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Birmingham protest at BNP councillors

Issue No. 2003

The Birmingham protest

The Birmingham protest

At the council elections in Birmingham the elections office miscounted the votes in the Kingstanding ward and declared the BNP candidate Sharon Ebanks to have won. This makes her the official councillor until the courts reverse the count and declare the Labour Party candidate the winner.

On Tuesday of last week the BNP candidate attended the council meeting and took a seat as a councillor. She was escorted to the meeting by six huge men.

Some 80 people joined a Unite Against Fascism (UAF) picket of the council meeting to declare that we intend to keep Birmingham council BNP free.

The BNP won three seats at the council elections in Sandwell, taking them to four. UAF called a picket of the council meeting on Tuesday. The picket was supported by the NUT and NASUWT unions who brought banners, and by the council branches of Unison and the T&G unions. The council Amicus branch also sent representatives.

UAF made 'Show BNP racism the red card' cards for the councillors to take in. Almost all the councillors did so and displayed them in the council chamber during the meeting.

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Sat 3 Jun 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2003
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