Elaine was a wonderful comrade and a warm, funny, kind and gentle woman. She burned with a passion against injustice and was driven by the desire to fight for a better world.
She joined the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) at Essex University in 1987. We in Harlow first met her at a poll tax protest in 1990.
The police were trying to stop the march going through the indoor shopping centre and redirect it onto the back streets.
The organisers were about to obey when Elaine ran to the front and shouted, “This is our fucking town, we decide where we march, not you”.
She proceeded to lead the march through the shopping centre with police and organisers scrabbling to catch up. We knew then she was a true revolutionary.
The following years weren’t easy for Elaine but she remained committed to the fight for socialism.
She demonstrated, campaigned and argued for our politics as often as her health permitted, with an earthy wit and great humanity that endeared her to all.
In recent years Elaine was key to our Stand up to Ukip campaign. Day after day we picked her up from work to go out leafleting until we had finished every ward where Ukip was standing—and got rid of three Ukip councillors.
Elaine helped to get funding from the Unison union for transport to the Stand Up To Racism march.
We are in shock that she is no longer with us. Our deep condolences go out to her sister and to her dear friend Daniella.