BNP seeks to re-register with Electoral Commission for May polls

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The beleaguered British National Party (BNP) is seeking permission to field candidates at May's elections, after being struck off the register of recognised parties by the Electoral Commission.

The far-right outfit - which was removed by the watchdog for failing to submit the required annual notification and £25 fee - has applied to be restored to the list of approved parties.

Its list of official party "statements" - descriptions which can appear on some ballot papers - have been published on the Commission's website for comment until February 8 after which the Commission will consider the application.

They include "Because the English have rights too".

The BNP- which in 2009 had more than 50 council seats and two MEPs - has been in steep decline for several years and fielded only eight candidates at the 2015 general election, down from 338 in 2010.

It blamed a"clerical error" for the de-registration and insisted it would contest the mayoral election in London, the Greater London Assembly and some local elections once re-registered.