Tuesday 24 January 2006

Stopping the rise of the BNP

Unite Against Fascism national conference,
Saturday 18 Feb 2006

TUC Conference Centre, Great Russell Street, London WC1

Speakers include: Ken Livingstone • Gurinder Chadha Bend it like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice director • Billy Hayes CWU General Secretary • Keith Sonnet UNISON Deputy General Secretary • Dominque Walker sister of murdered black teenager Anthony Walker • Kat Fletcher NUS President • Mick Connolly SERTUC Regional Secretary • Iqbal Sacranie MCB Secretary General • Henry Guterman MBE Holocaust survivor • Ramesh Kalidai Hindu Forum of Britain• Linda Riordan MPLee Jasper NAAR • Weyman Bennett UAF • Mohammed Azam Labour Party NEC member • Glyn Ford MEPLeon Greenman OBE Holocaust survivor • Michael Meacher MPBen Summerskill Stonewall Chief Executive • Sadiq Khan MPMark Meredith Mayor of Stoke • Jackie Lewis ILGA Europe Chair • Lethal Bizzle MOBO-award-winning grime star • Dave Haslam acclaimed music writer and legendary Hacienda DJ • Martin Smith ANL/Love Music Hate Racism • Chris Bolton RAR/Misty in Roots • Paul Samuels A&R & LMHR collective, Atlantic Records • Lisa Moorish singer, ‘Kill City’ • Dave Laser singer, ‘Dustin’s Bar Mitzvah’• Paul Hutton Director of Metropolis Music, organisers of the V Festival • Mohammed Taj • Salma Yacoob • Love Music Hate Racism

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‘Bend it Like Beckham’ and ‘Bride and Prejudice’ film Director Gurinder Chadha, TUC General Council representative Mohammed Taj and Salma Yacoob are the latest speakers confirmed for the conference on 18 February.

This year the BNP saved its deposits in 34 constituencies in the general election, compared to only 5 in 2001. In 2004 the BNP missed getting elected to the London Assembly and European Parliament by a hair’s breadth.

The BNP currently have 21 local councillors and will be using their high votes as a launch pad to gain several more council seats in the 2006 local elections.Where the BNP has council seats,incidents of racism and homophobia have risen.

If the BNP’s vote trend continues upwards they will be on course to make a national breakthrough.However,the BNP can be stopped if we mount the biggest possible campaign against them.

The next step towards stopping the BNP will be preventing them gaining more council seats in 2006.Campaigning has raised awareness and denied the BNP breakthroughs in some of its key target areas. In Oldham, having received their highest vote in 2001,the BNP suffered their biggest setback in the 2005 general election.

Unite Against Fascism is organising this conference to discuss why the BNP’s vote has grown,effective strategies in stopping the BNP,and to bring together the different sections of the anti-fascist movement – including the trade unions, Muslim, Jewish, Christian and other faith, black, Asian, lesbian and gay communities and disabled people’s organisations.

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