Annual General Meeting 2012 review - conservatives rising!
The Traditional Britain Group held a successful Annual General Meeting, followed by an excellent and informative talk from Matthew Pollard of Migration Watch, last Saturday.
An enthusiastic array of TBG members discussed the successes of 2011 and the future plans for 2012 – whilst the new committee (Louis Welcomme, Liam Stokes, Calum Heaton-Gent, Henry Hopwood-Phillips, George Jones and Gregory Lauder-Frost) was announced.
2011 – solid digital foundations
Successes in 2011 highlighted included the establishment of a successful and stunning website, the rebranding of the TBG, successful growth on Facebook and Twitter and the start of a successful e-newsletter marketing effort. The Traditional Britain website receives an average of 500 unique visitors a month, whilst the Facebook page and Twitter page combined has nearly 1500 subscribers. Other successes of note included the acceptance of the position of Presdient by Lord Sudeley, the establishment of multiple local groups, a successful 2011 dinner with Gerard Batten MEP as the guest of honour and the purchase of a video camera for the group.
2012 – the future: growth and localism
2012 will be a vital year for the Traditional Britain Group – and this sentiment was reflected in a lively AGM. A particular focus was made on the concept of the Traditional Britain Group growing virally at a local level – through friends and wider traditional conservative networks. The Traditional Britain Group can provide THE home to traditional conservatives from a variety of organisations, groups, educational institutions, clubs and parties looking for a genuine fight back in conservative thought and action. The line must be held – and pushed back against socialism, liberalism and unrestrained globalism, and this depends on a strong set of radical traditionalist and conservative ideas - ideas that have been lacking in so called conservative groups over past 50 years.
The local groups were emphasised as an essential development for 2012. Whilst the Traditional Britain Group central committee will be meeting on a regular basis via skype, local groups must also become active – relying on local members to organise, host and push forward local activities, even if it means starting with a friendly social in the local pub. In 2012 The Traditional Britain Group will be designing various printed materials – including leaflets, business cards, stickers and banners - for members and local groups to distribute to targeted audiences – helping with the core aim of building our membership and supporter base.
Other issues mentioned included the vital importantance of the Traditional Britain Group’s need to adopt a professional approach to public relations – perhaps the one area of marketing in which it lacks. A large database of blogs, journalists, influencers, speakers, writers, organisations and groups will be targeted with regular press releases – especially encouraging co-operation and shared awareness campaigns among like minded groups. This reflects the Traditional Britain Group's aim to become a central focal point from which a wide church of traditionalist and conservative movements can fight back in the cultural, social, intellectual and political sphere – effective public relations is essential to this.
In the more immediate term the committee was very pleased to announce that the Traditional Britain Group will be taking a lead in the celebration of Enoch Powell’s 100th birthday. The Enoch Powell Centenary Dinner will take place on the 16th of June at a prestigious central London venue – we expect this to be a very popular event. More details to come. It was also announced that a joint conference with the Quaterly Review - ‘Reclaiming the Right – A Radical Conservative Alternative’ will take place in the autumn, again more details will be announced soon.
The Annual General Meeting ended on a positive note with the open and detailed accounts showing a positive balance.
Following the AGM Matthew Pollard of Migration Watch gave a fantastic talk – providing an array of intriguing statistics on immigration.
I would like to conclude by quoting an email from one of our members that appropriately reflects a fantastic 2011 for The Traditional Britain Group:
“...the new website is one of the best I have ever seen, and is a magnificent showcase for our ideals and policies. The TBG is an excellent concept - a wide circle, not a limiting and narrow party; a broadcaster of ideas and culture, especially to conservative-minded people who are intellectually starved and ultimately betrayed by a Conservative Party interested only in banking, capitalism and globalism. I hope, too, that patriotic people from the Labour Party will see our website, and understand that there is a political force in Britain which believes in community, country, social conscience, employment and training, a health service which serves the British people, and a sense of spiritual wellbeing - a Britain of public libraries, not superstores; of green fields and greenbelts, rather than depressing "new towns" and dead-end housing estates. It is so inspiring and reassuring that we have a younger generation of right-wingers who are very interested in culture and ideas. The website is magnificent - so much better than all that dreary "Conservative Home" rubbish. We are the true Tories, and the website has a striking modern feel (in the best sense of the word) yet is crammed with soundness and lively, sometimes unusual angles!”
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