BNP member Paul Golding has resigned as a councillor for the St Mary’s ward of Swanley.

Mr Golding, who was the only British National Party councillor in the south east of England, resigned from Sevenoaks District Council with immediate effect on Monday.

The 29-year-old was elected in February 2009, winning the seat from Labour with 76 more votes than his closest rival.

During his time as councillor he was accused of “doing nothing” for the area by St Mary’s residents.

Mr Golding was one of two councillors for the St Mary’s ward, and his vacated seat will be contested at the District Council elections on May 5.