Open letter opposing the electoral rise of the BNP
The vote for the British National Party (BNP) has increased dramatically over the last two decades, to the point where they are now polling the highest votes ever for a fascist organisation in British history. In 2009 the BNP won two seats in the Europe
The vote for the British National Party (BNP) has increased dramatically over the last two decades, to the point where they are now polling the highest votes ever for a fascist organisation in British history. In 2009 the BNP won two seats in the European Parliament, they have a member on the London Assembly and they a number of councillors in local authorities around the country.
The BNP tell us they are a democratic organisation and that they support the British people, this could not be further from the truth. The BNP are a Nazi party, whose leaders admire Adolf Hitler, they want an "all white" Britain and are spreading racist lies about immigration, housing and crime. BNP councillors in Barking and Dagenham have voted down plans to build council houses whilst falsely blaming immigrants for shortages in affordable housing in the borough.
BNP organisers are also involved in the English Defence League (EDL). These racist thugs have had a number of demonstrations targeting Muslims throughout England including Luton, Stoke, Manchester and Birmingham. The EDL are also recruiting within football clubs intending to widen their support base. Earlier this year 1,500 EDL thugs rampaged through Stoke attacking black and Asian people, smashing the windows of Asian shops and calling white people who live in mixed areas 'race traitors'.
The leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin, is standing in the general election in Barking and Dagenham; in Camden a BNP member, Robert Carlyle, is standing in the seat of Holborn & St. Pancras and in the local election ward of Holborn and Covent Garden with Derek Collins in Belsize and Stephen Dorman in Kentish Town wards. Any advance of the far right must be countered in order to protect our freedoms and the multi-racial nature of a modern United Kingdom.
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Simple actions can be taken to fight fascism. As an example, every week local people have been joined by UAF and other anti-fascists to leaflet against Nick Griffin in Barking.
The BNP can be defeated by mobilising the millions of voters who oppose fascism, including the trade unions, Black, Asian, Muslim Jewish, Sikh, Hindu, Lesbian and Gay communities, young people and progressive opinion generally.
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Camden Unite Against Fascism wants to unite the local community to oppose the rise of the BNP within society.
We the undersigned oppose the electoral rise of the BNP in the UK and call on all residents to join in opposing it:
Abdul Hai, Anna Stewart, Brian Woodrow, Geethika Jayatilaka,
Jonathan Simpson, Nasim Ali, Patricia Callaghan, Penny Abraham,
Roger Robinson, Theo Blackwell
Camden CouncillorsLiberal Democrats
Chris Naylor, David Abrahams, Flick Rea, Frederic Carver, John Bryant,
Linda Chung, Nick Russell, Russel Eagling
Andrew Marshall, Keith Sedgwick, Martin Davies
Raj Chada Chair Holborn & St Pancras Labour; Candy Udwin Camden Socialist Workers' Party; Neill Grant Camden Unite Against Fascism; Caroline Taleb Camden Unite Against Fascism; George Binette Camden UNISON/Trades Council; Barry Walden Branch Chair (jobshare) Camden UNISON; Phoebe Watkins Branch Chair (jobshare) Camden UNISON; Andrew Baisley Camden NUT; Hugo Pierre Camden UNISON;
Philip Lewis Camden UNISON Vice Chair - Convenor C&E Directorate; Anton Moctonian Unite/GMB; Adam di Chiara NUJ; Sinan Ersay NUJ