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Skyrme was an engineering worker and active member of the Amalgamated Engineering Union in South Wales, in the No. 3 AEU Treforest Estate branch. He was a delegate from his union branch to the Pontypridd Trades Union Council (TUC) for very many years.
Skyrme joined the Welsh Communist Party in 1931. In the same year he was jailed for six months for campaigning against the Means Test. Later he took charge of the Daily Worker circulation in
Source: Daily Worker 22 September 1967