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2015 National Black Members' Conference
17 September 2014

Conference notes with concern the rise in support for UKIP, especially in the lead up to the 2014 Local and European Elections, the Newark by-election and now in the lead up to the 2015 General Election.

Conference we have all heard UKIP’s hostile immigration, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic and Islamophobic views.

We further note that in the 2010 General Election UKIP proposed to ‘freeze’ public sector pensions and end statutory maternity and paternity pay and leave as well as ‘scrap’ most ‘equality and anti-discrimination legislation’. Despite claiming extremist views have been excluded from the party, the UKIP leader continues to attack women’s role in the workplace – stating that women with children are worthless to employers.

Conference you will be alarmed to hear that some of our members voted for UKIP in the 2014 Local and European Elections and are considering voting for them in the 2015 General Election.

The NBMC feel that with appropriate education and understanding of what UKIP stands for we can alert members not to vote for UKIP.

Conference we therefore call on the NBMC to:

1)Work with the NEC to provide appropriate material highlighting UKIP policies;

2)Continue to work with other Self Organising Groups, National Labour Link Committee, NEC, and other relevant bodies such as Hope not Hate to raise awareness of UKIP policies and organise mass campaigns against them;

3) Work with the National Labour Link Committee and Learning and Organising (LAOS) to provide political education at all levels of the union (branch, regional and national);

4)Recommend that Race Awareness and Anti-Fascism Group debates are held at Branch, regional and national levels to address extreme and discriminatory views