griffin, as it coincided with the national launch of their General Election campaign on Friday at Meir Community Education Centre.

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