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BNP under fire

The BNP suffered two further blows as their Croydon candidate is convicted of assault and another hustings invitation is withdrawn

Issue No. 2199

Croydon candidate assaulted anti fascist activists

Croydon British National Party (BNP) election candidate David Clarke has been found guilty of attacking four anti-fascist protesters in 2009. He will be sentenced on the 18 May.

Clarke who lives in Dunley Drive, New Addington, was found guilty of four counts of assaulting protesters who were leafleting against the BNP outside East Croydon station on the 27 and 29 of May last year.

Clarke is standing in the Croydon council elections for Heathfield ward.

Lorna Nelson-Homiah, one of Clarke's victims, said, “I think the verdict today shows that the BNP's veil of credibility has once again fallen down. BNP policies are racist, and this case shows they always resort back to their violent roots.”


BNP ousted from Littlehampton hustings

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) activists including local Labour Party members and trade unionists, have been campaigning against the Nazi BNP in Littlehampton centre. They sent in this report of their recent success:

“Recently we found out that the BNP had been invited to attend a hustings in Bognor Regis—and we campaigned against it.

“The Bognor/Littlehampton Labour Party candidate, Michael Jones, decided to withdraw from the hustings because of the BNP invitation. So we then spent several hours contacting both Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates to adopt a similar principled stance—and eventually they agreed.

“This represents a significant victory in the struggle against the BNP. UAF activists will be in Bognor this coming Friday and Saturday, joining with local Labour members, to continue their campaign against the BNP, and everyone is welcome to join us for one last push before the election.”


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Thu 29 Apr 2010, 14:35 BST
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