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Beeb 'not fair' with parties.

A MINOR political party has accused the BBC of allowing voters to 'slip through the cracks in democracy' by not inviting a wider range of parties to televised discussions. The swipe fromNew Party spokesperson Richard Vass comes in the aftermath of last week's Question Time controversy which pushed the broadcaster firmly into the spotlight.

Mr Vass said it was inevitable the British National Party would enjoy a surge in interest following leader Nick Griffin's appearance on the BBC show which Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart described as 'nasty'.

He added: "Programmemakers, even the BBC with its public service remit, continue todiscriminateagainst small political parties in favour of the top three.

"This leaves voters feeling the only choice they have is an extreme one because it is the BNP given airtime and media coverage.

"Small parties need the chance to show they are viable alternatives to the major ones. This will help stop people slipping through the cracks in democracy."
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