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NASTY TOWER HAMLETS CAMPAIGN YET TO MATERIALISE

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The Guardian carries a special feature on the 'malevolence' in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets in the run ...
The Guardian carries a special feature on the 'malevolence' in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets in the run up to next month's local elections (p9).

Official Liberal Democrat candidates 'despise' independent Liberal and both in turn hate Labour. The BNP simply hates everyone - except local people, says the paper.

But there is no sign yet of the nasty campaign which was predicted here after BNP councillor, Derek Beackon, won a seat last September.

Leader of the ruling block of Liberal Democrats, Peter Hughes, says the borough had attracted unwanted notoriety for having the only BNP councillor in Britain. Race is not the main issue in the borough, he says.

But the paper comments that Mr Hughes is only able to present 'meek' campaign themes, such as clean streets and 'fair' attitudes.

Meanwhile, Mr Beackon has a new press officer after displaying ignorance on every aspect of local government on national radio, and wanders around his ward protected by bodyguards.

The paper comments that the BNP only won a seat by a slim 7 votes and that Labour are current favourites on the Isle of Dogs.

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