The History of
The Patriotic Forum
Although the name The Patriotic
Forum was first used by a Neo-Imperialist organisation operating in Durban,
South Africa, during the 1980s, the title was also subsequently used for
umbrella events staged by a number of patriotic organisations in the UK during
the 1990s and 2000s. In 2016 Mr.Dennis Delderfield, the founder and National Chairman of one of
these movements, New Britain,
suggested that an official merger between these constituent organisations
should be enacted. Sadly Dennis Delderfield died
later that year, but in early 2017 his wishes came to fruition when The Swinton Circle
(which had earlier merged with The 343
Group) formally united with
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Swinton Castle in Yorkshire, where the
Subsequently, however, The Swinton Circle expanded its membership, and welcomed
members from all backgrounds who supported traditional Conservative. Unionist and Neo-Imperialist principles (though membership by
anyone associated with extremist organisations from either wing of the
political spectrum were always prohibited), an expansion which came into effect
in 1996 when a new constitution was approved. It held regular meetings
Swinton Circle stalwart Ian Newman (left) pictured with Douglas Carswell (right), the then Conservative and later UKIP MP for Harwich and Clacton, at the Swinton Circle's 2006 Summer Buffet where Mr. Carswell was Guest of Honour.
On 22nd July 2008 a severe crisis engulfed The Swinton Circle
when a planned meeting of the organisation was gate-crashed by a small group of
uninvited and unwelcome trouble-makers with known neo-fascist links, who had
the clear intention of disrupting the meeting which was to be addressed by a
leading member of the UK National Defence
Association, whose views they were evidently opposed to. Thanks to the
quick thinking of the then Chairman this potential problem was quickly defused,
but it subsequently came to light that the erstwhile Organiser of The Swinton Circle
had been in league with the trouble-makers. As a result all operations of the
organisation were suspended for several months until an Emergency General
Meeting could be staged. This EGM was eventually held on
Following the crisis of 2008, and the subsequentjection
of more moribund elements, The Swinton Circle became a far more pro-active patriotic
and neo-Imperialist organisation. As well as initiating a number of
press-campaigns advocating policies which it espouses, The Swinton Circle also gave its active
support to various events staged by like-minded organisations. In February 2009
a delegation of Swinton Circle members attended a "Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression" festival in
The Swinton Circle was also involved in a number of single-issue campaigns, which included :-
1. Full support for Western forces fighting the War Against Islamic Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan etc.
3. A restoration of capital punishment for pre-meditated murder and high treason.
4. A campaign to abolish the BBC licence fee.
5. A campaign advocating the doubling of Defence spending.
6. Lobbying for subsidised holidays in Commonwealth countries for under-privileged British citizens.
7. A campaign to include One Mile events in future Olympic and Paralympic Games.
8. A campaign to initiate regular
In October 2005 a delegation of Swinton Circle members visited
Perhaps the most successful and widely-publicised event undertaken by The Swinton Circle was a large conference/dinner held on 16th June 2012 in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Enoch Powell. This event was actually held in conjunction with a number of other patriotic and neo-Imperialist organisations, and was one of the events where the umbrella title of The Patriotic Forum was used. Held appropriately in the Trafalgar Room of a prestigious central London club the conference side of proceedings featured four high-profile guest speakers: Mr. Roger Helmer MEP (who spoke on "Was Enoch right about the economy"), Mr. Roy Painter (who spoke on "Was Enoch right about immigration"), Mr. Michael Shrimpton LLB (who spoke on "Was Enoch right about Europe") and Mr. Andrew Hunter (who spoke on "Was Enoch right about Ulster and the Union"). The conference was followed by a sumptuous 3-course meal including roast beef and Yorkshire pudding - Enoch Powell's favourite dish! Pictured above are (left) one of the tables of attendees at the dinner, and (right) three of the guest speakers: Roger Helmer MEP, Roy Painter and Michael Shrimpton.
In October 2013 the Swinton Circle received the very great honour of being invited to provide a speaker to oppose the motion "This House believes that there is no place for the Death Penalty in the Rule of Law" in a debate being staged by the prestigious Philosophical Society of Trinity College, Dublin University. The Swinton Circle's executive committee chose the Chairman of the organisation, Mr.Alan Harvey, to represent the organisation in this debate, which proved to be a great occasion and raised The Swinton Circle's profile significantly.
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The late, great, Dennis Delderfield
In order to emphasise its solidarity with the Commonwealth and Britain’s overseas territories New Britain held annual events on the national days of the lands in question, most notably :-
· Australia Day each 26th January, when a ceremony was regularly staged at the statuette of Admiral Arthur Philip (the founder of Sydney and the first Governor of New South Wales) outside St.Paul’s Cathedral.
· New Zealand Day each 6th February, when a short ceremony was once staged at the statue of Capt. James Cook in The Mall.
Day each 1st July, when a special event was once staged to pay
respects at the grave of Gen. James Wolfe in
· Gibraltar Day each 10th September, when prominent Gibraltarians were regularly invited to address meetings.
Battle Day each 8th December, when
A scene from
In addition, being a staunchly Unionist organisation, New Britain regularly celebrated the various saint days and other annual events associated with the component parts of the United Kingdom, when members and supporters of the organisation would attend events in the various capital cities, namely: St.David’s Day in Cardiff, St.George’s Day in London, Battle of the Boyne Day in Belfast and St.Andrew’s Day in Edinburgh. In 2014, moreover, shortly prior to the Scottish Constitutional Referendum, New Britain organised a most impressive “Keep the United Kingdom United” demonstration in the City of London, which involved a march through the streets of the city followed by a festival of Scottish singing and dancing at St.Sepulcre’s Church.
The head of the procession at
The highlight of New Britain’s year was always the annual Goldsmith Lecture, named in honour of the great EuroSceptic activist and founder of the Referendum Party, Sir James Goldsmith, at which a prominent Conservative politician would give an address on an important issue of the day. Pictured above are three of the most prominent personalities who addressed a Goldsmith Lecture: Lord [Norman] Tebbit (left), Sir Teddy Taylor (centre) and Zac Goldmith MP (right).
Through his position as a Common Councilman of the City of
The History of The 343 Group
The 343 Group was founded in 2005 by Mr. Brian Danes with assistance from Ms. Lindsay Jenkins. It was originally intended to act as a mouthpiece for all those Conservative supporters who lived in constituencies without Conservative MPs (hence the name!). The organisation never had any formal membership however, and indeed rarely held meetings of its own, but it did produce a number of well-researched and highly acclaimed “Fact Sheets”, which can be viewed here.