Alistair Barbour, the BNP’s candidate for Carlisle, has quit the party after becoming disillusioned.
Barbour was on the BNP’s leading lights in Cumbria but yesterday he astonishingly quit saying he is ’sick of defending them.’
Speaking to local journalists in Cumbria Barbour said:
I joined the BNP two years ago and was perhaps a little bit naive.Cumbrian local media say that Barbour, a gas fitter, stood for the BNP in the Penrith West by-election on Eden Council in October and in Currock, Carlisle, at the county council elections in June.
I don’t agree with everything they stand for and I’m sick of defending them.
Barbour has also been a candidate at Carlisle City Council elections in Castle and Upperby. He says he is not a racist and that he disagrees with some BNP policies.
For example, he believes the party was wrong to bar non-whites from joining. He said:
We are where we are in 21st century Britain. You can’t turn the clock back. You need to make the best of what you’ve got.
The BNP should take a long, hard look at themselves and how people see them.
I realise now that you don’t have to belong to a party. You can have your own thoughts.