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Day of Action for Barking and Dagenham

Hope not Hate

Thousands of anti racist campaigners will this weekend lead the fight against the BNP in Barking and Dagenham.

The Hope not Hate Day of Action will take place on Saturday 17 April and canvassers will be delivering a tabloid newspaper to every home in the borough.

The extremists BNP already have 12 councillors in Barking and Dagenham and the Hope not Hate campaigners are calling on everyone who opposes the BNP to support their campaign.

The BNP recently failed in their bid to secure enough nominations to stand a candidate for Mayor of Hackney, after announcing that they were seeking candidates for Lewisham, Newham and Hackney.

News that the BNP were seeking to place a candidate there led to condemnation from community and political groups across London.

However their failure in Hackney is unsurprising given that the BNP got only 1409 votes (2.3%) in Hackney in the 2008 GLA elections, and hasn’t managed to field a council candidate in Hackney since 1998.

However, there is a real threat that the far right group could gain support in Barking and Dagenham and gain overall control of the council along with its £300 million budget.

People wishing to help in the Hope not Hate campaigns can sign up for the Barking and Dagenham Day of Action via the website http://www.hopenothate.org.uk.

Transportation is available for groups across the South East and Essex.

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