ORGANISING AGAINST FASCISM

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Conference
Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual & Transgender Conference 2005
Date
29 July 2005
Decision
Carried

Conference notes with concern that:

1.In the 2005 general election, the British National Party (BNP) received the highest vote ever received by a far right party in a British general election;

2.The total BNP vote more than quadrupled compared to 2001 and the BNP saved a record 34 deposits;

3.Hostility and prejudice towards asylum seekers and migrants marked much of the debate in the general election campaign, not just from the far-right but also in sections of the press and some politicians in mainstream parties;

4.The BNP is organising now for the 2006 local elections, and is likely to particularly target those seats where they saved their deposits;

Conference further notes that as well as their unremittingly racist campaigning, the BNP openly targets Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people, pledging to bring back ‘legislation forbidding homosexual acts’ and portraying gay men as ‘predatory perverts’ and paedophiles. The BNP is a threat to us as black people, as LGBT people and as trade unionists.

Conference welcomes the organising against the BNP in the 2005 pre-general election campaign, such as the work of Unite Against Fascism and, at a local level, by Oldham Coalition Against Racism’s success in exploding the BNP’s lies and turning out the vote of the vast majority of people who oppose their politics of hatred, halving the BNP vote in both Oldham constituencies compared to the 2001 general election; and the Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism (LAGCAR) and SERTUC LGBT network’s leafleting of Soho on the sixth anniversary of the London nail bombings.

Conference believes that the strongest and most effective campaigns are those which unite people across different communities, bringing together trade unionists, black community groups, LGBT groups, anti-racist and anti-fascist groups and all people who oppose racism and fascism.

Conference calls on:

A.The National LGBT Committee to work with the NEC and Labour Link to continue to publicise campaigning information; and,

B.Regional and branch groups to engage with local labour movement, community group and anti-racist/anti-fascist group campaigns, such as LAGCAR, Searchlight and Unite Against Fascism, to ensure a strong vote against the BNP in the 2006 local elections.