Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism had a big profile at conference. The NUT last year voted to set up a political fund, which will allow it to openly campaign against the BNP. Steve Sinnott, general secretary of the NUT, told conference, “I’m delighted that the ballot on our political fund was so successful. I will be very proud when the NUT can put out leaflets saying ‘Don’t vote for fascists and racists – don’t vote BNP’”.
The NUT is in the process of setting up its political fund and so is unable to fund campaigns against the BNP this year. But conference decided to hold an official collection for the upcoming Love Music Hate Racism carnival in London on 27 April.
Activists at many meetings highlighted the importance of raising money for the carnival. A number of union branches and regions pledged to give large donations. At a fringe meeting for Unite Against Fascism, teachers spoke of the good response they had got when leafleting against the BNP. Activists are booking transport from outside London to bring people to the carnival in April and it’s clear there is a real excitement about the event.