UNITE AGAINST Fascism has issued an open letter about the campaign in Keighley, West Yorkshire, where British National Party leader Nick Griffin is set to stand as a general election candidate.
British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin has targeted Keighley as the constituency where he thinks the fascist BNP can gain most ground in the general election. For this reason Unite Against Fascism believes that it is necessary to mount a united campaign against the BNP in Keighley.
To this end anti-fascist campaigners in Yorkshire were planning a day of action in Keighley on Saturday 2 April 2005. However we have been asked by Mark Taylor, the agent of the Keighley Labour MP Ann Cryer, to call off this day of action.
As unity in campaigning against the far right is imperative, in these circumstances we consider it necessary not to proceed with the day of action in Keighley.
As the main cutting edge of fascism today is racism, particularly directed against black, Asian and Muslim communities, we consider that making the fight against racism central and involving these communities in the forefront of the campaign is essential to achieve anti-fascist unity.
We have real concerns that if this issue of fighting racism and involving different communities is not given sufficient priority the fight against fascism will be unnecessarily weakened as we saw in some areas during last June’s elections.
Billy Hayes, Communication Workers Union general secretary and Unite Against Fascism treasurer, Sabby Dhalu and Weyman Bennett, joint secretaries Unite Against Fascism, John Campbell, Yorkshire convenor Unite Against Fascism
Trade unions boost turn out in Wales
OVER 40 people packed into a Swansea Unite Against Fascism meeting, held at the local T&G union offices last week.
The meeting was held in response to the announcement that the BNP intends to stand in Swansea East at the general election.
The meeting, addressed by Unite joint secretary Weyman Bennett, brought together senior representatives from the T&G, Aslef, Amicus, Unison, Natfhe, NUT and PCS unions as well as delegations from the Swansea African Friendship Organisation, the All-Wales Ethnic Minority Association and the Wales Palestine Association.
Two Labour MPs sent messages of support along with Plaid Cymru, the president of the Welsh Lib Dems and the leader of the Green Party in Wales.
The meeting agreed a strategy to expose the BNP as fascists and was marked by its great spirit of unity and enthusiasm.
Martin Chapman, Chair, Swansea Unite Against Fascism