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Anti-Nazis out in force in Barking & Dagenham

by Donna Guthrie, Unite Against Fascism
Issue No. 1999

Last Sunday, the day after the London LMHR event, over 60 people took part in a day of action in Barking & Dagenham, where the BNP are hoping to make a breakthrough in the 4 May local elections.

We had a really vibrant group of volunteers, including local people, trade unionists and people who had decided to come along because of the LMHR carnival.

We easily covered the Goresbrook and Alibon wards, leafleting every household and stopping to chat with people about the BNP and the threat they posed.

The response from ordinary people in the wards was overwhelmingly positive.

“We don’t want those Nazi lovers round here,” one elderly white woman told me. “I will be using my vote against them.”

Goresbrook ward has been a BNP target for a while now, with the Nazis winning a council seat there in 2004 – though they lost it to Labour in a by-election held last year.

The BNP polled 17 ­percent in Barking at the general election.

The local MP, employment minister and arch-Blairite Margaret Hodge, recently claimed eight out of ten white voters were considering voting for the BNP – a claim widely attacked as alarmist and counterproductive scaremongering by anti-fascist campaigners.

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