Press Release: Welsh pro-Europeans condemn decision by Assembly Members to speak at far-right rally

Pro-European campaigners in Wales have strongly condemned a decision by two UKIP Assembly Members to speak at a “pro-Brexit rally” in Cardiff, after it emerged that the rally is being organised by a far-right group that promotes hate speech against Muslims.

Neil Hamilton, AM for Mid and West Wales and Gareth Bennett, AM for South Wales Central, have been confirmed as speakers for the rally, which is due to take place at the National Assembly for Wales on 13 January 2018, and is organised by the People’s Charter Foundation.[1]

The website of People’s Charter is full of anti-Islamic rhetoric, and prominently features a campaign for London Mayor Sadiq Khan to be sacked, claiming without any compelling evidence that he is “relaxed about Islamic terror.”[2]

The leader of People’s Charter is Luke Nash-Jones, who is also due to speak at the Cardiff rally. He has released a video of himself at a far-right anti-Islam march where Tommy Robinson was speaking. In the video he calls the Prophet Mohammed a “paedophile”.[3]

Phil Doré, chair of European Movement Cardiff and Vale said, “People’s Charter’s comments about Sadiq Khan read like an outrageous slur. Cardiff is a city that rightly prides itself on openness and diversity. Their rhetoric has no place here.”

Jayne Richmond, chair of European Movement Wales said, “Most people in Wales, regardless of whether they support or oppose Brexit, want nothing to do with this sort of hate speech. If Neil Hamilton and Gareth Bennett truly want to represent Wales, they could start by withdrawing from this event.”

For further information contact Phil Doré, Chair, European Movement Cardiff and Vale on 07490492013


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Pro-EU rally in Cardiff – Tuesday 28 June 18:00

Cardiff, our capital city, voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU.

There will be, as in other pro-EU cities and towns across the UK, a rally to show our support for the EU and European co-operation on Tuesday in the Hayes at 18:00.

You can join the event and contact the event’s organisers via Facebook.

Members of European Movement Wales and Cardiff YEM will be there.

This is a time to show friendship and co-operation.

EGM for Cardiff YEM – 22 Feb 2016

Friends and supporters, the Cardiff branch of the Young European Movement (YEM) are holding an EGM to elect a full committee tomorrow at 21:00(GMT) at Cardiff Central bar.

All YEM members living, working, or studying in Cardiff are welcome to attend and vote. If you are under 35 and would like to join you can do so for £5 on the night, or via the YEM website.

Please contact Acting Chair of Cardiff YEM, Michael Arapis, on 07414657351 for more details.