DEMONSTRATE: anti-Nazi protests called for TODAY:
Liverpool, 5.30pm, Town Hall
Manchester, 5.30pm, Piccadilly Gardens
Sheffield, 5pm, Town Hall
Preston, 6pm, Flag Market
Get down to one of these and show you're against these Nazis!!!
BNP leader Nick Griffin took the final MEP place in North West England in the early hours of today. Griffin, who has a criminal conviction for incitement to racial hatred, polled 132,094 across the region, or 8.0% of the vote as compared to 6.4% in 2004.
Ken Livingstone, chair of Unite Against Fascism, said:
"This is a turning point in British politics. It is the most significant electoral success to date for a fascist party in this country. It threatens to normalise the presence of the BNP on the political scene in a similar manner to Jean-Marie Le Pen's Front National in France.
"We cannot allow this to happen. It is vital that we mobilise the largest possible mass movement across every walk of life to stop the fascist BNP and drive them out of the political mainstream.
"We have done this before when working people rose up in unity to defeat Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists in the 1930s. We did it in the 1970s when the Anti Nazi League drove the National Front of the streets. Now it is our duty to inflict the same defeat on the British National Party."