COMMUNITY leaders, trade unionists and faith groups joined forces at a Unite Against Fascism conference in Sheffield last Saturday to discuss how to counter the threat of the Nazi BNP in the city. They heard from an array of speakers, including world champion boxing coach Brendan Ingle, himself an immigrant from Ireland.
He said, 'As I visit different schools and communities in Sheffield, the mix I see is terrific and the youngsters work well together-they don't see any colour. 'But the BNP want to set communities against each other, families against each other. People have to get out and vote on 10 June for parties that are compassionate and care, not the BNP which stands for hatred.'
The Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Rev Jack Nicholls, pledged that he would bring together faith groups in the city to make a multi-faith statement opposing the BNP.
Paul Clays, regional secretary of the Communication Workers Union, said, 'We must ensure that we are exposing the lies of people who are racist and fascist.' Over 80 people attended, representing trade unions, students, churches, a range of political parties and community groups.
Plans were drawn up for mass leafleting in communities, workplaces and at sporting events, and for a voter registration drive to build a high turnout of electors, the majority of whom are opposed to fascism.