Anti-fascists and trade unionists in Merseyside have vowed to step up their campaign against the British National Party (BNP) after the Nazis came third in a council by-election.
The BNP polled 159 votes – some 10.3 percent – in Sefton council’s Church ward, beating the Tory into fourth place. Labour won the seat with 806 votes and the Lib Dems came second with 431. Turnout was poor at 17.2 percent.
According to Paul O’Connor, a local Unite campaigner and chair of the PCS union’s north west regional committee, “It’s disappointing that a Nazi party can engage enough votes to finish in third place,” he added. “But if we hadn’t been out leafleting against them they would have polled higher.”
Paul notes that the BNP campaigned heavily around cartoons denigrating the prophet Muhammad, printing the cartoons on its leaflets and posing as defenders of “free speech”.
Unite Against Fascism is holding two national days of action against the BNP on Saturday 25 March and Saturday 29 April. Go to www.uaf.org.uk