Trade union leaders join Stand up to Ukip launch
Trade union general secretaries have joined Labour MP Diane Abbott and anti-racist activists to officially launch Stand Up to Ukip.
Initial signatories to the campaign’s statement also include Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, UCU general secretary Sally Hunt and TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes.
Others include Jo Cardwell from We Are Waltham Forest, comedian Ava Vidal, Dennis Fernando from UK Pride and Sabby Dhalu from Unite Against Fascism.
An abridged version of the statement says, “The 2014 European Elections mark a watershed in British politics. Ukip is a right wing, racist, populist party that won over 27 percent of the vote.
“We believe Ukip is a racist party. This may be something Farage and the party’s leadership is quick to deny. But in the run up to the European elections Ukip’s mask slipped. Ukip presents the anti-racist movement with a major problem—dragging British politics to the right.
“Ukip is also a party of bigots, sexists, Islamophobes and homophobes. “The rise of Ukip has parallels with other far right and fascist parties, which are growing across Europe. Now is the time to make a stand against Ukip.
“Stand up to Ukip is an umbrella organisation which believes it is important for women, trade unions, anti-racists, black, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Sikh, LGBT, young people, students and all good people must unite and stand up to Ukip, racism and bigotry. Please join us.”
Read the full statement and add your signature here: bit.ly/1u94KRZ
Opposing racism in Newark
Stand Up to Ukip campaigners were out in Newark town centre in the East Midlands last Saturday to oppose Ukip’s candidate in the by-election.
The election is set to take place on Thursday of this week.
A number of people came from around the local area, including young people from surrounding villages.
A stall was set up opposite the Ukip election office and leaflets were distributed exposing its racist policies.
Many local people were pleased to see people standing up to them in what could be a defining by-election ahead of the general election in 2015.
People stressed the need to continue the campaign against Ukip locally to expose what they stand for whatever the outcome of this by-election.
A big issue for Newark is the Tories’ closure of the A&E at the local hospital.
A failing ambulance service run by Arriva now takes patients on a 40-mile round trip for many minor treatments. Yet Ukip wants to continue these disastrous privatisation policies.