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Jean French joined the Communist Party in 1952 and was a long-standing AEU activist in its Division 26. A shop steward, branch secretary and convenor in a South London switchgear factory, she was a member of the union’s National Committee and Women’s Committee.
She was also a member of the EC of the Communist Party for many years and was the Chair of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the Party and a member of the editorial board of the Party women’s journal, `Link’.
She later changed her name to Crook, after marrying Ted Crook, and was to die in April 1987