The chairman of the National Trust has quit just 24 hours after members launched a bid to depose him amid a growing row over the ‘woke’ direction the charity is taking.
Members are furious at its recent focus on politically correct issues, which has seen it link properties to colonialism and make staff wear rainbow ‘gay pride’ badges.
A motion of no confidence in Tim Parker was due to be tabled at this year’s annual general meeting by a grassroots organisation called Restore Trust.
The group is also demanding that the charity’s staff be treated ‘with fairness’ after many were let go during the pandemic, and for executives to rein in pay rises.
Members, ministers and MPs had grown increasingly frustrated with Mr Parker’s chairmanship, which critics said he used to take the 126-year-old charity in a ‘bourgeois’ and tranh đồng quê đục bằng gỗ ‘politically correct’ direction.
Last September, the Trust published an sensational 115-page report which ‘blacklisted’ 93 of its estates over their alleged links to slavery – including Chartwell in Kent, home of Sir Winston Churchill.
The Charity Commission subsequently opened a regulatory compliance case and the heritage minister told Parliament that the report was ‘unfortunate’ and the Trust should go back to its ‘core functions’.
In a statement posted on the Trust’s website, the charity said Mr Parker had ‘informed trustees of his decision the day after the Trust’s houses reopened to the public on 17 May, and will step down in October this year’.
Mr Parker had served two three-year terms and bức tranh đồng quê bằng gỗ bức tranh đồng quê bằng gỗ quê bằng đồng giá bao nhiều had agreed to a ‘third exceptional term’ to provide stability during the coronavirus pandemic which hit visitor numbers.
Restore Trust, which was founded by members earlier this year in a bid to stop history being ‘demonised’ by organisations including the National Trust, welcomed the news.
Tim Parker quit shortly after a highly critical motion at this year’s AGM backed by more than 50 members said the membership had no confidence in his leadership and demanded his resignation
The rebellion was run by a group called Restore Trust, tranh đồng quê đục bằng gỗ founded earlier this year to stop history being ‘demonised’.One of its members, Tony Adler, said: ‘The plan is to change the whole ethos formally. And to get rid of the chairman
In a statement published on its website, it said: ‘We are pleased that Mr Parker has decided to resign as National Trust, following the publication of our motion of no confidence in him that would have been put to this year’s Annual Meeting.
‘His position was clearly untenable given everything that has happened and the current crisis of confidence in the National Trust amongst its staff, volunteers and members.