by-election 23 June 2005
The BNP is fighting tooth and
nail to retain its only council seat in London in a by-election caused by the
resignation of Dan “Clueless” Kelley. Barking and Dagenham Together has mounted
an active campaign in the wake of the defeat of the two racist candidates in
Barking and Dagenham in the general election, to ensure that the residents of
Goresbrook will not be failed again by the BNP.
Despite the BNP packing its
campaign with lies, libel and hypocrisy and importing thugs from all over the
southeast and beyond, the fascists now fear defeat. The anti-fascist campaign
has been notable for its breadth with not only Labour fighting to retake the
seat but the Lib Dems and Greens coming together with Labour to beat the BNP.
The Together campaign working
alongside the trade unions has mounted a series of days of action and other
activities. Last Saturday 100 anti-fascist and Labour activists turned out and
enabled us to steal a march on the BNP and start campaigning in Becontree ward,
where a by-election will take place on 14 July.
We have three days left to send
the BNP packing in Goresbrook. Victory for the forces of democracy on Thursday
could be turned into a double success if we keep them out in Becontree as well.
The BNP’s candidate in
Goresbrook is Lawrence Rustem, a man notoriously disliked and distrusted by his
fellow party members, because he is a half Turkish Muslim. Nevertheless he
polled high percentages in by-elections in Village and Valence wards, Dagenham,
last year. Like in Goresbrook his campaign in Village ward used leaflets full of
lies in a bid to stoke up fear and resentment in the community. Let’s make him a
three time loser.
Tuesday 21 June
Targeted distribution of election material, from 6.00pm
Thursday 23 June
This is polling day and volunteers will be welcome all day.
Starting at 8.am to cover the three polling stations in the ward .
Meet at The Labour Hall, Junction of Tenterden Road and
Green Lane, Dagenham.
(nearest stations Dagenham Heathway and Chadwell Heath,
buses 5, 87, 103, 150, 173, 175 pass nearby)
Please bring cars wherever possible for transport to
designated streets in the ward.
Details of the Becontree campaign will be issued in the
next three days.
www.stopthebnp.com for updates on our activities.