By Pete Molloy, British National Party candidate, Tudhoe Division
For as long as I can remember, it has always been part of our culture that, when going to a football match, supporters bring Union flags with their team’s name across them.
That has now changed for this year’s FA Vase final between Spennymoor Town and Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 4th May 2013.
According to a rumour being circulated around the County Durham town of Spennymoor, the reason for the banning of our flag in our national stadium is that – yes, you’ve guessed it – the British National Party is trying to use Spennymoor Town’s final to promote itself for the upcoming county council elections on 2nd May.
I was told of this rumour by a person connected to Spennymoor Town F.C.
With the British National Party having a good support base in the town, I feel that this rumour has been maliciously put out to try to discredit our party’s two candidates, with the hope that the electorate will be disgusted and that we will lose support on Election Day.
Spennymoor Town’s ground is in the Tudhoe Division, which is the seat I am contesting, and I am sure that you, like me, probably know who started this nasty rumour.
I wouldn’t dream of trying to manipulate a sporting event for my political gain, as I am of the strong belief that politics and sport should always remain separate.
However, it seems that the local Labour Party have no shame and will use any means to push its anti-British politics on people!
When I made a visit to the Club's shop on Tuesday, 30th April, to see about purchasing a top for the trip to Wembley, I noticed that there were two Labour Party posters, one above the other, in the shop window.
I asked the assistant if the club wanted to remain politically neutral could I place my BNP election leaflet in the shop window? A lady connected to the shop said the Labour posters should not be in the window and were promptly taken down from the window.
As a fan of football I wish Spennymoor Town F.C. every success in the F.A. Vase final, but as a politician, lets keep politics out of sport.