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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.

Obituary - Andy Smith

Last week we received the tragic news that our friend and comrade Andy Smith had passed away unexpectedly.

Kevin Doherty, 1954-2016

Comrades and friends will be saddened to learn of Kevin Doherty’s untimely death from cancer.

Ian Murray 1954-2016

Our longstanding and much loved comrade Ian Murray died unexpectedly last Friday of a suspected heart attack.

Austin Burnett 1914-2016

Austin Burnett, who has died aged nearly 102, was a long-standing member of the Socialist Workers Party,remaining active in the party until well into his 80s.

Martin Rhodes 1959-2016

Martin Rhodes, one of Barnsley SWP's newest and most respected members, has died suddenly.

Ian Wallace, 1952-2016

Ian Wallace has passed away in hospital after a long fight against illness.

Ravi Jamieson, 1966-2016

Ravi Jamieson, a dear friend and comrade, has passed away after a short battle with cancer. He was 49 years old.

John Bradbury, 1953-2015


Anna Owens 1967-2015

Anna, my partner, was one in a million. Her school friends recall a strong character who stood up to bullies and looked out for the vulnerable. These characteristics remained constants of Anna’s joyous personality.

Andy Gallagher, 1951-2015

Andy Gallagher, who has died aged 64, was a revolutionary from a young age.

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