Review of the Year 2017 – in numbers
On 4th December, Stratford for Europe celebrated a year’s campaigning activities with an Open Meeting attended by members of the Steering Group and many of our supporters – a total of fifty in all who enjoyed an evening of reflection and debate as well as Christmas cheer and mince pies (plus many other goodies). Many thanks to those who turned out and to everyone who has supported us over the year.
What we’ve achieved this year…
1 member of the Steering Group elected to the National Council of the European Movement – well done George
2 MEPs approached:
- Daniel Dalton who was interviewed by members of the Steering Group
- Neena Gill who came to give us a talk with Q&A
2 anti-Brexit conferences in London, one in May (Henry Porter) and one in October (B4E) with two MPs lobbied (Nadhim Zahawi and Matt Western) (we felt) he was sympathetic to our views but wouldn’t commit to being anti-Brexit
2 Regional meetings here in Stratford – reps from groups from alpha order Banbury, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Oxford, Stoke on Trent, West Mercia (Malvern)
2 affiliations – B4E and EM, we’ve attended their national meetings and come home with lots of advice and contacts
3 party conferences where we attended rallies : Labour in Bournemouth, Lib Dems in Brighton and Conservatives in Manchester
3 marches : London, Manchester and London again
3 MPs questioned during the hustings for the election campaign
5 speakers : Prof Anthony Grayling, Brendan Donnelly (Federal Trust), Professor Michael Dougan (Liverpool – and coming to Warwick in Feb), Jon Danzig (independent journalist), Hugo Dixon (Editor of Infacts.org)
Several visits to hear and or interview other public figures – TUC officials, Sir Keir Starmer, the Mayor of Stratford, our MPs
Numerous outings in Stratford: leafletting sessions, street stalls with our battle bike (courtesy of Charlie and Daz), a demo outside the Crowne Plaza and now an ongoing programme of opinion surveys, second Saturday in each month in town. We’d like to request more volunteers so that we can increase the frequency as well as taking the SSSs around the District into local towns and villages.
Oodles: letters to the local paper, to our MPs and to national politicians – even got a response from Hilary Benn saying he was ‘on the case’ regarding disclosure of Impact Assessments (George)
Hundreds of likes and followers on Facebook and Twitter – Fantastic increase in the reach of our very successful social media (Jo, Mark, Claudine) latest figures will be in our December Newsletter.
Most important thing is that we’ve learned how to be campaigners, how to approach people who don’t share our views and persuade them to change their minds.