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Long-standing member of the Communist Party, Mike Perkins was elected to his union branch committee at the age of 30, he served first the customs and excise officers' union and then the Society of Civil and Public Servants, which it joined with.
He was sometime President and also Vice-President of the SCPS, which is now part of PCS.
Perkins died of a heart attack in June 1987, at the relatively young age of 47.
Source: Morning Star June 24th 1987