Carlos Cortiglia is the British National Party (BNP) London Mayoral Elections candidate. The BNP, which is against new immigration to the UK and divulges openly racist views, sees itself represented by Cortiglia, himself an immigrant, who was born in Uruguay of Spanish and Italian ancestry and came to the United Kingdom in 1989. He has previously taken part in a televised abortion debate on RT in his capacity as press secretary and was a list candidate for the party in the assembly elections in 2004. He has worked for the BBC World Service and has been involved in several areas of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including television, radio and Internet via London Radio Service, British Satellite News, APTN and other media.
BNP candidate Mr Cortiglia, who is originally from Uruguay, told the BBC’s Daily Politics that immigrants “who are legally entitled to be in this country” were “not the issue” for the British National Party. He said illegal immigration and bogus asylum seekers were the party’s “bone of contention” – despite its 2010 general election manifesto pledge to campaign against “the immigration invasion of our country”.
Mr Cortiglia also said the BNP “has to change” and “stop talking about 1930s ideas”.