Fears about political extremism were raised last year when the governing body of Edensor Technology College in Stoke was targeted by BNP councillors. The far-right party wanted to gain three seats in a bid to prevent the school becoming an academy. Led by party head Nick Griffin (centre), the BNP candidates (front) made their point at Civic Hall as they launched their general election manifesto.
The BNP opposed the plans because it would have led to children of different ethnicities "mixing together". The move was thwarted by Stoke Council's Labour group.