A row over a BNP-backed council candidate exploded onto Twitter last night, with Tory MP Louise Bagshawe claiming she couldn’t remember a prominent far-right activist who stood against her in the general election.
The Conservative Party candidate for Shire Lodge ward on Corby Borough Council has been formally nominated by the BNP’s candidate for Corby, Roy Davies, along with another known BNP member and activist Denise Stellars. But despite Davies being one of just three candidates to stand against her in the marginal Northamptonshire seat and refusing to share a platform with him on election night, Louise Bagshawe claimed she couldn’t recall who Davies was:
“I don’t know who he is. couldn’t name him with a gun to my head. I see ‘BNP’ and walk off. They deserve no further attention.”
Can you clarify as a matter of public concern why a Conservative candidate has sought the support of high-proﬁle BNP members? Does this represent a policy or tactical decision by the Conservative Party locally? And if not, will you and your local Association distance yourself from your BNP-backed candidate?
Bagshawe almost certainly had nothing to do with the formalities of council selections — but she did stand in a fiercely fought election against the prominent BNP activist.
Rather than address legitimate questions she claims “I don’t know who he is”.