March 06, 2009

BNP opposition groups stage pre-election meeting

Anti-racism groups have organised a conference ahead of forthcoming elections.

The North Staffordshire Campaign against Racism and Fascism (NorSCARF) and Unite against Fascism have arranged a meeting at Staffordshire University tomorrow. They aim to raise the profile of groups who are challenging the BNP ahead of forthcoming elections for Staffordshire County Council and the European Parliament.

The conference follows an October meeting at which the agenda of the BNP was discussed and efforts made to rally opposition against the party.

Staffordshire MPs Mark Fisher and David Kidney will both be attending as members of a panel. Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Mr Fisher said: "Everyone in North Staffordshire wants to avoid the European elections in May being dominated by the negative agenda of racist prejudice. We must make sure that the election is fought on the issues that are most important to people – jobs, the economy and housing."

Olwen Hamer, NorSCARF chairman, said: "There can be no place for BNP policies in a civilised society. I hope the electorate in the June elections will make that very clear."

The conference will start with a performance of Night of the Broken Glass, sponsored by the New Vic Theatre, before workshops. There will then be a feedback session and panel discussion.

The conference, in the Ashley Building, Leek Road, Stoke, will take place between 1pm and 6pm. To register, call 07778 913 528.

The Sentinel

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