What we did in 2012

We were formally established in Bradford on March 9th 2012. Over the last year we’ve gradually built up our membership, had a significant influence in the media, and developed a strong and supportive steering group. Here are some of our key activities last year:

  • 120 people attended our launch event in Bradford City Hall; we received extensive regional and national publicity and had a robust debate with campaigners for an English Parliament
  • We have spoken at over 20 different outside events, including Labour Party, trade union, and non-aligned groups including University of the 3rd Age!
  • We have built up a strong body of patrons including several MPs, peers and campaigners
  • Our own events have been well supported: our fringe meeting during Labour Party conference in Manchester was brilliant, with over 70 turning up
  • Our parliamentary reception at the House of Commons was well attended by MPs, peers and HMF supporters, despite being in the attic
  • We’ve had a well-supported early day motion and an adjournment debate in the House of Commons, thanks to our president, Linda Riordan
  • Our summer school held at the Westwood Centre in the Colne Valley was an enjoyable, productive and fun event which generated lots of good ideas
  • We had a strong presence at Durham Miners’ Gala, NW Labour Party Conference, Chesterfield May Day and Wigan Diggers’ Festival
  • Our Christmas Party in Sowerby Bridge brought together many friends and supporters in a convivial atmosphere to hear Martin Wainwright talk about ‘True North’
  • We have had extensive media coverage, through news reports in the regional media, letters in The Guardian and elsewhere, and features in magazines such as Red Pepper, Chartist, Yorkshire Post and numerous web-based magazines
  • Our website has gradually developed and we are nearly at the stage of launching a re-vamped version. We are on facebook and twitter