BNP attempts to re-register as a British political party

The BNP had blamed a 'clerical error' for its de-registration Credit: PA

The British National Party is attempting to re-register as a British political party after it was struck off the list of recognised parties earlier this year.

The far-right group was removed after it failed to submit an annual official notification and a £25 fee to the watchdog The Electoral Commission.

It has now launched an eleventh-hour effort to regain its status in time for the general election.

Party statements have been published on the Commission's website as part of its formal attempt to be reinstated.

The BNP has previously blamed a "clerical error" for the de-registration and insisted it would field candidates for the London mayor race and some local elections once it is reinstated.