Fewer than 30 attend BNP’s shabby charade on Central Parade

It seems that the widespread support being claimed by the bigots of the BNP for a campaign they are running in New Addington is as non-existent as the plans to build a mosque on which it is based.

BNP rosetteFewer than 30 people turned up yesterday on Central Parade to attend the meeting, despite a month’s worth of hard campaigning and leafleting organised by local British National Party activist John Clarke.

“The more locals we have at this meeting, the better, as a good turnout will speak volumes,” a BNP website had stated before the event.

By that measure, therefore, such a pitiful turn-out suggests that the people of Croydon and New Addington have already seen through Clarke and his mates’ shabby charade.

At the ballot box in May, when he stood as a BNP candidate in the local elections, Clarke managed to attract just 210 votes. He has since been under police investigation for failing to properly account for his election expenses.

The democratic outcome at the May elections somewhat contradicts the BNP’s own publicity, which has claimed to have collected more than 1,000 signatures on a petition conducted around New Addington in recent weeks.

Labour councillors in Fieldway and New Addington wards have joined together with Tory London Assembly Member Steve O’Connell and local MP Gavin Barwell, to condemn the BNP-backed divisive campaign and the planned meeting.

Despite the claims by the BNP, there are no applications or plans to build a mosque in New Addington.

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