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Sunderland South

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 7 May 2015, 22:54

UKIP come second with 22% of the vote. Still a long way behind Labour but it pushes the Conservatives down into third place.

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HOPE not hate’s #NotVotingUKIP hashtag hits no.1!

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 07:04

This evening, our #NotVotingUKIP hashtag hit number 1 on Twitter in the UK. That’s an amazing outcome.

When we created our original #NotVotingUKIP Thunderclap we hoped it would be seen – but nothing like this scale.

Earlier this evening some 6.5 million people saw the message:

I’m #NotVotingUKIP because I’m choosing HOPE over fear this Thursday #hopenothate #GE2015.

Since then the meme has taken off in a spectacular fashion. In fact, we’re the biggest Thunderclap of the election. And it’s all thanks to our supporters: a massive, massive thank you.

Of course, UKIP tried a few dirty tricks. They launched a counter-Thunderclap against ours, even 'altering' their original goal downwards, to artificially ‘boost’ their trending status. But they couldn’t stop us. They’ve now had to launch a second Thunderclap, but I guarantee it’ll still end in defeat.

The truth is we left them in the dust. And we want to do the same again on Thursday, when it comes to the ballot box. So why not keep up that momentum and tell all your friends why you’re #NotVotingUKIP?

Let’s keep that hashtag trending in these final days and hours of the campaign: remember to include @hopenothate or #hopenothate in your messages on Facebook and Twitter.

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UKIP has thrown down the gauntlet to us

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 1 May 2015, 07:18

UKIP has thrown down the gauntlet to us. A couple of days ago I wrote to you announcing our plans to set up a Thunderclap next Tuesday to spread our anti-UKIP message on social media. Over 1,800 people have signed up, with a combined social media reach to almost 1,000,000 people.

Now, last night, I learnt that UKIP has responded by setting up its own Thunderclap to go out a few minutes after ours.

We have chosen #NotVotingUKIP. UKIP has chosen #VoteUKIP.

So the gauntlet has been thrown down. Sign up to our Thunderclap to ensure our message of HOPE dominates social media next Tuesday

Sign up here

The purpose of our Thunderclap is to encourage the silent majority - who reject UKIP's anti-immigrant agenda - to speak out. We want to get thousands of people telling millions of their friends that they will not be supporting UKIP.

Our mission has become even more important now UKIP is openly challenging us. Next Tuesday, at 5.30pm, there will be a social media battle between HOPE and fear. If you want HOPE to win then sign up now:

It just takes 30 seconds to sign up

Let's not let UKIP beat us

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Election 2015 Glasgow hustings

posted by: Glasgow HOPE not hate | on: Wednesday, 29 April 2015, 15:48

The General Election on May 7th will determine what political party shall govern the U.K.

Greater Glasgow HOPE not hate & the Peoples Assembly Scotland want to know what politicians will do about tackling austerity and racism.

Come along and have your say at this Glasgow wide meeting!

Ask the general election candidates what they will do for you!

Thursday 30 April, 7.00pm

For more information visit

 Posted: 29 Apr 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 15:08

Ever wondered what UKIP leader Nigel Farage really thought about the world? A young filmmaker has captured a day in the life of the UKIP leader – it’s a must watch video!

There are just 9 days left to halt UKIP in its tracks. We are drilling down our campaign into our ten priority areas.

Sign up to get involved

If there isn’t an action near you, or you don’t have the time to get involved on the ground, then why not make a donation to our campaign? Every penny raised will be spent in turning out the anti-UKIP vote in our priority areas.

I can make a donation

In 9 days’ time Nigel Farage’s UKIP will make an historic political breakthrough and potentially even hold the balance of power for a new Government of the Right … or we will stop them in their tracks in the key seats.

Help us shape the future of Farageland.

 Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments

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Last chance to have your voice heard

posted by: Elisabeth Pop | on: Monday, 20 April 2015, 12:01

Today is Voter Registration deadline, the last chance to have your voice and HOPE heard on 7 May.

This is the 12th hour, do you really want to be one of the voiceless and let others decide what is best for you, your family and friends, your community?

You can register here, it takes just two minutes.

And then, do not take it for granted that those dear to you are registered, because 44% of those not registered mistakenly believe they are.

Use today to remind them that if we don’t take a stand, we will never get listened to.

HOPE not hate has been working hard to register as many people as we can. Along the way we met some incredible people.

In this video, some of them talk about why we should register to vote by 20 April and make sure we get heard on 7 May.

