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Welsh politicians stand up for diversity

Rachel Charman April 20, 2007
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Political leaders from across the political divide are to join together to promote tolerance and diversity across Wales.

The leaders of Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid and the Welsh Liberal Democrats, as well as other parties, will take part in Hope not Hate Sunday, an event organised by anti-facism group Wales Friends of Searchlight.

WFoS have set the date Sunday 22nd April for the event.

It comes as a direct response the British National Party’s decision to stand in every regional list seat in the National Assembly elections on 3rd May.

Hope not Hate Sunday will be launched across Wales with political leaders, election candidates and supportive organisations outlining their views on tolerance and progression in Wales.

WFoS organisers have called the event: “A unique opportunity for all mainstream political parties and candidates to lay down their arms for a short while and jointly call for a Wales built on tolerance, respect and equality.”

Cardiff based Darron Dupre, Secretary of Wales Friends of Searchlight, said:

“It says everything about the gut instincts of people in Wales, that all of our mainstream political parties and candidates have embraced this unique and special day to promote hope, not hate.

“That instinct flies in the face of everything far right parties such as the BNP stand for.

“Hope not Hate Sunday will be an opportunity for our political parties to say to the people of Wales where they stand on promoting diversity and tolerance.”

The day will be completed with Cardiff’s Unite Against Racism Music Festival.

This will include a family fun day from 5-8pm with face painting and open mike’s, and later performances from bands from every culture across south Wales between 8-2am.

Hope Not Hate Sunday Launch:

South Wales: Outside the Senedd Building in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff at 10.30am

North Wales Launch: Outside Flint Town Hall, Flint at 10.30am

Cardiff Unite Against Racism Music Festival: Callaghan’s, Castle Street, Cardiff. Admission £3. For further information see:

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