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Far-right RIBA hopeful Phillips stands again - this time for the BNP

Controversial former RIBA presidential candidate Peter Phillips is standing for election again - this time as a local election candidate for the BNP.

Phillips, who was exposed as a BNP member early in the RIBA election last year, causing a media storm, is standing as a potential councillor for the Merstham ward, part of Reigate and Banstead council in Surrey.

He previously stood for the BNP for that ward in May 2003, coming third out of four candidates.

Small-practitioner Phillips came third in the RIBA election, behind Valerie Owen and eventual winner Sunand Prasad.

His involvement in the RIBA election led to a huge number of protests from the architectural community after his far-right views became known, with groups such as Architects Against Fascism speaking out against him.

Phillips outlined his local election manifesto to the AJ - claiming that immigration is to blame for the current housing shortage, and going on to say that 'immigration is out of control'.

by Clive Walker

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