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How the BNP was humiliated in Leeds

12 November 2005
Nick Griffin, leader of the fascist British National Party (BNP) was pelted with eggs and flour as he arrived at Leeds Crown Court to face charges of incitement to racial hatred on Wednesday of last week.

Postal workers

05 November 2005
The Communication Workers’ Union held a national briefing in Leeds on Thursday of last week over its campaign against the threat of post privatisation.

Anti-fascist demo humiliates BNP leader at court appearance

05 November 2005
Over a thousand anti-fascists rallied outside Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday morning for a vibrant and united demonstration against Nick Griffin, leader of the Nazi British National Party (BNP).

Anti-fascist pressure forces the police to cancel Nazi rally

05 November 2005
Holocaust Survivor Leon Greenman movingly outlined the threat of fascism on Monday of this week as activists geared up to protest against the Nazi British National Party (BNP) in Leeds.

A chance to fight the BNP’s leader

22 October 2005
Nick Griffin, leader of the fascist British National Party (BNP), is set to appear in court in Leeds on Wednesday 2 November to face charges of incitement to racial hatred.

Join the protest to stop the Nazi BNP

15 October 2005
Anti-fascist campaigners from across the country are mobilising for a demonstration to stop a planned protest by the Nazi British National Party (BNP) in Leeds on Wednesday 2 November.

How police seized anti-war material in raid on Leeds bookshop

06 August 2005
On Friday 15 July police descended on the Iqra Learning Centre, an Islamic bookshop in Beeston, Leeds. They battered the door down and sealed the shop off, arresting one man who worked there under anti-terrorism laws.

Leeds stands united for peace and justice

30 July 2005
LAST SATURDAY around 300 people gathered in Beeston for a peace march to the centre of Leeds. Beeston is the area where two of the people reported to be responsible for the 7 July bombings came from.

Beeston unites for peace in wake of London bombings

16 July 2005
At the start of last week Leeds Stop the War Coalition decided to call a vigil that Thusday for victims of the 7 July London bombings.

An opportunity to engage people

03 July 2005
Running into Leeds train station at 6.30am it became clear that this was going to be big. Reams of white cotton and a few hundred faces I didn’t recognise told me that.

Strike over Leeds Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres redundancies

02 July 2005
Over 100 staff at three special schools in Leeds struck over the threat of 17 full time redundancies in one of the new Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres last week.

ITV strikers channel their anger over pay

16 April 2005
Hundreds of media workers in the Bectu and Amicus unions struck between Friday and Sunday of last week at ITV. They are fighting for decent pay. Strikers picketed ITV offices in London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Norwich, Birmingham and Nottingham.

Media round-up

09 April 2005
ITV workers’ strike set to hit flagship programmes Members of the Bectu and Amicus unions at ITV were set to strike on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of this week in their pay dispute. The strike involves over 700 broadcasting, production and studio staff at ITV centres in London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Norwich, Nottingham and Birmingham.

Campaigns to defy college censorship

15 January 2005
HERE’S AN example of a curb on freedom of expression that none of the mainstream media have covered—attempts by the student union at Leeds University to ban the activities of pro-Palestinian activists.

‘Was it worth it? Ask the child who lost his family’

04 December 2004
Dr Salam Ismael, general secretary of Doctors for Iraqi Society, spoke to students at Leeds University about the siege of Fallujah, the media’s portrayal of the occupation and his work trying to save the lives of ordinary Iraqis.

Time for our own agenda in the NHS

31 July 2004
DARREN FROM Leeds writes, "NHS employees are being hit hard by New Labour initiatives. I work as a nursing assistant myself and, with the upcoming Agenda for Change, stand to lose a significant portion of my earnings.

Leeds schools

03 July 2004
EDUCATION workers across four unions in Leeds have voted for a one-day strike against compulsory redundancies of teachers and support staff.

Attack on democracy

26 June 2004
THE NATIONAL Union of Students (NUS) held an extraordinary conference in Leeds last week to discuss reform of its democratic structures. It was attended by just over 300 delegates-a large proportion of whom were full time sabbatical officers. The conference was called against the backdrop of a severe financial crisis. The NUS has an annual budget deficit of £500,000.

Wildcat civil servants

01 May 2004
OVER 1,000 workers in Scotland and Lancashire walked out unofficially last week in response to management's suspension of PCS civil servants' union activists. Management also suspended four PCS members in Leeds on Monday of this week. Some 500 workers in two offices, Hume House and Park place, walked out. Eight offices in East London walked out unofficially on Tuesday of this week after managment suspended Nigel Prendergast, a union activist in Hackney. These activists refused to carry out staff appraisals under the Performance Development Scheme.

Pickets plus politics produces popularity

17 April 2004
MANY SOCIALIST Worker sellers went to striking civil servants' picket lines this week. In Leeds they went to the Eastgate job centre on Tuesday. Sadie reports, \"The pickets were all very friendly. Two of them bought the paper. We had a good discussion with a range of political views. One picket said he thought Respect could give civil service workers a new confidence to take on Labour. Another said he agreed with Respect but was sad that Labour Party members had not been able to change the party from within. All the pickets were grateful we had come to show our support. In the run-up to the strike we sold five papers at Quarry House office.\"

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