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Burnham backs campaign to unseat far right MEP

Unite Against Fascism 'Nick Griffin Must Go' campaign meeting at Unite's office in Hallgate:  Speakers, Paul Jenkins, of the UAF, left, Leigh MP Andy Burnham and Katrina Lawrie, of Unite's 989 Branch, with chair Dave Lowe, of Unison, and campaign supporters

Unite Against Fascism 'Nick Griffin Must Go' campaign meeting at Unite's office in Hallgate: Speakers, Paul Jenkins, of the UAF, left, Leigh MP Andy Burnham and Katrina Lawrie, of Unite's 989 Branch, with chair Dave Lowe, of Unison, and campaign supporters

A BOROUGH MP is urging young voters to get behind a campaign to oust BNP leader Nick Griffin as one of the region’s MEPs.

Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham spoke out at a meeting of anti-racists in Wigan where the campaign to unseat Griffin at May’s European elections was launched.

Supported by trade unionists and activists, the ‘Griffin Must Go’ initiative has already enlisted the support of several high-profile Labour MPs.

Keynote speaker at the gathering at Unite the Union’s Hallgate headquarters, Leigh MP Mr Burnham, insisted that Griffin “doesn’t and will never ever” represent the vast majority of residents.

He said: “What does it say about the north west of England when this man takes his seat in the European Parliament?

“I am proud to come from the north west and I absolutely don’t want people around Europe thinking that Nick Griffin and the BNP represent, in any way, the vast majority of people here in any way.

“I also think it is insult to the men and women from our area and across the region that made the ultimate sacrifice in the Second World War fighting intolerance and discrimination across Europe to be represented by Griffin.”

Mr Burnham wants young voters - of whatever mainstream political persuasion - to take part in May’s Euro elections and not to waste their vote.

 

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