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BNP plots return to the streets—and Oldham by-election

Issue No. 2232

The Nazi British National Party (BNP) planned a political turn at its annual conference on the weekend of 10 December in Leicester.

At it BNP leader Nick Griffin indicated a shift in emphasis for the organisation by calling on activists to take to the streets—perhaps not surprising given their electoral thumping in May and the growth of the EDL.

Griffin said, “We are going to start attending homecoming parades of British troops, and when the Islamic militants abuse our troops and threaten them, we are going to physically stand in their way.”

The BNP will also be looking to use the Tory cuts programme to build support—blaming Muslims, black people and immigrants for the devastation wreaked by the Tories and their banker buddies.

In Leicester the UAF group, recently formed when the EDL marched in the city, managed to discover the venue of the BNP conference and called an emergency protest.

Protesters unfurled a massive banner simply reading “Nazi scum” outside the hotel where the conference was.

An activist from UAF told Socialist Worker, “One carload of young lads pulled up and they got out and joined us. We had lots of local support—cars driving past on both sides of the dual carriageway beeped their horns in support.”

Anti-fascists have sent complaints to hotel chain Best Western’s customer services department asking why it allowed a fascist organisation to hold a meeting.

Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election

BNP fuhrer Nick Griffin looks likely to stand in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election, due to take place on 3 February 2011.

Nazi Nick hopes to capitalise on the disgraceful behaviour of former Labour MP Phil Woolas, who was disqualified from office last month.

A specially convened election court ruled that Woolas had lied about his Lib Dem rival.

Woolas was found guilty of making untrue allegations in his campaign material that suggested Lib Dem candidate Elwyn Watkins had tried to “woo” Muslim extremists.

Woolas’s pandering to racist ideas has opened the door to the BNP—who have repeatedly tried to sow racist division in Oldham, despite being constantly rejected by voters.

Unite Against Fascism activists in Oldham and Manchester are starting to organise now to make sure the BNP don’t pick up votes in the election.

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Tue 14 Dec 2010, 17:30 GMT
Issue No. 2232
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