The British National Party has revealed it has not put forward a parliamentary candidate for Hemel Hempstead because it has ‘no chance of winning’.
A post by the far-right party’s Hemel Hempstead branch to the Gazette and Hemeltoday’s Facebook page said: “It would be a waste of our members and supporters money.
“Let’s be honest elections are all hype and who really believes that the ‘main parties’ will change things for the better?
“We will only fight elections in Hemel Hempstead and Hertfordshire once we get the support to a significant level, we believe in the next few years that we have the opportunity to build a sensible patriotic political party that the locals of Hemel will be proud to be part of.
“The hype of UKIP will disappear and people will start to see that their policies cannot fix broken Britain, we have the passion and we have the guts to do something instead of burying our heads in the sand.”
The BNP has put forward just eight candidates nationally compared to 339 in the 2010 General Election.
We will only fight elections in Hemel Hempstead and Hertfordshire once we get the support to a significant level.BNP, Hemel Hempstead branch
Spokesman for the party Stephen Squire said: “Last time we listed more than the Scottish National Party and the Green Party put together but we weren’t even invited to the debates.
“We just can’t afford to do that especially when we don’t get favourable press and we are excluded from debates.
“It is unlikely you are going to see the BNP investing in that rigged affair.
“We are focusing more on the local elections, rebuilding and Europe and a proportional system - the electoral system has just got to change.
“The protest vote that we got has gone to UKIP today but tomorrow were can get it back.
“UKIP will find out that the first past the post system is no push over - it’s designed for two parties.”
A decade ago the party had candidates for both Hemel Hempstead and the South West Herts constituencies but both gained less than five per cent of the vote, which meant they each lost their £500 deposits. In that election the party lost more than £100,000 in deposits due to a lack of votes.
>For a full list of the parliamentary candidates for this area click here