Stars back ‘stop BNP’ cam­paign

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER

A HOST of celebri­ties have joined a cam­paign urg­ing mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity to vote in next week’s lo­cal and may­oral elec­tions, to stop the Bri­tish Na­tional Party mak­ing gains.

Singers, ac­tors and TV pre­sen­ters joined the Hope not Hate cam­paign by anti-fas­cist mag­a­zine Search­light, which is trav­el­ling the coun­try en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to vote so that the BNP does not win seats in the May 1 elec­tions.

In Manch­ester on Tues­day, the pop groups The Kooks, the Happy Mon­days singer and for­mer X Fac­tor fi­nal­ist Rowetta Satchell, and star of BBC2’ s Hairy Bik­ers Dave My­ers, spoke out against the BNP. Luke Pritchard, lead singer of The Kooks, said: “It’s re­ally im­por­tant to sup­port and pro­tect Bri­tain’s di­ver­sity. That’s why we are en­dors­ing the cam­paign.”

Ms Satchell, who is Jewish, said: “We must do any­thing to raise aware­ness and make sure peo­ple vote against this party. The BNP is a party of ha­tred and ig­no­rance.”

Ad­dress­ing the Jewish com­mu­nity specif­i­cally, she said: “Each vote counts and we need to show the BNP that they don’t have sup­port.”

Mr My­ers, orig­i­nally from Bar­rowin-Fur­ness in Cum­bria, also strongly backed the cam­paign: “The BNP has put up two can­di­dates in the ward where I grew up, which is ter­ri­ble. It’s very im­por­tant that peo­ple are aware that they need to go out and vote. The BNP is a racist party. Their mes­sage is wrong so get on your feet and make sure they don’t get in.”

Pop star Luke Pritchard joins the Hope not Hate cam­paign­ers. We need to pro­tect our di­ver­sity, he said

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