Awards Night will take place on the evening of April 21st, when our special guest and recipient of our award to a national figure will be author, journalist, broadcaster and campaigner Paul Mason.
Candidates for the award for a local activist are below.
Vote for one candidate only.
Paid up members only may vote.
Voting closes on Friday 24th March
Nominees for this year’s award are:
Alan has been involved in many campaigns in recent years, particularly on the issues of food waste and social deprivation. He was also a key player in setting up the Junk Food Project, which sources unsold food from supermarkets and uses it to provide cheap or free meals to those living in straitened circumstances. This initiative has been of immense help to the homeless and others experiencing difficulties for whatever reason, not just for the nutrition it provides, but the social contact it encourages. He was also instrumental in setting up the Kitchen, a co-op that provides ethically sourced, reasonable priced vegetarian and vegan food at its outlet on Moor Street. Alan has contributed significantly to the support for refugees, in Bolton and in Calais, organising collections of clothes and toys and delivering them to the refugee camps in Calais. He is a committed anti-racist, climate change awareness campaigner and supporter of worker’s rights.
Alan is nominated for his tireless activism across Bolton. Alan has been a candidate for the Green Party in local elections and a stalwart campaigner on green issues, particularly the anti-fracking campaign of recent years. Alongside his political activity with the Green Party Alan is a consistently active supporter of every campaign of which he is a valued member. Causes to which he has committed himself to include Bolton Against the Bedroom Tax, the Markey re-instatement campaign, defending the NHS, scrapping Trident and the anti-austerity campaign. His is also a committed member of Bolton Trades Council. Few meetings or events take place in Bolton at which Alan is not in attendance and at which he makes his usual passionate contribution. Alan's activism has one constant - his socialist beliefs. He is a principled and loyal comrade.
Martin is a Unite shop steward, activist and secretary of Bolton Trades Council. He was recently elected to the regional committee of Unite. Martin is a great example of a principled trade unionist, seeking to secure safe, secure employment for members whilst improving their terms & conditions year on year. Further to these commendable attributes Martin shows outstanding qualities as a socialist in the energy and commitment he has given to empowering many local groups such as the Bolton Against the Bedroom Tax, People’s Assembly and to environmental campaigns. All these groups are much better equipped as a result of Martin’s tireless work to give a voice to those that politicians try to ignore. Martin is a regular participant in the annual Peterloo Anniversary march into Manchester and the campaign for a permanent memorial to those who died in at St Peter’s Fields in 1819. Martin has also done sterling work in bringing the story of the first recorded victim of domestic violence, Ellen Strange, to the wider public, promoting awareness of campaigns against domestic violence in the process. He has been a leading campaigner against local authority cuts and a vociferous opponent of both corruption and the dead hand of bureaucracy in the labour movement.