OVER 100 Anti Nazi League supporters lobbied Burnley council's meeting on Thursday of last week, which the three newly elected British National Party (BNP) councillors attended for the first time. This was the meeting where the council leader was elected and councillors were selected for committees.
The lobby intended to persuade councillors to boycott the BNP councillors and refuse to work with them. Every councillor going into the meeting was asked to wear ANL stickers, and around half of them agreed to do so. Unfortunately the Labour-controlled council appointed the BNP councillors to 12 of the 23 committees.
Council leader Stuart Caddy seems determined to work with them. The local paper reports that he's hoping they'll call themselves 'independent' rather than BNP councillors.
Disgracefully the council announced that the public gallery would be closed, and that the meeting would not take any questions from the public. Delegates from Burnley Youth Council, who had previously been invited to speak, were refused admission to the town hall. The next full meeting is at the end of July, and those on the lobby resolved to be back then and at every future meeting.