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LOCAL people believe the British National Party will win the crucial Millwall ward of Tower Hamlets in next month's local elections, according to an opinion poll published yesterday by the Institute of Community Studies.

Letter: Growing opposition to the BNP among 'islanders'

Sir: John Torode's article on the Isle of Dogs 'Dogfight in the Docklands', 29 March) made my blood boil. He claims that as he canvassed the Barkantine estate 'from nobody is there any principled criticism of the BNP'. His canvassing must have been amazingly selective. There is a large, active and growing opposition to the British National Party both on the Barkantine and every other local estate. On the very day the BNP canvass he talks about took place, the area was covered in anti-racist posters put up by local people.

Dogfight in the Docklands: John Torode joins the 'islanders' of the British National Party as they campaign to take over a traditional Labour stronghold

'ALL RIGHT, Del boy?' yells a thickset bloke with a spectacular beer belly, pushing a pram across the crowded pedestrian precinct in the middle of the Barkantine council estate. Councillor Derek Beackon, a short, stocky, Alf Garnett lookalike, waves his team to a halt, blinks from behind heavy glasses, identifies the caller among the shoppers and shouts back a long drawn out, triumphal 'All right]' accompanied by a thumbs-up sign.

Lib Dems set to limit Asian poll candidates: Tower Hamlets party fears BNP voting surge

Liberal Democrats have drawn up plans to replace Asian council candidates with whites in areas of racial tension in east London.

Lib Dem man in council race row short-listed

ONE OF the Tower Hamlets Liberal Democrats who 'pandered' to racism has been approved as a potential candidate for the Millwall ward captured by the British National Party in a by-election.

Pembroke: Hard cell for Van der Valk. Gerrit?

It is a scene that might have sprung from one of the scripts of Van der Valk, the 1960s television series about a Dutch detective. Gerrit van der Valk (no relation), founder of one of the Netherlands' most successful hotel and restaurant chains, has been arrested on a Caribbean island on charges of tax fraud.

OFF WEST END / Hanging by a thread

It isn't easy to write about Shiny Nylon, a new production from the Women's Playhouse Trust. To see it, you have to travel to a remote corner of east London, beyond the Isle of Dogs, where you sit in a freezing cold Victorian shed wondering what on earth is going on while a woman in a velvet dress stalks up and down waving a large nickel-plated automatic pistol and shouting 'Tell me what you feel, you dumb fuck,' over and over. This is, you feel, not a good starting-point for a review. On the other hand, maybe it's all the review Shiny Nylon needs.

Blacks-only housing brings ghetto fears

A HOUSING development specifically for black tenants has been built on the Isle of Dogs in east London, creating fears of a ghetto in an area where a British National Party councillor was elected last year.

Property: London's going to the docks: Confidence is returning to Docklands and bargain homes are being snapped up there, says Anne Spackman

An agent and a house-builder were reeling off the occupations of their most recent customers in Docklands. The agent, Savills, is based in converted warehouse territory in Wapping, on the north bank of the Thames. The builder, Barratt, is across the water in Rotherhithe. Savills' list went like this: media, advertising, lawyer, property developer, broker, policeman, dentist, doctor, architect - all professionals, half of them working in the City. Barratt's list was: taxi driver, motorcycle messenger, cabin crew from London City Airport, dentist - many of them locals moving to the river from the hinterland.

Body found in car

A chase on the Isle of Dogs, east London, ended when two men fled from a car, leaving a body on the back seat. Police arrested one man but were searching for another.

Short-lived bang begins extension to Jubilee Line: Christian Wolmar sees John Major launch the 10-mile London Underground project designed to 'bring prosperity to sleeping Dogs'

IN THE shadow of the Canary Wharf tower that dominates the east London skyline, John Major warned yesterday that there was going to be 'a lot of mess, a lot of noise and a lot of disruption ahead of us'.

Letter: Beware, falling rockets

Sir: So Caithness may become Britain's Cape Canaveral (report, 3 December). Nick Parsons, the government spokesman who waxed lyrical about the unbroken vista of sea and ice from the Pentland Firth to the North Pole must have been there in grim weather, or he would have been less certain that bits of his rockets could not fall on human heads. The Orcadians, whose islands are normally visible from the Caithness shore of the Pentland Firth, may have a less optimistic view. Shetlanders, Faroese and Icelanders may also prove small- minded about the prospect of passing away courtesy of Mr Parsons' 'fall away' rocket stages. Or is 'everyone's a polar bear past Caithness' the official view? It looks rather like the assumption that radiation from Dounreay could do no harm as 'nobody' lives there. I suggest the Isle of Dogs as an alternative location for the rockets.

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold: The least racist nation

MAY I be the first to leap into print to condemn in the strongest possible terms - 'most unsavoury', 'highly disagreeable', 'frankly regrettable', 'dreadfully inappropriate' - the election of a member of the so-called British National Party to represent the plucky if beleaguered folk of the Isle of Dogs?

Breeding for Britain: They see their role as furthering the white race. Suzanne Glass spoke to some of the women the BNP likes to keep out of the spotlight

Isabelle Hernon sits in a Soho cafe and, oblivious to eavesdroppers, talks in dulcet tones about keeping the British race pure. 'I would disown my children if they ever brought home an Asian or a black. It would be breaking the blood line wouldn't it?'

Public Services Management: Counting the cost of autonomy: Paul Gosling reports on the reorganisation of the London borough of Tower Hamlets

TOWER HAMLETS has an unfortunate reputation. It has long been regarded as one of the least efficient councils in the country, and its image was further tarnished last month with the first-ever election victory for a representative of the neo-Nazi British National Party.
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