Anti-fascist activists were out campaigning until the last minute to drive back the threat of the British National Party’s (BNP) in the European elections on Thursday this week.
The message from Unite Against Fascism (UAF) was that even a small rise in the turnout could damage the BNP’s prospects.
There was leafleting at all major train and tube stations across London.
UAF stalls and mass leafleting were taking place across the BNP’s target seats of North West England and Yorkshire & the Humber.
Meanwhile in the West Midlands activists were following up the huge success of the Love Music Hate Racism festival in Stoke with a big push in town and city centres.
The BNP is fielding more than 450 candidates in the county council elections.
Campaigners are working hard to counter them and creating new networks of anti-fascists in the process.
So UAF supporters in King’s Lynn, Norfolk report that “around 20 local anti-fascists – aged from 16 to 67 – have distributed 1,500 leaflets in the areas where five BNP candidates are standing.
“We are now planning to build an anti-Nazi group in the area.”