The fight to stop the fascist British National Party (BNP) making gains at this year’s London and local elections had a boost last week.
Teachers in the NUT union have voted for a political fund, which, according to the NUT’s general secretary Steve Sinnott, “will enable the NUT to campaign more effectively against those who stand on racist or fascist platforms during periods of national or local elections”.
The NUT’s conference in March will be asked to formally adopt the political fund rules, prior to their submission to the certification officer for approval.
The Unite Against Fascism organisation’s national conference in London on Saturday 1 March will discuss how to stop the BNP making a breakthrough at this year’s elections, particularly in the London assembly.
The BNP is targeting these elections, where a 5 percent vote across London could see a candidate elected.
Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) has organised a major carnival in London’s Victoria Park on Saturday 27 April to be a blow against the BNP.
This is the 30th anniversary of the original Rock Against Racism carnival that played a key part in stopping the rise of the Nazi National Front.
LMHR is organising a session at the Unite Against Fascism conference to help build the carnival.
Over 600 people from trade unions, community and faith groups, student unions, MPs and LGBT groups attended last year’s conference.
Make sure you’re there this year.
Unite Against Fascism national conference, Saturday 1 March, TUC Conference Centre, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1 (nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road) For more information go to » www.uaf.org.uk