Socialist Worker

Peter Mortimer 1936-2015

by Barnsley SWP
Issue No. 2467

Peter Mortimer, a member of Barnsley Socialist Workers Party (SWP), has died aged 78. 

Peter joined the SWP in 1995 after leaving the Labour Party in disgust when it abolished Clause 4. 

He was a founder member of the Barnsley Dearne branch and quickly became one of its mainstays, remaining a committed member of the SWP for the rest of his life.

His first job was as a miner at Caphouse Colliery. He went  on to be a medic in the RAF and then a technician.

He eventually went back into the mining industry in 1974 at Hickleton Colliery in Thurnscoe, the village where he lived.  

Peter impressed all who met him with his burning hatred of the Tories and the Blairites. 

He livened up many a meeting by railing against his political enemies with the most colourful and inventive rhetoric. 

You can get a glimpse of that anger in the anti-war film, “We Are Many” which includes a brief interview with Peter on an anti-war demonstration.    

He was an avid reader with a particular enthusiasm for Eleanor Marx. 

Two of his last purchases from the branch bookstall were the Rachel Holmes biography and the Siobhan Brown rebel’s guide. 

Peter bore the pain of his final few months with incredible bravery but we would rather remember him in full flow exposing the hypocrisies of our rulers. 

His comrades and friends will miss him, along with his large and extended family.


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Tue 18 Aug 2015, 17:31 BST
Issue No. 2467
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