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From The Socialist newspaper, 27 May 2009

BNP fail to win Salford election

IN THE Salford Irwell Riverside by-election on 21 May, the BNP were confident of winning the seat from Labour. Continual local press coverage combined with leafleting and other actions made the BNP so cocky that their leaflet claimed it was a straight fight between them and Labour.

However, they gained only 43 votes from the last election to poll 276 (17%), ending up in third place. New Labour held the seat but lost a quarter of its vote, unsurprising when their candidate gives Hazel Blears MP "110% support"! The Lib Dems and Tories also lost voters - who the polling figures suggest either remained at home or mostly went to the Greens and UKIP.

Chased out of Salford the weekend before, with their planned gig at a Manchester club cancelled by the venue after mass complaints, it's clear the BNP are not wanted by working-class youth. And now their Salford organiser has been suspended for making racist comments on Facebook!

Building a socialist alternative and a strong vote for No2EU - Yes to Democracy at the Euro elections is the best way to continue the battle against the racist right.

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In The Socialist 27 May 2009:

Protest at MPs' sleaze: Vote No2EU - Yes to Democracy

No2EU - yes to Democracy: Who's standing and why you should vote for them

Fight for real democracy!

Hear No2EU - Yes to Democracy speakers

Fiddling Tory MP Mackay resigns

UKIP - yet another establishment party

BNP fail to win Salford election


Youth fight for jobs

Youth Fight for Jobs: Fortnight of action 27 June to 10 July

School students organised strikes


Construction workers feature

Construction workers: battle won but war not over

Strike success at Lindsey Oil Refinery and Conoco

An action plan for all construction sites

Diary of a Lindsey Oil Refinery shop steward


International socialist news and analysis

Southampton protest: Stop the slaughter of Tamils

Latvia: 'A capitalist inferno'

Kashmir health workers' victory

Nanjing college students in clashes with police


PCS conference and workplace news

PCS conference: Preparing for future battles

Delegates' anger at Public and Commercial Services union conference

Young members' voices heard at PCS conference

Wales TUC conference - no good news for New Labour

National Shop Stewards Network conference


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Lewisham Bridge primary school

Why we must Stop the Strip!

"Dump cuts not elderly"


 

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