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Mitchell was a leading personality in the Greek Cypriot community in Britain, who was in charge of 'The Vema' newspaper which largely followed Communist lines. During the 1950s and 1960s, the British Communist Party enjoyed considerable support from the Cypriot community, which was focused on support for the Cypriot Progressive Party of Working People (usually rendered as AKEL from the Greek words for this name).
Mitchell was the leading figure in the Cypriot Affairs Advisory Committee of the Communist Party, which was the main body responsible for organising British Cypriot members and effectively the body controlling Vema. He was, for a period, a member of the Executive Committee of the Party.
Many but not all AKEL members resident in
After the events in the early 1970s, AKEL in