Don't Vote BNP

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Dear Readers,

TOMORROW it's the local elections when you have the chance to directly influence the future of your cities, towns and communities by casting your vote.

It is a day for you to have your say. It is also a day when Britain will be put to the test.

Far Right extremists the BNP are fielding a record 881 candidates across England, Scotland and Wales.

These preachers of hate and divisiveness doubled the number of council seats they held at last year's elections.

And now they're at it again.

For the past few weeks the Daily Mirror's Hope Not Hate roadshow has toured the UK celebrating all the strengths of our modern, multi-cultural society. Of course, we all know that Britain isn't perfect and the world has become a more unpredictable place in recent times.

But surely Britain is not a place where groups such as the BNP - a party which believes in racial hatred, a party which believes in highlighting what divides us rather than what unites us - should be allowed to flourish?

These so-called values didn't make Britain great. These hate-mongers have no place in a society based on freedom and fairness, equality and tolerance.

So use your vote tomorrow. But use it to send a message to the BNP and others who wish to undermine this great nation of ours.

Vote for Hope and not Hate.

With best wishes,

Amir Khan, Olympic silver medallist; John Terry, England football captain; Sir Alan Sugar, businessman; Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic champion; Meera Syal, actress; Jamie Oliver, chef; Beverley Knight, musician; Sir Richard Branson, businessman; Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager; Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack, Andriy Shevchenko, Michael Essien and Claude Makelele all Chelsea players; Denise Lewis OBE, Olympic champion; Vic Reeves, comedian; Trevor Nelson, Radio 1 DJ; Natasha Bedingfield, musician; Louis Walsh, band manager; Jermaine Jackson, musician; Sanjeev Bhaskar, actor; Rachel Hunter, supermodel; Usher, musician; Alicia Keys, musician; Tupele Dorgu, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Michael Starke, of Coronation Street; Mel B, singer; Denise Van Outen, actress/singer; Corinne Bailey Rae, musician; Ozwald Boateng, designer; Billy Bragg, musician; Martin Bell, journalist; Sinitta, musician; Just Jack, musician; Katie Price, model; Peter Andre, musician; Shane Richie, actor; Cerys Matthews, musician; Konnie Huq, Blue Peter presenter; Charlie and Craig Reid, of The Proclaimers; Gruff Rhys, Huw Bunford, Guto Pryce, Cian Ciaran and Dafydd Ieuan of Super Furry Animals; Maggot, Dwain Xain Zedong, 2Hats, Billy Webb, Eggsy, Mystikal, Mike Balls, Adam Hussain of Goldie Lookin' Chain; Johnny Ball, TV presenter; John Bowler, Ali Bastian, Aml Ameen and Cat Simmons, of The Bill; Shaun Williamson, Extras star; Petra Letang, EastEnders; Lucy Benjamin, actress; Sian Lloyd, weather girl; Antony Costa, singer; Lisa Riley, TV presenter; Tim Kash, MTV presenter; Denise Welch, actress; Sammy Winward, Emmerdale; Kelle Bryan, TV presenter; Sherrie Hewson, actress; Zoe Hardman, TV presenter; Harriet Scott, Heart FM DJ; Coleen Nolan, TV presenter; Lisa I'Anson, DJ; Anna Friel, actress; David Thewlis, actor; Jamelia, musician; Lloyd Honeyghan, boxer; Bill Bailey, comedian; and Theo Walcott, Arsenal player. …