“The Parliamentary class is already loathed and regarded with contempt by the voters,” said BNP candidate in the Bognor Regis and Littlehampton constituency, Andrew Moffat.
“First there was the MPs’ expenses scandal. Now, they refuse to subject themselves to the scrutiny of their own voters and debate the real issues in open forum,” Mr Moffat said.
“This is an outrage of unprecedented disrespect and demonstrates disgraceful manners against the organisers,” he said.
“It is quite clear they were not prepared to discuss mass immigration and the imposition of the multicultural society, the Iraq and Afghan wars, or the EU, all in respect of which there has been no democratic consent or consultation whatsoever.
“I further suspect that local MP Nick Gibb did not want to have his parliamentary expenses scrutinised by his voters and I had hoped to raise this. That provided an added incentive for him to run away.
“Clearly, there is no difference between the Lab/Lib/Con on the major issues. They are all the same and all to blame,” Mr Moffat said.
“If they had an issue, they should have debated it in open forum instead of running away. That is the democratic way of doing things. These pompous candidates have shown unprecedented contempt for their own voters.
The meeting went ahead with the three remaining candidates and there was much constructive debate and questioning.
The organisers of CiViC condemned the three absent candidates to much applause. At the end of the evening, a vote was taken to issue a formal rebuke to each of the candidates and, but for two exceptions, was supported by all present.