Croydon BNP candidate leaves offensive messages on web
9:40am Thursday 9th July 2009 in Croydon
A British National Party candidate who claims she is not racist left discriminatory comments on a social networking site, the Croydon Guardian can reveal.
Charlotte Lewis, who stood as a BNP candidate in the recent Waddon byelection, left the disasteful comments on stories relating to ethnic minorities.
On the website Digg.com Miss Lewis wrote “Bloody Pakis” beneath a story entitled New shock figures reveal how UK student visa scheme is abuse.
On another story headlined Schoolboy’s killers facing life she wrote, “No surprise that they’re black........”
Her actions were condemned by Croydon Council’s Labour leader Tony Newman who said: “With general and local elections looming we are starting to see the real face of the BNP and the nasty individuals involved with them.
"I hope people think long and hard before they consider putting a cross against their name.”
People’s Party candidate Mark Samuel, who stood against Miss Lewis, said: “The party is banging a drum but are beating themselves to death with it.
“I don’t care what a person’s past is but if they are standing they have to be able to represent everyone not just their own views.
"I find the BNP to be offensive and I don’t like the way they treat other people.”
Miss Lewis, who served a prison sentence after sending death threats to a drugs company involved in animal testing, defended her comments.
Miss Lewis said: “I am not a racist, I am a racial survivalist and anyone who calls me a racist is a genocideist (sic).
"I think you have your priorities all wrong.”