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Statement on EDL March in Bristol

Commenting on the English Defence League’s march in Bristol, Dawn Primarolo MP, Kerry McCarthy MP and Marvin Rees, Labour’s Candidate for Mayor of Bristol, said:

“We reject entirely the aims, philosophy and method of the EDL.  At a time when decent people from all backgrounds are working together to improve their communities, the EDL seeks to cause division, fear and hatred.

There is no place for the EDL in Bristol. 

On 14 July, thousands of Bristol residents will be celebrating the Bristol we know – a proud  and welcoming city that celebrates our differences and rejects totally any attempts to divide us.  Bristol is much stronger than a motley collection of EDL members, bussed in from far flung corners of the country.

We hope that Bristolians from all backgrounds will go about their normal business on the 14th, but we do understand why those who feel especially strongly about the EDL’s presence in our city will want to protest against their presence.  We would ask simply that they co-operate with the police, who will be working hard to ensure that public safety is protected.

By Saturday evening, the EDL will have left Bristol.  They will find little support for their dangerous views and we hope, and expect, that they will never return.”

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