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Mary Rosser was born in 1937 into a devout Roman Catholic family. Convent-educated, she moved in the late 1960s from Christian belief to Marxism, joining the Communist Party after being involved in the Marxist-Christian dialogues of the 1970s.
She was appointed in 1976 as secretary to the Peoples’ Press Printing Society, the co-operative of (mostly Communist shareholders) readers that owns the Morning Star, just as a major confrontation inside the Party was emerging, seemingly largely over the direction of the paper but ultimately simply a matter of control of the resources of controlled by the British Communist Party.
Rosser was a strong advocate for keeping the paper out of the hands of the revisionist clique that had got hold of the Communist Party of
Under her control, now as `Chief Executive’ of the PPPS, she became a central force in the re-established Communist Party of
Shortly after this, here own role and style of leadership came to head over the editorship of the Morning Star, John Haylett, whom Rosser sought to dismiss. Sections of the Party leadership found themselves completely out of sympathy with the bulk of the membership of the CPB when the paper went on strike in support of Haylett. The subsequent fall out saw a dozen key people one way or another leave the Party in 1999, including Mary Rosser.
She remained chair of the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell, although aspects of her leadership style were beginning to be challenged near the end. In the last few years of her life, she was a member of the Labour Party and became constituency party chair in
Source: Mike Hicks, Tribune, November 18th, 2010: http://www.tribunemagazine.co.uk/2010/11/mary-rosser-hicks-1937-2010/