The far-right British National Party will contest all 40 seats at next month's Birmingham City Council elections.

BNP deputy leader and West Midlands organiser Simon Darby said the campaign would be based on an anti-Islam ticket and hopes were high that the party would get its first city councillor.

Target wards, where the BNP believes it can do well, include Kingstanding, Oscott, Yardley and Weoley Castle.

Mr Darby said the BNP's campaign would be based on "preventing Birmingham from becoming an Islamic city".

He added: "We are making this a referendum on radical Islam.

"Birmingham faces a big decision.

"Does it drift into part of an Islamic republic, or does it remain a broadly Christian society of western traditions?

"This election is not just about local issues like cracks in the pavement.

"It's about the future of Birmingham."

The BNP will stand a record 86 election candidates across the West Midlands, including nine in Sandwell, seven in Walsall, five in Dudley, seven in Coventry and eight in Stoke.