Will the BNP be standing in Torbays council elections?
Torbay Borough has important 'all-out' council elections coming up in May and as a cursory glance at the local paper will reveal all the parties are moving into pre-election mode.
So far we learn that the Liberals Democrats will probably field a pretty thorough field of candidates in every ward, UKIP are putting up some candidates in some wards and Labour will mount a campaign in a few target wards; all pretty much as usual.
I expect one or two independent candidates to do put in a show but as the mayoral contest and previous by elections have proved they have a mountain to climb and I will be very surprised if any of them win a seat.
But what about the BNP? The last time the elections were fought the BNP had a very patchy record but they did put up a handful of candidates and they did unfortunately win a few votes.
However much the local political activists and politicians oppose each other we are all in the business of trying to improve Torbay; the difference is in how we would prefer to do it. In all but one case I respect the political parties I oppose even if I don't agree with them.
There is just the one exception.
I make no apology for saying that the BNP aren't welcome in Torbay local politics.