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While Bridgeman was never actually a card-carrying member of the Communist Party, he was certainly a "fellow traveller", and was especially very close to Harry Pollitt. In practice, to all intents and purposes, even when a member of the Labour Party, Bridgeman acted like a Communist.
He himself once stated: “Communist influence is gaining ground throughout the world. Social Democracy represented by the ILP, LP, TUC in close co-operation with Federation of British Industries is a waning force, while the masses everywhere are revolting against capitalism”
He was born Reginald Francis Orlando Bridgeman on 14th October 1884, the eldest son of Colonel the Hon. Francis Bridgeman. His father had been Member of Parliament for
During the General Strike of 1926, Bridgeman was involved with the Wealdstone Trades Council and its strike bulletin. In 1926 he was appointed along with A M Wall, Secretary of the London Trades Union Council, to be joint Secretary of the British Labour Council for Chinese Freedom and had become active in the formation of the Chinese Information Bureau and “Hands of China” campaigns.
Bridgeman was also a member of the Pinner General & Municipal Workers Union branch and Southall Labour Club
Tragically his eldest son was killed in service during World War Two.