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Margaret Elinor Burns (nee Enfield), born in Loughborough in 1887, was active in the labour movement from 1918. She joined Edmonton Co-operative Society in 1919. A member of the London Co-operative from its formation and active in the Women's Co-operative Guild, Elinor was a well-known activist in the co-operative movement for the rest of her life.
Married to Emile Burns (see separate entry) on 8 November 1913 in Nottingham (as announced in The Times), Elinor was also a lfe-long member of the Communist Party, which she joined in 1923.
She was a LCS nominee on the Food Control, Insurance Tribunal and other, similar bodies during the war and was still active as a candidate for the LCS as late as 1950.
In the post war era, for some nine years, she was a member of the management committee of the Peoples’ Press Publishing Society, the publisher of the Daily Worker, and was twice vice-chair.
She died on 2 November 1978 (UK wills & probates).
Source: LCS 1950 election leaflet Michael Walker; Ray Lampert
Thanks to Jim Coombs for picture