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WE'LL BEAT BNP; MSPs in Scots election pledge.

Byline: SIOBHAN MCFADYEN

THE British National Party will be "run out of town" if they stand in the upcoming Scottish elections - according to a senior cabinet minister.

The far-right party is tipped to provoke a storm by putting a candidate up in the East Kilbride area for the Scottish Parliament elections.

But East Kilbride MSP Andy Kerr yesterday launched a scathing attack on the party, calling them 'neo-Nazis'.

BNP insiders claim a candidate will stand in the East Kilbride and Strathaven area and elsewhere, including Kilmarnock.

Kerr, who is also Finance Minister, is outraged at the right- wing group's plans.

He said: "I am under no doubt people will run the BNP out of town. I have campaigned for years against these people. They are neo-Nazis and knowing the people in the constituency, it is unlikely the BNP will be successful."

The news of the Scottish campaign comes after they recently won a record fifth council seat in the north of England.

SNP MSP Linda Fabiani who lives in the Strathaven area, also moved to denounce the BNP.

She said: "John Swinney made a commitment that we would not share platform with any party who would entice racial hatred.

"Jack McConnell agreed with that stance as did David McLetchie."

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Date:Feb 3, 2003
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