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Nazis fail to make serious gains but threat remains

Issue No. 2200

Barking and Stoke weren’t the only areas where the BNP were driven back. In most seats the BNP failed to achieve the gains they expected. And although the council results were still to be counted as this leaflet was produced, their votes looked likely to reflect their failure to make a breakthrough at the general election.

Compared to their ten highest results in 2005, the BNP vote dropped by an average of 3 percent this time round. And their average vote per candidate only rose by 58 votes. But we cannot afford to be complacent about the threat of the BNP.

Some pockets of BNP support across the UK have been strengthened since 2005 – the BNP fielded a record 338 candidates in the general election, snatching over 500,000 votes, and they stood in over 700 seats in the council elections.

They polled several strong results in Yorkshire, including 10.4 percent in Rotherham, 8.9 percent in Barnsley Central, 8.6 percent in Barnsley East and 7.7 percent in Rother Valley.

And while the BNP were held back in Barking, the fascists’ vote rose by nearly 7 percent in the neighbouring constituency of Dagenham & Rainham.

Their failures in Barking and Stoke could mean that their supporters turn in frustration to increased street activity and violence, joining with the likes of the racist English Defence League.

That means that we have to adopt the model of the most successful Unite Against Fascism campaigns and roll them out across the country.

Wales and Liverpool activists launched UAF groups in the run up to the election and Leicestershire are looking to do the same soon after the election. In Dudley, Barnsley, Medway and Stoke groups were formed to draw activists together.

It is vital that every anti-racist and anti-fascist makes this task a matter of urgency after the election.

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