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Exclusive: Tory chair aimed for BNP votes


Baroness Warsi has claimed AV encourages "pandering to extremism"—yet is Warsi guilty of doing the same?

Sayeeda Warsi, the Conservative party chair who recently warned that the alternative vote could lead to politicians “pandering to extremism,” appears to have appealed to BNP voters herself when she was standing for parliament back in 2005.

Campaign material for her bid to become Tory MP for Dewsbury urged BNP votes to switch to the Tory party because the BNP “cannot deliver.” The document, seen by Prospect, was entitled: “Are you thinking of voting BNP? Think again.” It continued: “If you vote BNP you are allowing Labour to creep in with more political correctness and uncontrolled immigration and asylum.” It described the Conservatives as “the only party that can deliver and put you first.”

Baroness Warsi has come under fire in recent days over a series of claims made for the “No” campaign,

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  1. April 27, 2011

    Joe Dean


  2. April 28, 2011

    Alex Ross

    Nice to see it highlighted but this is old, old news.

    This has been doing the rounds for over a year at least, so hardly an exclusive. It was on Political Scrapbook the other week as an aside it’s so old.

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