Via Ross Robertson's report in the Sunderland Echo:
'THE British National Party appears to have been bowled out on Wearside after failing to field a single candidate in this year’s council elections.
In the past, the right-wing extremist party made Sunderland a key target, with previous elections having seen them stand candidates in every city ward.
But in the list of candidates for this year’s local elections, the party was conspicuous by its absence.
“I think it is a very good thing for the city,” said Sunderland Council leader Paul Watson.
“The BNP were rejected in 2004 and have been rejected ever since. I think it shows how astute the people of Sunderland are.”
Tory leader Tony Morrissey said the BNP had nothing to offer, and Independent leader Colin Wakefield said while there may be issues to tackle with immigration, the BNP’s way was certainly not the answer.
Lib Dem leader Paul Dixon added: “The BNP are not needed, not supported and not wanted in Sunderland.”
No one from the BNP was available for comment. The Echo understands North East organiser Ken Booth was sacked last year.'
Also see: BNP disappearance act