Wednesday 20 July 2005

‘Campaigning to Isolate and Defeat the BNP’ conference

A Unite Against Fascism conference organised by the Yorkshire & the Humber region

Saturday, 23rd July, 10am-2pm (Register from 9:30am)

Hamara Centre, Tempest Road, Beeston, Leeds

Speakers include:

John Campbell; Mohammed Azam (Oldham Coalition Against Racism); Paul Clays (Regional Secretary CWU); The Bishop of Sheffield; Henry Guterman (Holocaust Survivor); Maroof Shaffi (President, Bradford branch of the Islamic Society of Britain); Rachel Earlington (Bradford University students’ union); Sabby Dhalu and Weymann Bennett (Joint secretaries national UAF)

The BNP stood 119 candidates in the 2005 general election. They won a total of 192,750 votes – the highest fascist general election vote in British history – four times their vote at the previous general election in 2001.

The Yorkshire and Humberside region saw the biggest growth in support for the BNP with its vote increasing from 3,245 votes in 2001 to 60,990 votes in 2005. Yorkshire alone accounted for nearly a third of the BNP’s total national vote. 14 out of the 34 seats where the BNP saved their deposit were in our region.

The BNP can be stopped – but it will require the mobilisation of every anti fascist vote, and the creation of a campaign which unites the labour movement, black, Asian, Jewish and Muslim communities, gay and lesbian groups and everyone that supports democracy.

The conference will provide an opportunity for the anti fascist movement in the region to clarify its strategy and strengthen the campaign to prevent the BNP making any further breakthroughs in Yorkshire and to roll back the gains they have already made.

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