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Obituary: Norman Smith, 1949-2016

by Alex May for Merseyside SWP
Issue No. 2518

Norman Smith

Norman Smith

Norman Smith was a tireless trade unionist activist from the 1970s until his victimisation after a five-month long Liverpool social workers’ strike in 2004-05.

If you were in trouble with management, there was no one you’d want fighting your case more than Norman.

His quiet manner hid a dogged determination to oppose bullying and injustice.

Norman’s dedication to his trade union work was matched only by his dedication to the children and families he worked with.

The support the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) gave to the social workers’ strike led him to join. He attended several Marxism Festivals and avidly read the publications.

Norman was a wonderful mixture of enthusiasms. He loved ancient history, playing football and watching Liverpool FC.

Norman was a passionate socialist who fought for a world free of hunger and want. But he also enjoyed holidays, good wine and food and especially real ale.

He will be missed by his family and close friends— and by so many more on Merseyside and beyond.

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Tue 23 Aug 2016, 16:23 BST
Issue No. 2518
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