Unite Against Fascism conference
The British National Party (BNP) has already announced that it will be standing
in 100 constituencies at the forthcoming general election. The BNP's aim is to
increase its presence around the country, particularly targeting areas where
they received a high vote in the European and London elections in 2004 and where
they have local councillors. Unite Against Fascism has called a one-day
conference on Saturday 26 February to discuss strategies for campaigning against
Now is a critical time for the anti-fascist majority - which opposes the BNP and
its politics of hate - to act! In 2004 the BNP achieved mass electoral support,
receiving the highest votes ever for a fascist party in Britain: over 800,000
votes in the European elections and over 90,000 votes in the London elections.
They now also hold 22 local council seats. Although the BNP did not get elected
to the European Parliament or London Assembly, they fell only narrowly short of
the necessary votes. The BNP's vote trend continues upwards and their results in
2004 indicate that they are on the verge of making a breakthrough into national
politics if this continues.
To stop the BNP making a national breakthrough will require a concerted and
increased campaign. With your help we can stop this breakthrough before it
happens. Campaigning has raised awareness and denied them breakthroughs in some
of their target areas. However, the BNP will be organising into the
general election hoping to build on their increased share of the vote in 2004.
Unite Against Fascism is organising this conference to bring together the
different sections of society that oppose fascism and the BNP, including the
anti-racist and anti-fascist movement, trade unions, black organisations, faith
communities, disability rights and lesbian and gay organisations and all others.
The conference will discuss why the BNP's vote has grown, what strategies are
needed to halt the BNP's advance and set the scene for united campaigning
against the BNP into the general election.
For further information see the Unite
Against Fascism website.
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