A FORMER British National Party election candidate and a dentist face trial today accused of conspiring to cause an explosion.

Robert Cottage, 49, of Talbot Street, Colne, and David Jackson, 62, of Trent Road, Nelson, were charged under the Explosive Substances Act 1883 after chemical components were allegedly found at Cottage's house last September.

Both men deny conspiracy to cause an explosion with intent to harm life or property and possession of an explosive substance for an unlawful purpose.

Cottage stood for the BNP in last May's local elections in Colne.

A trial at Manchester Crown Court was expected to begin today and last up to 10 days.