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2009 National LGBT Conference
27 July 2009

Conference notes with concern the gains far right parties made in the recent elections for the European Parliament. Unfortunately, due to the poor turnout of electors, seats were secured in some areas.

Members of the European Parliament (MEP) are elected to represent the views of all their constituents and not just their own supporters, so we must now ensure that new MEP’s adhere to this. Far right and fascist party ideals are often in direct opposition to legislation aimed at improving the lives of all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. These ideals are also in conflict with LGBT people’s human rights.

Yet there are people within our own community who do not realise that such parties are not LBGT friendly and will not campaign for the benefit of our community. This situation needs to be addressed and our community warned of the horrors of fascism and the far right. The ballot box is a powerful tool, but we must all use our votes wisely for it to be effective.

Conference therefore instructs the National LGBT Committee to:

1.Continue to work alongside other trade union LGBT groups to campaign against the far right;

2.Continue to take part in UNISON’s mainstream anti-far right campaigns;

3.Look at and consider ways to continue to get the anti-far right message out to the LGBT community and groups;

4.Actively assist in mobilising LGBT communities and other groups who oppose the far right, to register and use their votes to defeat the far right in all future elections;

5.Produce and publicise guidance for regions, branches and Self Organised Groups, as soon as possible, on how to use your right to challenge the work elected MEP’s do in the interest of the LGBT community