Anti-fascist groups claimed today that the BNP was aiming to "divide and weaken" a community by launching its general election campaign in an inner-city suburb
The visit of BNP leader Nick Griffin to Barking in east London is expected to attract protests and demonstrations. Griffin has said he intends to stand in the constituency in the next general election. Unite Against Fascism have promised to mount a protest against the BNP's presence in the area.
Weyman Bennett, joint secretary of Unite Against Fascism, said: "Griffin is coming to Barking to peddle his racist poison in order to divide and weaken the community. We want to bring people together to expose him as a Nazi and a racist.
"The vast majority of people in Barking hate Griffin and the fascist BNP. We want to mobilise that majority to drive Griffin's vote down and drive the BNP out of town."
A BNP spokesman confirmed that Griffin would be visiting the area. Extra officers from the Metropolitan Police are expected to marshal the event.
In June, the BNP won its first two seats in the European Parliament. The Barking constituency is currently held by Culture Minister Margaret Hodge.