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CLLR Barbara Dunne has insisted she does not want BNP GLA member Richard Barnbrook linked to her (I Don't Want This Man To Be Linked to Me (News, 22.5.09).

The ire of Cllr Dunne, who is to be afforded sympathy because she lost her son Richard to a knife-related murder, has arisen over the formation of a group against knife crime called London Mothers Against Knives, launched by Mr Barnbrook at the urging of concerned parents. The name is similar to Cllr Dunne's own group, Mothers Against Knives.

The Gazette is to be commended for publishing both sides of the issue..

In the Gazette, Cllr Dunne said: "He's making it (London Mothers Against Knives (look like he's linked to me." GLA member Barnbrook said: "This was a non-political event set up by local people which I took up and championed on their behalf." Cllr Dunne: "He's making it look like he's a branch of mine." GLA member Barnbrook: "One of them (a Barking and Dagenham parent) said 'Let's call it Mothers Against Knives.' I said 'Fine, let's call it that'." The Gazette reports that on learning of the existence of another group by that name, GLA member Barnbrook acted upon legal advice and inserted the word London into the title.

Cllr Dunne will achieve nothing by engaging in a personal vendetta against another anti-knife campaigner simply because she doesn't like his politics.

ALAN O'REILLY, Guisborough
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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