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Leonora Comrie (Kay-Kreizman)
Leonora’s parents were Alfred (see separate entry) and Mary Ellen Comrie,
foundation members of the Communist Party. Born around 1929, even in later
life, Leonora remembered, “cringing, that she was sent to school with hammers
and sickles embroidered on her smock”.
In 1947 Leonora joined the Nottingham East branch of the Young Communist
League (YCL) and was the branch's literature secretary. (She is pictured,
left, at a late-1940s Nottingham YCL gathering, see below for full picture.)
She married fellow YCLer, Pat Jordan, in 1950 and graduated from the Edge
Hill teacher training college in Ormskirk, Lancashire. Something of a complaint
was that Pat did not win the Party’s nomination as a parliamentary candidate in the 1950 general election. The seat was
contested by John Peck (see separate entry).
Leonora left the party in 1955, seemingly, “after a dream that the party apparatchiks had come to take her, and that her
comrades had looked the other way”.
Pat Jordan became joint founders with Ken and Betty Coates of the Trotskyist Nottingham Group, later the International
Marxist Group, but Leonora did not join them. Her marriage to Pat dissolved in 1958 and she later married Rodney
Kay-Kreizman, with whom she had four girls, working as a schoolteacher in Merton, south-west London.
Leonora continued as an activist in a variety of fields - in the
other campaigns. She and Rodney separated in 1982 and Leonora died, aged 80, in 2009.
Source: Guardian 8th December 2009
Nottingham Young Communist League c. 1949