A Conservative election candidate who has been suspended by his party has said he did not seek a "fake" English Defence League march to win votes.

The Mail on Sunday reported Afzal Amin plotted to persuade the EDL to announce a march in Dudley North and then to scrap it to allow him to take credit.

He told the BBC his idea would have been a "catalyst to bring people together" and denied a "deception".

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