Warning as BNP plans big poll push

From the Echo:

Warning as BNP plans big poll push
Apr 5 2007
by Thomas Martin, Liverpool Echo

COMMUNITY leaders today condemned the British National Party’s biggest-ever election assault on Merseyside.

The far-right party will field 20 candidates across the region for the May ballot, including nine in Liverpool, eight more than last year.

In Sefton, five BNP candidates are standing, with two in Knowsley, four in St Helens, but none in Wirral.

Anti-racism campaigners branded the party “modern-day fascists” and urged people to vote against them on May 3.

Alec McFadden, president of the Merseyside Coalition Against Racism and Fascism, said: “The views they are peddling are sickening and we are doing everything we can to stop them.

“In the run-up to Capital of Culture, it is a real slap in the face to the city that so many candidates have been put forward for this party.

“The BNP has been targeting areas of deprivation and poverty across the city.

“We are urging candidates for parties that know they have got no hope of winning a seat to withdraw to ensure they do not split the vote in wards where the BNP is standing.

“I would urge everyone to make sure they are registered to vote and to get out there on polling day.”

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