April 26, 2011

Anti-BNP work earns award

Teaching union official Jason Hill has won a national award for his efforts in campaigning against the rise of the BNP and other far-right groups in Stoke-on-Trent.

He has been presented with the inaugural Blair Peach award, named after a National Union of Teachers (NUT) member who died during an anti-racist demonstration in London on April 23, 1979.

Jason organised a vigil against an English Defence League demo in the Potteries last year and also campaigned to stop the BNP gaining a Parliamentary seat locally. He is the president of both the Stoke-on-Trent division of the NUT and of North Staffordshire TUC.

Jason, who used to teach visually impaired pupils, was presented with the award at the NUT's annual conference in Harrogate.

NUT general secretary Christine Blower said: "It is right and proper that the NUT should pay tribute to the vital contribution being made by our members in combating prejudice and discrimination. We are proud of the work our members do and delighted that Jason Hill has won this year's award."

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