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The first Communist President of the National
Jack Turner Allanson was born on December 30th 1919, near to Bury. Having won a scholarship to
The Communist Party had already made an input into Jack's education and he became the first Communist President of the National Union of Students - he led its pre-D-Day campaign for a second front in
Post-war, after a short spell in industry, he lost his job because as a Communist and an engineer he was considered a security risk. In 1949 he was appointed an electrical engineering lecturer at
He left the Party in the 1950s and in 1959 became professor and head of the undergraduate school in
Allanson died on July 7th 1999, aged aged 79.
Source: Guardian 22nd July 1999