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Huhne congratulates Hastings for rejecting the BNP

October 25, 2009 3:13 PM

Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesperson Chris Huhne MP has congratulated Hastings for rejecting the BNP, despite the town being targeted by the Far Right party in recent elections.

Nick Perry, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Hastings & Rye, updated Mr Huhne on the situation in Hastings just two days after the MP shared a panel with BNP Leader Nick Griffin, on the BBC's 'Question Time' programme.

Speaking after the meeting Nick said,

"Chris congratulated Hastings for keeping the BNP out, despite the party having thrown considerable resources at the recent elections.

"We must also recognise the work of the Hastings Unite Against Fascism group - they deserve an acknowledgement for the work that they have done to raise awareness in our area.

"We must not be complacent about the dangers of the BNP, and we must tackle head-on the poverty, inequality and local infrastructure problems - such as social housing capacity - that the Far Right seeks to manipulate in order to get an electoral foothold.

"My belief is that local people want to see political parties working hard, campaigning on issues that they care about, and trying to make life better for them.

"With our pledge to keep every penny that people earn under £10, 000 tax free, the Liberal Democrats are showing that we have practical policies for helping people on low incomes to survive the recession. Local people need to know that there are mainstream parties that are willing to listen to their needs, and to advocate for their interests."