The Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB) is a non-party political campaigning organisation of people from all walks of life. It is the UK’s longest-running membership organisation for freedom, democracy and independence.
For over 50 years the CIB has made a significant contribution in campaigning on issues important to the majority of our population, and in securing our exit from the European Union. Now it’s time for the next chapter.
CIB is on the up again
We are pleased to announce developments at CIB which we are sure you will warmly welcome. Our aims and objectives are:
Britain’s relationship with the European Union is one that sits above party politics and one doesn’t have to be a member of any particular political party. In CIB we have members from all the major political parties, trades unionists, environmentalists, businessmen, students, journalists as well as members of both Houses of Parliament who are united in their belief that Britain’s membership of the European Union has been a great error for this country.
Leigh is Chairman and Founder of Facts4EU.Org, the most prolific researcher and publisher of Brexit facts in the world for the last seven years. He was formerly Vice-Chairman of the Brexit Coalition and is currently Vice-Chairman of a City think-tank as well as being Chairman of the China Analysis Group.
He was a Founder and Director of several successful companies and was Non-executive Director of many others, including a PLC. He has been a Life Fellow of the RSA since 1993, following his nomination by Council.
Since his appointment some months ago Leigh has brought a dynamism and vitality to CIB and has been busy assembling a great team to drive us forward.
Professor Daniel Hodson is a former Finance Director of a FTSE 100 Company and Nationwide Building Society, former President and Chairman of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, former CEO and Regulatory Responsible Officer of LIFFE, former Chairman of the University of Winchester, and of the Design and Artists Copyright Society, a former director of the London Clearing House and of the Post Office, and lectured whilst Gresham Professor of Commerce on mutual organisations and governance.
He has been involved in Brexit for over a decade as former Chairman of the OpCo of The People’s Pledge, Treasurer of Business for Britain, current Director of Vote Leave, and Chairman of The City for Britain and the CityUnited Project.
Jim Reynolds has been on the Committee of the CIB for 36 years and is the longest serving member.
After spending eight years in Canada working in sales he returned to the UK in 1976 to take up a similar position. Whilst in Canada, the UK joined the “Common Market”. On his return he realised that it was not a Common Market but a stealth move for a Federal Europe. This prompted him to join the CIB.
Jim was the prime organiser for the distribution of CIB literature over many years, culminating in approximately 3 million leaflets being sent out prior to the Referendum in 2016. He was also the Chairman for the monthly Saturday meetings in London of the many CIB branches throughout the UK.
In addition he has represented the CIB with conference speeches for both the Greek and French anti-EU organisations.
Jim was one of the Founders of a PLC property company which was sold on his retirement and continues to act as our Honorary Secretary.
Stuart Notholt, a long-standing Committee member
Jim Reynolds, also our Honorary Secretary
Anthony Scholefield, director of the think tank Futurus
Lord Pearson of Rannoch was made a life peer on 18 June 1990 for services to the insurance industry, sitting as a Conservative. He is the co-founder of a pro free trade think-tank, Global Britain, which publishes research on the BBC’s EU coverage and on the cost of UK membership and is a supporter of the Countryside Alliance. He was leader of UKIP between 27 November 2009 and August 2010 and has done extensive charitable work and fundraising, in particular for the Camphill movement.
Lord Vinson of Roddam was made a life peer on 7 February 1985. He is a British businessman who began a small plastics company in 1952 called ‘Plastics Coatings’ in Guildford, for which he won the Queen’s Award for Industry in 1971. He worked at the Centre for Policy Studies between 1974 and 1980.
Edward Spalton was our Chairman for many years. He was a corn merchant and animal feed miller, supplying the livestock industry. In 1981 he started his own company making appetite stimulants and feed flavours for farm animals and domestic pets. He is now retired from business.
He became a member of the UK Independence Party in 1994 and stood as a candidate for the East Midlands to the European Parliament in 1999. He also stood in the 2005 General Election in South Derbyshire as a candidate for Veritas “because I have always voted at elections and there was nobody else standing whom I could support”. He is not now a member of any political party and campaigns for British independence on a cross-party basis. He is particularly interested in Eastern European and Balkan affairs and is a member of the Lord Byron Foundation for Balkan Studies.
The following are Patrons of The Campaign for an Independent Britain:
Peers of The Realm
Lord Clifford of Chudleigh
Lord Willoughby de Broke
Lord Stevens of Ludgate
Lord Lamont of Lerwick
The Earl of Wemyss and March
Hon Mrs Buchan of Auchmacoy
Baroness Kate Hoey
Members of The House of Commons
Sammy Wilson MP
Philip Davies MP
Philip Hollobone MP
Andrew Rosindell MP
Sir Richard Storey Bt
Rev’d Dr Peter Mullen
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