FORMER Tory leader William Hague visited Huddersfield and expressed fears about the risk of protest votes going to the BNP.
Mr Hague - now Shadow Foreign Secretary - visited Mirfield, Kirkburton and Marsden to meet Conservative candidates and chat to locals yesterday.
Mr Hague admitted he was concerned that some people may choose the British National Party as an alternative to Labour.
A recent national survey showed one in four people would be willing to vote for the BNP as a protest, because of their dissatisfaction with the three major mainstream parties.
The BNP are fielding candidates in all 23 Kirklees Council wards.
Mr Hague said: "It would be a great mistake for people to protest vote for the BNP.
"It is a very dangerous thing to do. We hope people will vote improved local Government by supporting Conservative councillors."
He also commented on the fact that Robert West, a Tory member of South Holland district council in Lincolnshire, has spoken out in support of the BNP.
Mr West is head of the Christian Council of Britain - a group facilitated by the BNP - and spoke at a conference in Huddersfield in March alongside BNP leader Nick Griffin and other party officials.
Mr Hague said Mr West's status with the Conservative party is under investigation.
He said: "I think the party has done the right thing in investigating.
"Extremism has no place in this country and we are totally opposed to it in any form."
At Kirkburton, Mr Hague visited the village Post Office, which is under threat of closure, called at a hairdressers and the Miramar cafe.
He was accompanied by Kirklees Conservative leader Clr Robert Light and met Clr Jim Dodds and Martin Leonard, plus Kirkburton Tory candidate Christine Smith.
In Marsden he met Colne Valley candidate Dorothy Lindley and Lindley Conservative candidate Tony Brice. Mr Hague said people had expressed a lot of support for the Tory party during his visit.
He said: "There is clearly support for Conservatives. Our candidates are a great mix of people and we find as long as you have got that you have support.
"What David Cameron is doing to enhance the party and broaden its appeal is helping."
Mr Hague explained why his party is campaigning particularly hard on environmental issues in the run up to the May 4 elections.
He said: "Green issues are particularly relevant to the local elections because Conservatives across the country are running councils that are cleaner, greener and cheaper than other parties."
He claimed Tories were leading the way in practices such as recycling, protecting green space and cleaning up eyesores, such as graffiti.
He said: "Conservative councils are doing these things best and we want to highlight that."