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About the Attwood Group

The Attwood Group began to gather in 2002 in memory of Thomas Attwood (1783-1856) who campaigned for the 1831 Reform Bill and was one of the city’s first two MPs.

He was a democrat who opposed the growing mood of centralism at Westminster and promoted measures which would lead to full employment, peace and prosperity, regarding foreign trade as incidental to the nation’s wealth.

The group believes that these measures need implementing today and to this end presents annual Attwood Awards to individuals or organisations who work for participative decentralised democracy, strengthening of regional economies or economic and monetary reform.