National Trust chief urges staff to back charity's bosses in key vote

National Trust bosses urge staff to vote against ‘war on wokecampaign set up by rebellious members furious at charity’s direction

  • Charity has been embroiled in a battle with a splinter group called Restore Trust
  • Members are enraged by way some properties have been ‘blacklisted
  • Trust’s director of communications Celia Richardson wrote internal message
  • She urged staff to vote against what she called ‘organised campaigners
  • A senior figure at the National Trust has called on staff to vote in support of bosses at an upcoming membersmeeting as she hit out a ‘war on wokecampaign being carried out by disgruntled rebels.

    The charity has been embroiled in a battle with a splinter group called Restore Trust (逆转录) whose members have become enraged by the way some of its properties have been ‘blacklistedover alleged links to colonialism and slavery.

    There was also uproar in 2017 when stately home volunteers in Norfolk were ordered to wear gay pride badges, before the National Trust reversed the policy in the face of quit threats from helpers.

    多于 6,000 current and former members including Tory MPs have thrown their weight behind the RT splinter group, with more than £40,000 raised in a ‘fighting fundto help battle ‘anti-wokepolicies and as a forum ‘discuss concerns about the future of the charity’.

    Restore Trust has backed six candidates for empty positions on the Trust’s 36-seat governing council and members will today be able to vote for them, as well as issues such as the treatment of volunteers.

    But Celia Richardson, the Trust’s director of communications, has provoked uproar by writing to staff to urge them to vote against what she called ‘organised campaignerswho she said have ‘their sights set on our AGM and the papers calling it a ‘war on woke’.

    Former staff members told The 电报 that the vote request was a break with convention and that in previous meetings staff were told to give up their membership and abstain.

    The Trust’s director general Hilary McGrady and interim chairman Orna NiChionna, are also understood to have written to staff urging them to vote.

    In response to her internal letter, a Restore Trust spokesman said it was ‘clearly inappropriatefor the charity to be putting its staff ‘under pressureand added that they are trying to ‘protect their cosy fiefdom and ignore the deafening sound of discontent.

    The culture war tearing apart the National Trust was ramped up further today after bosses turned on a group of 'anti-woke' campaigners. 图为: Winston Churchill's Chartwell home in Kent, which was embroiled in controversy when the NT 'blacklisted' the property in 2020

    A senior figure at the National Trust has called on staff to vote in support of bosses at an upcoming membersmeeting as she hit out a ‘war on wokecampaign being carried out by disgruntled rebels. 以上: Winston Churchill’s Chartwell home in Kent, which was embroiled in controversy when the NT ‘blacklistedthe property in 2020

    Ms Richardson also told staff to ‘encourage every member you know to use their voteand sent an email reminder to employees on the day that online voting closed last week ahead of the meeting.

    The senior staff member also recently tweeted: ‘This so-called ‘war on wokenessis a serious issue. The Trust has serve the nation for 126 years by unifying millions.

    ‘Organised ideological campaigns can do real damage.

    Celia Richardson, the Trust's director of communications has written to staff

    Celia Richardson, the Trust’s director of communications has written to staff

    The Trust told The Telegraph that voting reminders were a matter of ‘good practiceand that there was no ‘pressureto vote. MailOnline has approached the charity for comment.

    本月初, the Trust suggested it was being used as a ‘punchbagby RT and their supporters, who they accused of waging an ‘ideological campaignagainst it.

    他们在一份声明中说: ‘Our national institutions need healthy and respectful debate if they’re going to thrive and be handed on to serve future generations, as they have served so many in the past and present. They must not be used as a punchbag, to divide people, or led by extreme views.

    ‘Our founders set out to protect and promote places of historic interest and natural beauty for the benefit of the nation.

    ‘That means we are for everyone. Whether you’re black or white, straight or gay, right or left wing’.

    RT was established earlier this year amid anger at a sensational 115-page report which ‘blacklisted’ 93 of the National Trust’s estates over their alleged links to slavery – 包括肯特的查特韦尔, 温斯顿·丘吉尔爵士的家.

