Unite Against Fascism (UAF) activists across the country were campaigning right up until polling stations closed on Thursday night to stop the fascist British National Party (BNP) from making a breakthrough.
One hundred and fifty people joined UAF’s day of action last Sunday. They took the message that the BNP is a Nazi party to the doorsteps in key wards across the borough.
Glenda, a black woman who has lived in Barking for the past 18 years, said, “This is the first time I’ve taken part in political activity.
“We really need to do something to stop the BNP making gains. Racists get more confident when they see their politicians elected.”
Barking’s parliamentary seat and the council were the BNP’s top targets in the election.
Thirty people were out campaigning last Sunday, distributing 6,000 leaflets to households in BNP target areas.
UAF and Norscarf members were also on board the PCS union battle bus, which spread the message that people need to vote against the BNP.
Over 100 people came to a Love Music Hate Racism gig. Many left their details to be kept in touch about the campaign against the BNP and to help in the last few days.
UAF ran another successful stall last Saturday and got a great reception leafleting the Liverpool vs Chelsea match on Sunday.
Activists leafleted local workplaces, community centres and the city centre.
Kent UAF held a stall on Friday of last week giving out over 1,000 leaflets. Local MP Gwyn Prosser visited the stall and donated to the campaign.
Pauline reports from Kent: “We held a demo at a local hustings in case the BNP turned up.
“We had convinced the church hosting the event to withdraw the invitation to the Nazis.
“The branch secretary of the CWU Invicta union branch donated £250 towards our work to defeat the BNP.
“Revellers at the Sweeps Festival in Rochester over the May Day weekend generally welcomed our stand against the BNP.
“They signed our petition, gave us donations and some took bundles of leaflets for their local streets.”
For more on anti-fascist campaigning or to get involved go to » www.uaf.org.uk