The National Trust has scored a conclusive victory over the efforts of the Restore Trust, an ‘anti-woke’ group, supported by Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg, which for the last three years has tried to infiltrate the National Trust Council by encouraging members to vote for their fielded candidates.
The Trust has had to learn new skills to bat off this orchestrated and well-financed attack, and appears to have risen to the challenge.
National Trust members to the rescue
Participation in the organisation’s AGM hit record levels this year as members rallied in their efforts to support the Trust. A recent poll published by More in Common and UCL Policy Lab showed the Trust to be amongst the nation’s most trusted institutions with levels continuing to rise. More than 156,000 members shared their views on the four resolutions at the AGM.
This year, Restore Trust pulled out their big guns in their attempt to secure a place on the National Trust’s council. The ‘anti-woke’ group fielded a former high court judge as a candidate, together with frequent articles in the Telegraph, and paid-for ads on social media featuring the likes of Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Quite impressive for a supposed ‘grassroots group’.
National Trust election results
But they were to be disappointed in their efforts. All five of the candidates recommended by the National Trust secured their seats on the council.
In response to today’s results, the Trust’s director of communications, Celia Richardson, told Yorkshire Bylines that she is:
‘Delighted that there was a record turnout for this year’s vote and [that] some important issues were debated in public and voted on. A lot of our members have been concerned about some of the things they’ve read and heard in recent months. Today they made their voices heard.’
The Restore Trust failed to secure a single candidate amongst the five elected to the National Trust council.
Stand firm. Together we can hold the line and maintain the truly inclusive and progressive spirit of our Great Britain.
Celia Richardson will be talking with Yorkshire Bylines author Ann Moody in an exclusive interview just as soon as the dust has settled. Watch this space!