There are 12 nominations for 2014's award please vote now. This a reflection of the tremendous work being done in Bolton to fight inequality, injustice, aggressive foreign and policy and indifference to climate change. All nominees would be deserving recipients of the award but from from the 12 nominees the Award Committee had the extremely difficult task of shortlisting three. These are listed below. The award will be presented at Award Evening on Friday 16th January. At that event we will also be presenting an award to world renowned children’s author Alan Gibbons for his tremendous work defending libraries and fighting austerity.
• Vote for one candidate only.
• Paid up members only may vote.
• Voting closes on Thursday 8th January 2015
Brian has given his entire adult life to fighting for socialist principles, from his early days as a member of Communist Party, to being a shop steward at Thomas Ryder's, and later his election to position of full time official with the AEU and subsequent unions. For 30 years he was the scourge of employers across Bolton and beyond, always putting the members first. Now retired he is still active as a school governor, trades council delegate, pensioners association delegate and chair of Bolton Unite branch. It is the view of his principle nominees, and an opinion shared by many, that Brian remains the finest full time official this town has ever seen.
Linda is thedriving force behind the Bolton Against the Bedroom Tax campaign. Her involvement began when the tax was introduced by the coalition government in 2013, shortly after Linda lost her job as a counsellor. Suddenly threatened with the loss of her home, she decided to take action, and with no previous experience of political campaigning, proceeded to build a campaign that has been a bench mark for other anti-bedroom tax groups across Greater Manchester. The campaign has held twenty public meetings around Bolton, organised demonstrations, lobbies of the council and set up a drop-in advice centre. Its petition calling for a no evictions policy was signed by over 4,000 people during hours of petitioning throughout Bolton and handed in to the leader of Bolton Council in August. In addition Linda has undertaken training to become a McKenzie Friend so she can support tenants during court proceedings. Linda has returned to work as a counsellor this year but continues to lead the campaign with tenacity and commitment. Her principle nominees believe that more than any other single figure in Bolton, Linda has given voice and leadership to some of the most vulnerable people in Bolton, and in doing so inspired many others to action.
Malcolm has been a life-long tireless peace activist. Attending the ILP Summer Camp in 1941 as an 11year old school boy, Malcolm got his parents to ask the question, 'Are you a better socialist if you join up, or refuse to join up and go to prison?' The panel’s decision was that socialists should refuse to enlist, and this was featured in the ILP paper the New Leader the following week. In the 1950's Malcolm was jailed as an 'unconditionalist' conscientious objector for refusing to do National Service AND refusing alternative work in forestry and hospital work as well. Now in his 80's Malcolm continues a high level of campaigning activity and recently presented a fascinating talk at Bolton Friends on his uncle, Alfred Evans, a celebrated conscientious objector in WW1. Today Malcolm is the most prominent member of Bolton CND/ Stop War Coalition. His principle nominees believe that given the renewed interest in War and Conscience provoked by the anniversary of WW1 this is the time to recognise Malcolm's brave, selfless and life-long commitment to peace.