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Margaret Hunter

Margaret Hunter joined the Young Communist League at a very young age in 1937 and then the Communist Party in 1940. She was the factory convenor at Barr and Stroud during World War Two.

After five years as the Communist Party’s Scottish organiser, Margaret Hunter was appointed the National Women’s Organiser in 1963, at the age of 40.

She was to particularly focus the Party’s work towards women’s rights and equal pay.
 
The Party’s parliamentary candidate for the Glasgow Gorbals seat in 1964 and 1966, before serious illness led her to retire in the early 1970s.
 
She was married to Jimmy Hunter, who had led the Clyde apprentices committee in 1940-1.
 
Margaret Hunter died on 21 February 1986 aged 63. 
 
The cutting (right) detailing a visit by Margaret Hunter to the Leed University Student Union, is from its newspaper "Union News" of January 31st 1964 (courtesy of Jeremy Hawthorn)