A UKIP member is to stand in the by-election for the seat left vacant following the killing of Jo Cox.
But Waqas Ali Khan is to run as an independent in the race, due to his populist right wing party refusing to field a candidate in a mark of respect to Mrs Cox, who died in June.
Mr Khan, 27, said he was motivated to stand following the announcement of far right candidate Jack Buckby for Liberty UK and the rise in hate crime.
He said he also wanted to stand against who he believes will be an elite Labour politician.
Mr Khan, who lives in Heaton in Bradford, previously stood for UKIP in Shipley during the 2015 general election.
“The party isn’t putting anyone up but I think it’s only right to give voters a choice”, said Mr Khan, a finance masters graduate who is currently unemployed.
“Jack is promoting anti-islamic views.
“He stands for everything that goes against British values and his presence within the region will cause further divide and hate amongst communities.
“I want to represent the Asian community and engage with everyone.
“I also believe that the Labour Party will parachute an elite politician into the Batley and Spen seat.
“I think if they win voters will feel like those in Bradford West, who had the high-profile George Galloway and felt like they had an absent MP for three years.”
Mr Khan believes he can drive forward the UK’s exit from the EU and “bring communities together”.
He does not believe UKIP, whose policies he says he still subscribes to as a member, encouraged any anti-migrant sentiment.
Its former leader, Nigel Farage, unveiled a controversial poster in the run up to the referendum, which featured a photo of a line of mostly non-white migrants and refugees and a caption reading “breaking point”.
“I believe I am the right candidate as I am part of the party that pressurised the government to deliver a referendum to the people”, said Mr Khan.
“UKIP doesn’t promote racism and our rule book states that no one is welcome to join us who has an affiliation to the BNP.
“As an independent candidate in this election, I want current EU nationals residing in UK (and UK nationals residing in Europe) to gain permanent right to remain status, which will decrease the rise of hate crime levels.”
No dates has yet been set for the by-election.