Please share it on your social media with hashtag #register2015, because for every voice of HOPE that stays silent, many voices of hate will shout aloud.

You can make a difference!

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14 days until you get silenced

posted by: Elisabeth Pop | on: Tuesday, 7 April 2015, 11:09

With only 2 weeks to go until the voter registration deadline, faith leaders come together, for the HOPE not hate Voter Registration campaign, to urge us all, people of faith and those of no faith alike, to ensure we register to vote by 20 April. Because Our Voice is Our HOPE, and our voice matters.

So make sure your HOPE for Britain gets heard on 7 May by registering to vote now at or visit to find out how you can get further involved.

 Posted: 7 Apr 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments

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A massive thank you

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Thursday, 2 April 2015, 19:58

I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who made a donation towards the cost of a four-page wraparound in next week's Thanet newspaper.

An amazing 932 people donated and our wrap has been accepted by the newspaper.

We will send out a PDF of the wrap next week, but at this stage all I can say is that it is extremely hard hitting and effective.

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Imams To ‘Reclaim Internet’ From Extremists

posted by: Nick Lowles | on: Friday, 27 March 2015, 12:00

I’m really pleased to see that our friends over at Imams Online, one of our partners on the See It, Report It website, have launched a new online magazine to “reclaim the internet” from extremists.

Over 100 imams gathered in London for the launch of Haqiqah – or "the reality" – which has been created by British Muslim scholars as a direct response to the threat of radicalisation from groups such as Islamic State (IS).

Experts writing in the magazine will offer a counter-narrative to the radical rhetoric of IS and other groups. They will provide clear explanations of verses of the Qu’ran that have been used by extremists to urge youngsters from across Europe and the Islamic world to leave their homes to fight.

"We're turning the tide," said Shaukat Warraich, the chief editor of Imams Online.

"Though we still have a way to go, we know that by taking efforts to support and mobilise the huge online Muslim population, we will eventually drown out the violent voices.".

Along with initiatives like #NotInMyName from the Active Change Foundation and Inspire’s #MakingAStand, it’s heartening to see British Muslims coming forwards and leading the online fight against the so-called Islamic State’s recruitment drive.

No-one should estimate how hard this fight will be: there are as many as 70,000 pro-IS Twitter accounts, while the group also uses other social media networks such as the open-source site Diaspora, and has its own magazine.

Social media, not just mosques or places of worship, is the new battleground and we must do everything we can to support the voices of the Muslim community in standing up to the pedlars of hate.

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Which side of history will Britain be on slavery?

posted by: Elisabeth Pop | on: Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 11:58

Today is the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Events across the world will honour the lives of those who died as a result of slavery or experienced the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade.

While many will see it as an occasion to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice and the plight of the 36 million people across the world who live in modern slavery, the 13,000 people living in slavery in the UK are putting all their HOPE in the Modern Slavery Bill going through parliament.

But while on the world platform Britain is keen to portray itself as a champion of putting slavery to an end, at home the government cannot hold its head high given their track record.

On 17 March, Conservative and Liberal Democrat members of the House of Commons voted out the Lords amendment to the Modern Slavery Bill, which had included important protections for migrant domestic workers – principally the right to change employers, which have allowed them both to negotiate with employers and given them a realistic option to escape abuse.

Furthermore, it is this same government who in June 2011 refused to sign the International Labour Organisation’s Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers and instead introduced a system by which they chained migrant domestic workers to their employers. Last week, the minister responsible for modern slavery and organised crime, Karen Bradley, again rejected the suggestion made by Member of the Opposition that the UK government do the decent thing and finally ratify the ILO convention.

On 16 June 2014, HOPE not hate, Justice 4 Domestic Workers, KALAYAAN and UNITE the Union handed in a petition and postcards with 10,000 signatures asking David Cameron to end slavery for Domestic Migrant Workers in the UK. 16,000 people are now asking for justice to be done and for parliament to bring back HOPE for domestic workers turned modern day slaves in the UK.

Today, the Modern Slavery Bill bounces back to the Lords for consideration of Commons' unforgivable changes. If not today, on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery, then when will this government decide to be on the right side of history and put their deeds where their words are?

Please take to social media and remind Conservative and Liberal Democrat members of both houses that you would not want to be #ChainedToYourBoss and thus help migrant domestic workers in the UK regain their freedom and HOPE.

 Posted: 25 Mar 2015 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments