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April 23, 2007 10:06 ET

French result should give anti-BNP campaigning in the UK a boost says deputy leadership candidate

News from Jon Cruddas MP

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 23, 2007) - The overwhelming rejection of the French far-right Presidential candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen should be taken as inspiration for anti-BNP campaigners here says Jon Cruddas MP.

The far-right candidate was decisively beaten into fourth place in yesterday's first round of the French Presidential election and polled fewer votes than in any election he has stood in since 1974.

Jon Cruddas has said that the British electorate have to be urged to reject extremist politics and defeat the BNP who are standing 900 candidates in the May elections.

The leading anti-fascist campaigner has also warned of the dangers of mainstream politicians trying to capitalise on right wing votes with incendiary and bogus campaigning on immigration and asylum seekers.

Jon Cruddas has also criticised the centre right candidate, Nicolas Sarkozy, for pandering to the far right wing for votes, after he referred to youths involved in riots in suburban Paris in 2005 as "racaille" or "scum" and pledging a ministry for national identity.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham, says:
"The far right is attempting to exploit people's insecurities.

"Their appeal is helped by the fact that those affected most severely by immigration are the poorest in our society who have to compete for low-cost housing and low-paid employment.

"We can defeat them here as decisively as they have in France but we have to convince people that mainstream political parties can and will make things better. We have to build new council housing, provide better protections for people at work, tackle health inequalities and give more support to local authorities."

Last week the deputy leadership frontrunner called for an open public debate around the issues of immigration and planned public policy response, with better resourced public services for those communities with the largest influx of immigrants.
Jon Cruddas has been up and down the country in the last few weeks as part Searchlight's, the anti-fascist organisation's , 'Hope Not Hate' tour of the UK.

Jon Cruddas is MP for Dagenham. Jon is standing as a candidate for deputy leader of the Labour Party. For more information on Jon Cruddas' deputy leadership campaign visit

Jon Cruddas' Deputy Leadership bid has received the support of 100 Labour grassroots activists from every area of the country. They include councillors, local party secretaries and trade union officials. He was overwhelmingly endorsed by 53% of Compass members in March. He has also received the support of Amicus General Secretary Derek Simpson and T&G leader Tony Woodley.

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