Rev. Robert West, a former district councillor, was named as the party's prospective parliamentary candidate at a meeting of its North Kesteven branch which also saw Scopwick and Kirkby Green parish councillor Mike Clayton put forward as a candidate for the Sleaford and North Hykeham seat set to be vacated by retiring Douglas Hogg MP, Conservative.
The Lincolnshire Echo reports that Rev. West said he anticipated support from residents disillusioned by the current state of the country.
"There is so much wrong with Britain, and I think Lincoln is right in with the rest of the country in having concerns about family values, the lack of discipline in schools and the massive rise in crime – which is partly to do with immigration, but more a collapse in values in this country. I think the Bishop of Lincoln is a character who needs to be challenged to stand up for Christianity more because he's not doing enough."Rev. West was ordained into the small Pentacostal sect the Apostolic Church more than three decades ago, and the paper reports, says he now has little to do with the ministry, but still practises christenings and marriage blessings. Lincoln is not his first attempt at gaining a parliamentary seat – the Holbeach resident last year received 2.7% of the vote in the Norwich North by-election.
"I know I'm not walking distance from the Cathedral, but I've visited Lincoln quite frequently as it's only an hour away – I'm not a foreigner."The Lincolnshire Echo also report that Architect Cllr. Clayton said he was hopeful of garnering support from locals to go with, what he claimed was, a doubling of party membership in Lincolnshire in recent times.
"And I've seen a lot of support in Sleaford and North Hykeham. We are not just a protest vote."But the candidacies have been met with apprehension by some of the city's minority groups.
Miss Una Thomas, of the Lincoln Afro Caribbean Society, said she couldn't understand why a political party like the British National Party existed, let alone why they would want to stand in such a diverse county.
"Why do they think they can win? "With them here, it could bring turmoil. Why can't they leave us to live in peace?"The paper quotes Ms Merron as saying:
"In last year's local elections, people in Lincoln resoundingly rejected the BNP's policies of hatred and racism – with their candidates coming last in every ward that they stood."The declared candidates for the Lincoln Constituency at 2010 General Election are:
Mr. Ernest Coleman, English Democrat.
Mr. Karl McCartney, Conservative.
Ms Gillian Merron MP, Labour.
Cllr. Reg Shore, Liberal Democrat.
Mr. Nick Smith, United Kingdom Independence Party.
Rev. Robert West, British National Party.