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Issue No. 2123

Campaign beats back BNP vote

The fascist British National Party (BNP) received a very welcome drubbing at the Alexandra Park ward by-election in Haringey, north London, on Thursday of last week.

The Nazis managed a measly 27 votes – less than 1 percent of the vote. This was even less than the pitiful 29 votes they got in Hampstead Town in neighbouring Camden the week before.

Anti-fascists leafleted every house in the ward at least twice. An excellent 60-strong meeting was held to oppose the BNP, attended by local community groups and three candidates opposed to the fascists.

The BNP has a new policy of standing in every council by-election in London in the run up to the European parliament elections next year. In the event the fascists made no visible presence in the ward – but did manage to unite local people against them.

Matt Foot

Disruptive meeting planned by Midlands journalists

Journalists’ jobs protest meeting Members of the NUJ journalists’ union working for the Trinity Mirror in Coventry and Birmingham were set to hold a disruptive union meeting on Thursday of this week in their battle against compulsory redundancies.

The union suspended a 48-hour strike set for this week after management reassured workers that compulsory redundancies wouldn’t be needed.

But the company failed to deliver on its promise to inform journalists whether they had got the jobs they wanted by Monday of last week.

NUJ members at Midland Weekly Media have also voted to take strike action for one hour on the same day.

Protest march on Bank of England

Up to 50 people took part in a protest at the Bank of England on Monday.

The protest was organised by the National Shop Stewards Network to demand that workers should not suffer the effects of the economic crisis.

Protesters marched from the Bank of England through the City to Liverpool Street. The National Shop Stewards Network has produced a collection sheet and solidarity petition in support of the ongoing strikes on London buses. It is available from [email protected]

Defend health activist Pat Lawlor

Activists in the Unison union were shocked and angered to hear that Pat Lawlor, a convenor at the Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital, has been expelled from the union following a hearing earlier this month.

Pat, who is a member of the Socialist Party, faced charges that included sending an email in support of striking classroom workers and bringing the union into disrepute.

Send messages of protest to: Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, 1 Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9AJ. Email messages of support to [email protected]

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Tue 14 Oct 2008, 18:24 BST
Issue No. 2123
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