UNION leaders in Huddersfield are urging workers to unite against the British National Party at next year's council elections.

The call comes as members of Huddersfield Trades Union Council prepare for their annual meeting on Wednesday at the Labour Rooms, Cross Church Street.

John Campbell, chairman of the Unite Against Fascism campaign in Yorkshire, who will speak at the meeting, said there had been a rise in racism and anti-Islamic feeling since the London bombings in July.

Mr Campbell said the bombings had been condemned by all communities in Britain - underlining the need for unity in the face of attempts to divide society.

"The BNP has attempted to whip up racism in the aftermath of the bombings," he said. "The BNP hope to gain votes by encouraging hostility towards Muslims."

Huddersfield TUC secretary Bob Stoker urged support for the Unite Against Fascism campaign in the run-up to the 2006 council elections.