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Campaigners out to step up fight to stop the far right

Issue No. 2107

Students from Staffordshire University (Sophie Kettell is second right).

Students from Staffordshire University (Sophie Kettell is second right).

People came to Saturday’s demonstration from up and down the country.

There was a delegation of young people from Stoke-on-Trent, where the Nazis have nine councillors and are challenging for the mayor next year.

Sophie Kettell, a student at Staffordshire University, spoke to Socialist Worker about mobilising against the BNP in Stoke.

“We’re here because Stoke has a really bad problem with the BNP,” she said.

“In the recent council elections they gained more seats. It’s an issue that students have brought to the union and we need to act on that. Coming to events like this makes our campaign stronger.

“We came on a coach that was paid for by the local Fire Brigades Union. Other people made donations for transport and we’ve given those to UAF.

“We’re working with Love Music Hate Racism to try and set up a calendar of events over the next few months leading up to a carnival next year, prior to next year’s elections.”

Vera Kelsey, from Wolverhampton CWU union, said, “I’ve come on a coach organised by the local trades council. We have all got to get our act together now. The BNP are slowly getting in.

“People have lost confidence in this government and that’s given the BNP an avenue. We’ve got to campaign now to stop that avenue from growing.

“I think we’ve all got our work cut out. Fascists should not be tolerated. We can’t allow them to build. God knows what sort of society we’ll be living in if they do get a hold.”

Vera Kelsey (right) with her union banner

Vera Kelsey (right) with her union banner

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