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Scott Williams 1993-2013

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Issue 2371
Scott Williams (second from left) campaigning in Barnsley

Scott Williams (second from left) campaigning in Barnsley

Scott Williams has died at the age of 19. 

Scott joined Barnsley SWP as a result of being involved in the student protests of 2010. 

He went on all the London protests against the abolition of EMA and hike in tuition fees. 

He quickly became a valued member, giving an excellent talk on the role of the police in the capitalist state. This flowed directly from his experiences of being kettled on the 9 December protest. 

Then in the late spring of 2011 he played a central role mobilising his fellow Barnsley College students in support of his lecturers going on strike. First this was against redundancies, and then attacks on their pensions. 

On 30 June 2011 he was up early in the morning supporting the college picket lines, then on to a Barnsley union protest march, followed by a South Yorkshire one. 

Before that strike rally had finished he was on the coach to Marxism. In the next year he was badly affected with heart trouble and we saw less of him. 

But in the words of one his fellow students, “We will remember him as a great guy. Ideas were developing for many students during the demonstrations starting in 2010, including Scott’s. 

“My comrades at Barnsley College became my best friends and hanging out became endless jokes about killing the rich and planning the next walkout over the loss of EMA.  

“It was a special and exciting time and I am very grateful to have had such a selfless and endearing comrade like Scott to share it with.”

Dave Gibson

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