An important council by-election was due to take place on Thursday of this week in the Rose Hill ward in Burnley, Lancashire. The BNP Nazis were hoping to get a significant vote. They stood candidates in two council by-elections in Burnley last week.
In Lowerhouse ward 283 people voted for the BNP (19 percent of the vote) and in Trinity ward 181 people voted for them (23 percent of the vote). This is an increase from the 12 percent average vote in the last election. This should sound a warning to anti-Nazis. In response to the danger of the BNP, Anti Nazi League members and supporters have been out in the town centre drumming up opposition to the Nazis.
It is more important than ever that the North West TUC delivers on its pledge to hold an anti-racist event before the council elections in May and back initiatives against the BNP.
Phone the Anti Nazi League on 020 7924 0333.
Socialist Alliance candidates in the two Burnley by-elections last week got 5 percent in Trinity ward and 3 percent in Lowerhouse ward.
LABOUR WON the parliamentary by-election in Ipswich on Thursday of last week with a reduced majority. The Labour vote fell by 7.98 percent. Most of these votes were picked up by the Liberal Democrats. The short two-week election campaign, and lack of media interest in anyone but the main three parties, meant that the votes for all the smaller parties were squeezed. The Green Party got 0.93 percent of the vote. Pete Leech, standing for the Socialist Alliance, got 0.55 percent of the vote.
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