Socialist Worker

Beth Stone 1946-2013

by Pam Corr and George Fuller
Issue No. 2384

Beth Stone, a lifelong activist

Beth Stone, a lifelong activist


Beth Stone, a lifelong and unwavering fighter against injustice, oppression, racism and all the miseries of capitalism, has sadly died of cancer. 

Beth joined the International Socialists (forerunner of the Socialist Workers Party), in the late 1960s and remained a committed member until her death. 

Even while undergoing chemotherapy she was out on the streets opposing the anti-abortionists, who were campaigning to close the local abortion clinic. She also came to the local Racism, Resistance and Revolution rally.

There were no half measures with Beth. She was absolutely without hypocrisy and always forthright in her views. 

In 1976 Beth and Dick North were the first to break through the stranglehold of the Communist Party in the National Union of Teachers (NUT). 

They were the first rank and file teachers to get elected to the NUT executive. 

Beth was the first young female primary teacher who genuinely spoke for classroom teachers. 

She used her position to build and shape the campaign for abortion rights.

Beth thoroughly enjoyed and got great satisfaction from teaching in the multicultural schools of east London. 

During her career she taught every age group and remained in contact with many students. 

She continued to support some even after they had left school.

Beth combined her political activism with her joy and appreciation of music, film, visual arts, cooking and gardening. 

However, if one interest defines Beth it would be her passion for reading. She was a regular contributor to the review page of Socialist Review. 

We owe it to her memory to continue her passionate struggle for a better world.

Ours thoughts are with her daughters Eve and Miriam, who showed extraordinary resilience and commitment in supporting their mum.

Beth’s funeral is on Friday 20 December at 3.45pm at the City of London Crematorium, Aldersbrook Road, London E12 5DQ. Take union banners and flowers to the crematorium and send contributions to the Socialist Worker Appeal

 


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Obituary
Tue 17 Dec 2013, 16:16 GMT
Issue No. 2384
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