The following Emergency motion was passed by the Midlands TUC today from a proposal we understand moved by East Midlands region of UNISON
Protest against the BNP’s 2009 Red, White and Blue Festival in Derbyshire
Council notes with alarm the result of recent elections in which the British National Party (BNP) won three County Council seats and two seats in the European Parliament. The BNP gained votes because of the failure of the mainstream political parties to connect with voters and address their fears. Their support is likely to grow as the recession deepens and workers and their families face increasing insecurity.
If left unchallenged the scapegoating, hate and division of the BNP will strike a resonance in workplaces and communities. The BNP’s Red White and Blue Festival planned to be held in August in Derbyshire will be used by the BNP to further pedal their politics of hate and should not be allowed to proceed without protest.
Council believes that the Midlands TUC should take a leading role in challenging the BNP and what they stand for. Council therefore agrees to:
- call a demonstration to coincide with the BNP’s 2009 Red, White and Blue Festival to raise awareness of the true nature of the BNP’s politics and to send a message to their supporters and “would be” supporters that they are not welcome in Derbyshire.
- call on all constituent unions to mobilise support for the demonstration – at local, regional and national level
- work closely with the local anti fascist and anti racist campaign groups and others to organise the demonstration – including arrangements to ensure as far as is possible, the safety of all those participating in the protest
- co-ordinate the production of publicity and materials for the demonstration and transport to and from the event
End of motion
This is very good news and this campaign looks forward to discussing with Midlands TUC representatives how we can ensure that we have a massive united protest on August 15th