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Liam Currie 1993-2016

Liam Currie was a bold, bright young socialist and a dedicated working class fighter. He was insightful and witty, and always willing to take a stand and speak out.

John Berger was a firm Marxist who transformed art history

John Berger, who died on Monday at the age of 90, was the most important writer on art in the last 60 years or more.

Ken Montague 1946-2016

Ken died after a short struggle with pancreatic cancer. His death—so quick and sudden—leaves many of us who knew him shocked by his loss.

Fidel Castro 1926-2016

History must judge Fidel Castro both as the freedom fighter whose defiance humiliated US imperialism and as the ruler of a repressive, unequal society.

Gavin MacFadyen 1940-2016

Gavin MacFadyen, who has died aged 76, was an American socialist filmmaker, journalist and activist who made a major contribution to the development of investigative journalism in Britain.

Gerry Jones 1945-2016

Gerry Jones, a socialist, trade union activist and migrant rights' campaigner, has died at the age of 70.

Gerry Jones 1945-2016

Comrades in Coventry and Warwickshire, and Newcastle Socialist Workers Party (SWP) districts were saddened to hear of the death of Gerry Jones last Sunday after a short battle with cancer.

Dario Fo - a committed revolutionary who stood against the state

Nobel Prize-winning playwright and revolutionary activist Dario Fo, who has died at the age of 90, was one of the most important writers in Italian history, writes Mark Brown

Shimon Peres—war criminal and confidence trickster

Shimon Peres was a war criminal that is lauded as a peacemaker.

Nick Howard 1933-2016

Nick Howard, an inspiring revolutionary socialist for six decades, has died a few days after his 83rd birthday. He met Che Guevara.

Elaine Bull 1968-2016

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.

Obituary: Norman Smith, 1949-2016

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.

Obituary: Bartley Willcock, 1934-2016

Bartley Willcock, who died last week, was a much valued comrade. He brought tremendous energy, humour and determination to the struggle for a better world.

Davey Hopper 1943-2016

It is with great sadness we learnt of the death of Davey Hopper, general secretary of the Durham Miners Association and NUM union, last Saturday.

Matthew Caygill 1955-2016

Last week, like many others on the Left, we were shocked and saddened to hear that the longstanding socialist activist and historian Matthew Caygill had unexpectedly passed away. 

Dave Ellis 1947-2016

It is with sadness that I report the death of Dave Ellis on Friday 8 July due to cancer of the oesophagus.

Paul Acaster 1943-2016

Paul Acaster, an inspirational industrial militant and revolutionary socialist, has died aged 72.

Bob Holman 1936 - 2016

Bob Holman, who died last week following a battle with motor neuron disease, was a lifelong fighter for social justice. A Christian socialist who gave up an academic career to live and work in deprived working-class communities in Birmingham and Glasgow, he was a fierce critic of the massive inequalities created by successive Tory and New Labour governments.

Reg Taylor 1923-2016

It is sad to have to write about the death of Reg Taylor, who was 93 years old.

Sherrl Yanowitz, 1942—2016

Sherrl Yanowitz, who died of cancer last week, was a tremendous fighter against injustice, oppression and capitalism all her life.

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