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Batley protest shows unity against racism in West Yorkshire

by Roger Keely, Kirklees SUTR co-secretary
Issue No. 2634

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott joined protesters in Batley, West Yorkshire

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott joined protesters in Batley, West Yorkshire (Pic: Neil Terry)


Labour shadow home secretary Diane Abbott gave a big boost to a rally against racism in Batley, West Yorkshire, last Saturday.

Around 80 people attended the rally organised by Kirklees Stand Up To Racism (SUTR).

The local newspaper, The Press, published a vicious attack on Labour councillor and Momentum supporter Fazila Loonat.

Columnist Danny Lockwood attacked her as “a leading member of an anti-British, communist group that is riddled with antisemitic racists”.

A flood of hate mail and malicious phone calls to her followed.

This is the town where a Nazi assasinated the late Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016.

The murder came six months after a nearby march by Nazi Britain First.


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