Socialist Worker

North eastern formula that blocked BNP

by Dave Wilson
Issue No. 1872

THE NAZI BNP failed to make an electoral breakthrough in a region it had put at the top of its target list last week.

Local residents in Chester-le-Street, in north east England, ran an imaginative trade union backed campaign to stop the BNP grabbing another council seat.

The BNP were contesting a council by-election. Although they received 170 votes, 7 percent, they will be disappointed.

The Nazis have put huge effort into the north east, hoping to make the kind of breakthroughs they have achieved in the north west.

Thanks to the determined trade union backed campaigns against them, they have not won a single seat in the area.

Labour won the Chester-le-Street by-election comfortably with 1,114 votes. The Tory vote slumped to just 26 votes.

North East Unites Against the BNP organised an active campaign in the ward. This is a regional organisation that unites trade unions, political parties, and community and religious groups.

Some 30 local people met to launch the Chester-le-Street campaign. They designed and distributed their own anti-BNP literature.

Having local people, with the resources of the trade union movement behind them, knocking on doors and engaging with friends, workmates and neighbours was a successful formula.

The failure of the BNP to make a breakthrough and the scale of the developing campaign against them in the north east is giving heart to anti-fascists.


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Sat 11 Oct 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1872
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