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MP hopeful challenges BNP to boxing bout

PUBLISHED: 16:06 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 09:54 12 August 2010

A BOXING manager who is standing as a parliamentary candidate in this year s general election has challenged BNP rival Nick Griffin to a

A BOXING manager who is standing as a parliamentary candidate in this year's general election has challenged BNP rival Nick Griffin to a charity boxing match.

Frank Maloney, from Chislehurst, is standing as a parliamentary candidate in Barking for UKIP and has offered to take his political spat to the boxing ring.

Maloney, who had a minor heart attack last year when he found his protégé Darren Sutherland hanging in his flat, said that the loser of the match should step out of the Westminster race.

He said: "This is a serious offer I am making to Griffin.

"BNP members have made it clear on internet forums that I shouldn't stand in Barking.

"If they don't want me let Griffin beat me out of the general election in a charity boxing match to be staged in the constituency.

"We would both nominate a local charity and the money raised would go to the organisation nominated by the winner.

"The loser of our fight should suffer and be forced to step down from standing at the general election.

"That would leave the winner in a clear race with Margaret Hodge for the seat in the House of Parliament."

Maloney, who unsuccessfully ran against Ken Livingstone for the London Mayoral race five years ago, told reporters: "I wanted to stand here in Chislehurst, which is where I got my best results when I ran for mayor, but they already had a candidate so they asked if I'd be interested in taking on Griffin in Barking and I jumped at it because I detest him, the BNP and everything it stands for."

He added: "Griffin spouts evil, but really is just a laughable figure of fun to any decent minded citizen.

"After watching him squirm on Question Time, I came to the impression he is like a cartoon baddie in a suit.

"If you took race and religious issues out of the BNP's ideology, they would have nothing to say, not that they do anyway."

kate.mead@archant.co.uk

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