Comrades in Sheffield are saddened to report the death of Les Leaver, a long-standing and loyal member of the Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP).
Les was a working class man who defended and argued for revolutionary politics. It didn’t matter whether he was at work, in the pub with friends or displaying his class hatred at a local SWP branch meeting.
Les was a stalwart when it came to the Saturday paper sale. He conversed with and challenged anyone with his tenacity and easy empathy.
Over the last year Les was diagnosed with a particularly nasty cancer, which he approached in the matter of fact way he always approached life. His was a life cut short at 65.
He was determined and delighted to attend Marxism Festival 2015 despite his rapid deterioration. He was out recently in Sheffield demonstrating in support of refugees—a comrade to the last.
Les was excited by Jeremy Corbyn becoming Labour leader and the space it opened up for socialists—but reminded all of the need for a revolutionary party.
His branch meeting contributions and ability to articulate ideas for all to understand will be sadly missed.
We fight on with Les in our thoughts.