Socialist Worker

Peter Leech 1937-2004

by John Tipple
Issue No. 1894

PETER LEECH died from a heart attack last Sunday. He was 67 years young. Anyone that knew Peter would agree that he was a lion-hearted, formidable socialist. Whatever he involved himself with he went at it with a tenacity that never failed to amaze me. Peter would use his guitar as a weapon with which, alongside his huge intellect, he would put down oppressors, scabs and the bosses. He joined the SWP just before the Great Miners' Strike and remained active until his last moments. He stood for the Socialist Alliance in 2001 and rose to the occasion.

During the week before he died he helped head up an anti-deportation campaign. He helped to organise his workmates at Ipswich Community Radio. He was on the stop the war march the day before he died. He told a close friend, 'The last few days are some of the best of my life.'

We will remember that Peter would party at the drop of a hat. Peter's friends were many, his enemies few. I will miss him and do my best to help fill the huge gap he has left in the movement and our lives.

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Sat 27 Mar 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1894
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