British National Party

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2006 National LGBT Conference
25 July 2006
Carried as Amended

Conference notes with alarm:

1.The British National Party’s (BNP) advance in the English local elections of May 2006;

2.The BNP’s electoral success and media attention in May has encouraged it to contest local government by-elections even more widely than before; and

3.The BNP Council Manifesto, its official monthly magazine and other media and spokespeople have continued making homophobic statements and have advocated, effectively:

A.Returning the age of consent to 21;

B.Re-enacting Section 28;

C.Banning Pride;

D.Abolishing Civil Partnership; and;

E.Ending measures to tackle hate crime.

Conference also notes that the BNP attacks us not only as Lesbians, Gay men, Bisexual and Trans people but also as trades unionists, as public service workers and, above all, as black people and, increasingly in current campaigns, as Muslims and migrant workers.

Conference continues to believe that the most effective campaigns to defeat the BNP have been authentic, local, broad-based initiatives, led by local trades unions, including all those whose lives and livelihoods the fascists threaten and directing their activity into the white estates where the BNP is organising.

At Greater London Region’s Regional Council meeting on the 25th May 2006, Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham raised his concerns of the real chance that the BNP would gain their first MP.

Conference therefore urges all branch and regional LGBT groups to include ant-fascist campaigning along these lines in their work programmes and to make it standing item on the agenda of their meetings.