Longstanding campaigner against racism and imperialism, Richard Laver, sadly died recently aged 69.
Richard’s first involvement in politics was in the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations in the late 1960s.
During the 1970s he was an active member of the International Socialists and the Anti Nazi League in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
He helped to organise a strike over welfare rights at the Advice Centre Trust in Dewsbury. Later he became a homeopath in Darlington.
He joined the SWP specifically to combat racism and fascism following the election of Nazi councillor Derek Beackon in London.
He sold Socialist Worker every Saturday morning in Darlington for many years.
Comrades will never forget his booming voice and often brilliant slogans.
Richard was very active during the anti-Iraq war activity 10 years ago, and in campaigns in support of Palestinians.
He could always be relied upon to drive the minibus to any demo. Comrades in Darlington and Bishop Auckland will always miss his warmth, kindness, intelligence and humour.
We appreciated his deep revulsion at racism and the economic system that promotes it.