IT IS with immense sorrow that we record the death of Norma Wilson, for many years a full-time organiser for CND in Manchester. Norma died after a long, courageous and cheerful battle against cancer. Many readers will have heard Norma speak at Marxism.
There she passionately set out the appalling human cost of depleted uranium weapons - the very weapons that Bush and Blair are about to inflict again on the people of Iraq.
Norma was a tireless campaigner for peace. After she left the Labour Party in disgust, she was an active friend of the left across the north west, backing the Socialist Alliance, supporting the Anti Nazi League and campaigning for asylum seekers.
Norma was a lovely person, warm and generous in her dealings with everyone who fought for peace and justice. It is no small thanks to her consistent and principled work that the anti-war movement across Greater Manchester succeeded in achieving its high levels of unity in action.
As bloody conflict again descends on the Middle East, Norma Wilson will truly be mourned - and remembered with the deepest affection.