THE BRITISH National Party candidate who suffered a crushing defeat in the Cranbrook by-election slated his party's leadership.Anthony Young, of Belgrave Road, Ilford, said he couldn't understand why he was put forward as a candidate after Cranbrook ward attracted the lowest number of BNP votes among Redbridge's 21 wards in the May 1 elections.Speaking before the polls opened, he said: "If you were to ask me why we bothered to fight this time round I would have to reply that trying to understand what my party's leadership is thinking is like trying to read the mind of God."Simon Derby, deputy leader of the BNP, said: "I have no idea why he said that. "He shouldn't really be coming up with statements like that. He wasn't pushed into standing."I would suggest that he won't be standing again." Mr Young refused to speak to the Recorder over the phone following the Cranbrook by-election, in which the BNP polled just 37 votes.
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