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Born into a Jewish Communist family in
A contributor to Marxism Today, he was a key figure in the Euro-Communist faction. He moved to work for the Morning Star and later edited the journal of the local government union NALGO.
In 1988, he joined the Guardian and became chief sub-editor on the foreign desk.
He retired in 2008 to devote himself mainly to music, a commitment that resulted in the annual Fleetville festival in
Paul Olive died suddenly aged 67.
Source: Article by Caroline Rowan-Olive, from 1977 Paul Olive’s partner, joint parent to Daniel and Rachel and wife from 2002 - The Guardian 3rd February 2011