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Wickham Market: UKIP turns back on poll candidate over ‘BNP link’

PUBLISHED: 12:20 29 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:41 29 April 2013

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A UKIP candidate in Thursday’s county council elections in Suffolk has been disowned by the party after it discovered he had once been a member of the BNP.

But Alan Ryall will still be on the ballot paper in the Wickham division because the discovery came after the closing date for withdrawals.

Weekend reports looking into UKIP candidates across the country said Mr Ryall had been a member of the BNP for “one or two” years but he said he now felt that party was “too extreme”.

He did not want to discuss his candidacy when our reported visited his home near Wickham Market – although he said he understood it was too late for him to withdraw from the election.

Asked about allegations that he had been a member of the BNP in the past he said he did not want to say any more and went into his home.

UKIP spokesman Stuart Gulleford said the party had a very strict policy on not allowing current or former members of the BNP to become members. “He will not be standing as a UKIP candidate and his membership will be terminated,” he said.

However, he accepted Mr Ryall will be described as the UKIP candidate on the ballot papers because they have already been printed – and many have already been sent out to postal voters.

Mr Gulleford claimed: “Everyone who joins UKIP has to sign a declaration that they are not and never have been a member of the BNP.”

UKIP was stronger on this issue than other parties, he said, and asked: “Do they know that none of their members have ever been a member of the BNP?”

However, Mr Ryall told a national newspaper he had not been asked by UKIP about his lapsed BNP membership.

Mr Gulleford said he would not be giving any advice to voters in the Wickham Division about how they should vote on Thursday following his party’s withdrawal of support for Mr Ryall. “That is a matter for voters’ conscience,” he said.

6 comments

  • Read UKIP's policies, they are far from racist. UKIP have members from all ethnic groups, this is just the three main millionaire pro EU parties panicking at the thought of no longer being able to stick their snouts in the EU trough, at a cost to us of £53 million a day. Vote UKIP.

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    Anx- ian

    Monday, April 29, 2013

  • BuryBoy; Are you satnding as a candidate on any of the divisions in Bury St. Edmunds? If not why not?

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    trytobereasonable

    Monday, April 29, 2013

  • Why presume a UKIP councillor will be any less locally committed than one of the existing LibLabCon ones? And why deny those who do not support any of the three the right to stand for or vote for an alternative. Every political party has to start somewhere? In the 1895 general election, the Independent Labour Party put up 28 candidates but won only 44,325 votes and I'm sure then then ruling Liberals were equally dismissive.

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    davidsuffolk

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

  • The BNP are odious but I will still vote for UKIP as they want tax to be as low as possible,to protect the greenbelt,to crack down on crime and anti-social behaviour,more police on the streets, to cut council executives and managers, not front-line services to control immigration, to giving real decision-making to local communities by local referenda on important issues and to give money for local services, not the EU. Don't let one person deter you on Thursday as UKIP have good local policies!

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    davidsuffolk

    Monday, April 29, 2013

  • I agree with your comment about the BNP, but sadly the strategy of UKIP to flood the elections with anyone who is prepared to stand, even as paper candidates will inevitably lead to such revelations. Surely our communities deserve to be represented by serious, dedicated individuals who understand the local issues. In BSE we've seen little or no activity, nor any indication that UKIP understand the needs of our wards. I firmly believe that this is not the forum to register a protest vote for UKIP, save it for the Euro elections next year, when, if elected UKIP can start to demonstrate their intentions regarding our involvement in Europe. Don't make the mistake of muddling local issues with national issues!

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    BuryBoy

    Monday, April 29, 2013

  • How many Labour MP`s have shown strong support for the SWP and the Communist Party in their pasts? The Dirty Tricks Dept is working overtime against UKIP because it`s actually on the side of the British people, unlike the three main pretenders.

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    Supernova6

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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