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New problems for the BNP

Issue No. 2174

A second BNP membership list was leaked on the internet on Tuesday of this week. The website has published the file, which shows the BNP’s membership as of April this year.

The BNP suffered a major setback in the St Helens ward by-election in Barnsley last week, with its share of the vote falling 7 percent on the last election.

This is a BNP target area. Party leader Nick Griffin visited the estate three times during the election campaign and the BNP put a massive effort into leafleting and canvassing the ward.

But a major campaign by Barnsley UAF and the local trades council exposed the BNP as racists and fascists. This really struck a chord with people on one of the most run down estates in Barnsley.

Unusually for a by-election the turnout increased by 25 percent.

Exposing the BNP works.

George Arthur

The BNP came worryingly close to winning a county council seat in Boston, Lincolnshire, last week. It came in 16 votes behind the Tories, who held the seat.

Around 60 anti-fascist activists picketed a BNP by-election meeting in Cleveleys, near Blackpool, on Tuesday of last week. Despite attempts to put on a respectable face for the invited press, the BNP was unable to suppress its members’ racism.

Local reporters witnessed BNP members laughing at a racist joke with new recruits.

Four black or Asian people who attempted to go into the meeting were barred.

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Tue 20 Oct 2009, 19:31 BST
Issue No. 2174
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