by john coan
BRITISH National Party councillor Angela Clarke has resigned her seat on Bradford council. A by-election has been called for the seat in Keighley West and will be held on 23 March. Clarke has pledged to maintain her presence on Keighley council despite resigning her seat on Bradford Council where she was deputy leader of the BNP group. Clarke's resignation came after a week of confusion where she resigned, and then retracted her resignation saying she had been verbally abused by a fellow BNP member. When news of the row was broken by the Keighley News Clarke sent an e-mail to Bradford council resigning with “immediate effect”. James Lewthaite, leader of the BNP group on Bradford council, insisted that the row was personal rather than political.
Clarke won the Keighley West seat in the 2004 local elections and was not up for re-election until 2008. Her resignation and the upcoming by-election has come as a boost to anti fascist campaigners in Keighley, who have been fighting against the Nazis of the BNP for several years. The by-election comes just a few weeks before the local council elections on 6 May and it is expected that the BNP will be campaigning hard and in large numbers in order to win back this seat and fight for other seats in the town. Keighley and Bradford TUCs will be working in conjunction with Searchlight to defeat the Nazis in Keighley. Anti-fascists have a great chance in Keighley to deal the BNP a knockout blow and halt their spread across the region.Keighley TUC are organising leafletings over the coming months and anybody able to come and help should e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org