A session on combating the fascist British National Party (BNP) and the Defence Leagues looked at what has changed since the election of two fascist MEPs last June.
Weyman Bennett introduced the session, reminding delegates that everywhere the Nazis have organised in the last year they have faced resistance.
Weyman went on to analyse the base of the BNP’s growth and pointed to the backdrop of racism and Islamophobia that is feeding fascist organisations.
He also looked at the rise of the Defence Leagues, arguing that a hard fascist core is trying to pull in a wider layer of racists. Weyman argued that mass mobilisations are key to opposing the fascists.
Conference agreed that arguments around the BNP have sharpened since June – and that a new anti-fascist movement has appeared.
Several delegates reported on local successes in opposing the BNP in elections and in mobilising thousands of people against marches by the Defence Leagues.
Conference resolved to build “Don’t vote Nazi” campaigns in areas where the BNP stands in the general election and to maximise the turnout at Love Music Hate Racism carnivals in Manchester, South Yorkshire and London.
Conference reaffirmed the SWP’s commitment to no platform for fascists. An amendment calling for support for Love Music Hate Homophobia and LGBT History Month events was accepted as part of this session’s resolution.