    The charity has been embroiled in a battle with a splinter group called Restore Trust (逆转录) whose members have become enraged by the way some of its properties have been 'blacklisted' over alleged links to colonialism and slavery. 以上: A staff member at the Trust's Petworth House in July last year

    The charity has been embroiled in a battle with a splinter group called Restore Trust (逆转录) whose members have become enraged by the way some of its properties have been ‘blacklistedover alleged links to colonialism and slavery. 以上: A staff member at the Trust’s Petworth House in July last year

    Among the six council candidates backed by RT for election is Stephen Green, the head of a Christian fundamentalist lobbying group, who accuses the National Trust of being overly concerned with ‘LGBQT+ issues’, 报告 守护者.

    绿色的, who says he has no link to RT, said if elected he would ensure ‘future donors feel safe from the Trust poring over their past and inventing salacious details of an imagined private life’.

    The splinter group is backed by Sir John Hayes, head of the Conservative Party’s Common Sense Group, and Neil Bennett who oversees RT’s ever-growing list of donors.

    RT has been buoyed by increasing numbers of MPs, campaigners and National Trust members who back their goals to revert the 126-year-old charity to an ‘apolitical’ 州.

    在 2017, the charity came under fire after it emerged that the Trust had tried to force volunteers at a Norfolk mansion to wear the gay pride rainbow symbol on lanyards and badges to mark 50 同性恋非刑事化以来的几年 – 后来慈善机构的要求下降了.

    RT lists its aims as restoring the Trust’s ‘apolitical ethosand helping it return to ‘doing what it does bestby maintaining historic buildings, interiors and artefacts, gardens and countryside to the ‘highest standard’.

    It also plans to reinstate ‘the aesthetic experienceof the Trust’s historic houses and gardens ‘so that visitors can enjoy them visually, spatially, and sometimes peacefully, without intrusive interpretation.

    在 2017, the charity came under fire after it emerged that the Trust had tried to force volunteers at a Norfolk mansion to wear the gay pride rainbow symbol on lanyards and badges to mark 50 同性恋非刑事化以来的几年. [File picture]

    在 2017, the charity came under fire after it emerged that the Trust had tried to force volunteers at a Norfolk mansion to wear the gay pride rainbow symbol on lanyards and badges to mark 50 同性恋非刑事化以来的几年. [File picture]

    Following the report, critics slammed the decision from National Trust bosses to move the historic charity in a ‘bourgeois’ 并且在政治上是正确的’ 方向.

    Ex-chairman Tim Parker sensationally quit just 24 hours after furious members launched an ‘anti-wokevote of no confidence in a bid to depose him in the wake of the findings.

    在去年11月的虚拟年度会议上, 帕克先生因将“黑人生活问题”描述为“没有党派政治派别的人权运动而受到抨击”’ 在致会员的信中.

    在英国, 去年夏天在美国,乔治·弗洛伊德(George Floyd)被谋杀后,BLM要求对警察进行资金处分.

    在会议上讲话, 帕克先生说‘我们不是BLM的成员’ 并补充说,他希望“信托基金会”成员能够看到““信托基金会绝不会成为被一群醒来的民间人士或任何类似性质的人接管的政治组织”.

    帕克先生 – 谁扮演的角色 2014 – 说该基金会“致力于反种族主义并致力于建立多元化, 包容和热情的环境。’

    多于 6,000 current and former members have thrown their weight behind RT, with over £40,000 raised in a 'fighting fund' to help battle the charity's 'anti-woke' policies. 图为: Neil Bennett of Restore Trust, who oversees the group's ever-growing list of donors

    多于 6,000 current and former members have thrown their weight behind RT, with over £40,000 raised in a ‘fighting fundto help battle the charity’s ‘anti-woke’ 政策. 图为: Neil Bennett of Restore Trust, who oversees the group’s ever-growing list of donors

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