Southworth gets top post at WDM

The World Development Movement has hired a former Friends of the Earth direct action co-ordinator as its new director.

Benedict Southworth, 40, succeeds the historian Mark Curtis, who left the global anti-poverty campaign in May after only eight months in the post.

Southworth has joined from the Amnesty International Secretariat, where in his role as campaigns director he was responsible for campaigns on violence against women and for controls on small arms.

In 1996, he co-ordinated support for direct action in the campaign to stop the Newbury Bypass, which saw 900 protesters arrested.

Former director Curtis advocated direct action tactics within the WDM, but little of note happened during his tenure.

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