This comment from Cllr. Steve Jones, the LibDem's former Group Leader who signed the BNP nomination forms was posted on a thread below. I repeat it here without editing;
Cllr Steve Jones replies.Mike Barker should stick to one story he knew about this on the 11.04.07 and decided to keep it quite when they knew it was to hit the press they called a meeting at which was discused the possible outcomes it was stated i could be sacked from the local group this was turned down by all but mike barker i was then asked to resign which i did (i was not sacked ) i was also given the assurance that my council colleagues and the party would continue to support me this has now been withdrawn, it also appears from the lib-dem site and this blog, that this was never there intention i admit i was very foolish in what i did and there was no malice attached and i appologised, as stated i have been suspened by the national party but will continue to campaign to be elected so i can continue the work i have done and wish to carry on for the residents of north road, if re-elected i will have to become an independent councillor but will continue to work hard for all residents in the ward, i am a liberal democrate and have never supported the BNP or it ideals and will never do so but i do believe in giving the local people the choice to vote for whoever they wish this is democracy. I have e-mails to back up the statments that have been made.
I deplore what Cllr. Jones' has done, and I believe he has still to explain properly why he signed the nomination papers. It's clear however, that Darlington LibDems have behaved in a shoddy and cynical manner - pretending at first that they only found out about this yesterday, when in fact they have been sitting on it for over a week, and hoping that no-one would find out.
If Steve Jones (rightly) had to go for signing the nomination papers, then those in authority in Darlington Liberal Democrats should be considering their position too. I've always had a lot of time for Mike Barker, although we are political opponents - c'mon Mike, reconcile these different versions of events.
Not surprisingly. the story is in most of the papers this morning - the front page of the Northern Echo, the Guardian, the Independent and the Times all have coverage. The Echo's Leader Column today is particularly damning.