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Matthew Collins - 24 03 09

Apologies for the radio silence on these pages, we’ve been having a hectic time lately.

The Yorkshire & Humber campaign is building at a fast pace and our activists and supporters are key to this.

The early phase of the campaign has been very much about building networks and our activist base, raising awareness of the European elections and signing people up to help.

There’s many strands to this.

Recently we’ve been building some exciting work with faith groups which will really broaden our reach – the churches in particular are getting on board, we’ll be mobilising large numbers of Muslim voters from around the region, as well as working with Jewish communities.

The women’s leaflet got a great launch this month at the TUC women’s conference, but this has got a much wider appeal and is spurring many women to use their informal networks to spread the word.


Friday is only a few weeks away and we’ll shortly be sending out the union toolkits and DVDs to many branches we’ve spoken at and worked with.

This month we spoke to a group of shop stewards at a large industrial workplace.

It really brought home how important trade unions are to the campaign, but also how much the BNP are active in workplaces and exploit worker concerns.

Our main intro leaflet has been circulated far and wide, and we keep having to get more printed.

This both mobilises new activists and spells out the main issues – if you can circulate these through your networks please get in touch.

We’ve been firming up lots of other campaign days around the region.

These will be concentrated in the final six weeks of the campaign, where we want to deliver over 300,000 leaflets to voters across Yorkshire & Humber.

One little snippet from last week was a call from someone who’d received a BNP leaflet through his door.

He requested 1,000 leaflets to deliver singlehandedly in his neighbourhood.

When I asked him how he’d heard about the campaign he told me he’d picked up our leaflet at his local theatre.

I’m sure it was one of the new activists who came to the dayschool who put them there!

Just goes to show how important each individual’s small interventions are – together we’re so much stronger.

Keep in touch!



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