Socialist Worker

Tony Reid

by Michael Lavalette
Issue No. 2124

Comrades in Preston are sorry to hear of the death of Tony Reid, a well-known trade union activist and campaigner in the city.

Formerly a deputy leader of Preston council, Tony left Labour in 1998 because he could no longer stomach the leadership of Tony Blair.

He threw his energies into trade union work, to Palestine solidarity activity and the anti-war movement.

Tony was also on the national executive of the Socialist Alliance and played a leading role in Michael Lavalette’s election to Preston council in 2003.

He moved to Orkney shortly afterwards, but he stayed active in politics.

Tony joined the Scottish Socialist Party, set up Orkney Friends of Palestine and led a range of community campaigns.

He died last week after fighting motor neurone disease for three years. Our thoughts are with his partner Vera Stephens at this difficult time.

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Tue 21 Oct 2008, 19:30 BST
Issue No. 2124
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