BNP bomb out in South Tyneside

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THE far-right British National Party (BNP) is not putting forward any candidates at May’s Local Elections.

The party has targeted several ward seats in the borough over recent years, but it isn’t throwing its hat into the ring this time round.

At 2012’s local elections, it contested eight of the 18 South Tyneside Council ward seats up for grabs.

However, the rise of divergent political forces, notably the Greens and the UK Independence Party, has led to their chances of attracting votes diminishing.

That reflects the changing political face of South Tyneside, along with the Lib Dems not putting up any candidates either and the demise of the borough’s progressive group.

the hunt for votes in the borough at next month’s elections is set to be very much a family affair.

Coun Jeff Milburn is currently the only Conservative representative in the council chamber.

But he’s hoping to be joined in his Cleadon and East Boldon ward by his wife, Fiona, who is aiming to defeat sitting Labour representative Joan Atkinson.

Also contesting council wards are the couple’s son James, fighting for a Fellgate and Hedworth seat in Jarrow for the Tories, and their daughter Amy-Jane, hoping to secure a Hebburn North seat on Thursday, May 7.

Elsewhere, the sister of borough council leader Iain Malcolm, Susan Traynor, is contesting the Cleadon Park ward for Labour.