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Anti-BNP rally starts EU campaign

A rally has been held in Medway as part of preparations for a campaign opposing a British National Party (BNP) election campaign.

Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism joined forces for the event at Poco Loco in Chatham.

The BNP plans to have candidates standing in each constituency for the European elections in June.

A BNP spokesman said the rally was run by "Labour front" groups trying to "pull the wool over people's eyes".

A spokesperson for the rally said the views of the BNP, a far-right group, did not represent the views of the people of Medway.

He said they hope to discourage complacency amongst voters in the European elections.

Councillor Vince Maple, Chatham Labour Party secretary, joined speakers from Medway Racial Equality Council, Make Votes Count, Unite Against Fascism and Love Music Hate Racism at the event.

Simon Darby, deputy leader of the BNP, said people should be able to vote for the party without being shouted down.

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