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National Front poster covers Labour display at home of aspiring South Thanet MP Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

An aspiring MP has been left unnerved after a National Front sticker was plastered over a Labour Party window display at her home.

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt – the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate for South Thanet – was shocked to discover the far-right group's sticker, which was emblazoned with the disturbing slogan "For Race and Nation".

The fascist party was founded in 1967 and reached the height of its electoral support during the mid-1970s, when it was briefly the UK's fourth-largest party in terms of vote share.

The National Front poster was slapped on a window at the home of aspiring Labour MP Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt (5735116)
The National Front poster was slapped on a window at the home of aspiring Labour MP Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt (5735116)

The cornerstone of its manifesto has always been the compulsory deportation of all non-white immigrants, along with their descendants, to other parts of the world.

Dr Gordon-Nesbitt – who has mixed heritage – has raised questions why her house was targeted.

"It was more than a little disconcerting," she said.

"Many people in Thanet will remember that the National Front marched on the streets many times in the 1990s. We are now seeing a rise of the far-right at home and abroad.

"Rather than tackling the plight of working people - government, minority parties and elements of the media have fanned the flames of discrimination and pitted people against each other. This is a dangerous game that can easily tip over into fascism."

While the prominence of the National Front has diminished in recent years, there remain small factions of the extremist group.

In January 2016, members took part in violent protests in Dover, clashing with anti-fascist groups.

Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt
Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt

During a two-year investigation, 64 people were convicted, resulting in prison sentences totalling 85 years.

Dr Gordon-Nesbitt, who lives in Ramsgate, said: "As part of Kent Anti Racism Network, Thanet campaigners successfully opposed the racists who marched in Dover, and an attempt in 2016 to stage a White Lives Matter march in Margate fizzled out spectacularly in the face of united opposition from the community. The campaign group Calling Time on Racism works with shops, bars and restaurants which refuse to tolerate discrimination; look for their posters and beermats before you decide where to spend your money in Thanet.

"Just a few short weeks ago, we commemorated Remembrance Sunday. After World War II, everyone said 'never again'. To make this promise a reality, we need to stand together against prejudice wherever we encounter it."


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