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Foster John (AEU)

John Foster My father-in-law John Foster (pictured below) was a prominent member of the AEU, originally Kingston District Secretary, and finally a National Organiser of the union. He was also a life-long member of the Communist […]

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French Sid

Sid French The first General Secretary of the small 1977 breakaway from the Communist Party, Sid French was born in 1920, to Ernie French, himself an active Communist, and Ethel Wilkinson, who came from a […]

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Finch Joe

Joe Finch   Joe Finch was a Jewish Communist from a poor family.   He was shop stewards convener at Standard Telephones during the Second World War and a member of the Daily Worker Editorial […]

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Dutt Salme

Salme Dutt Salme Dutt played a considerable part in role in the early development of the British Communist Party but she had been born on 29th August 1888 a subject of the old Russian Empire […]

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Duffy Peter

Peter Duffy  Obituary from the Morning Star:   “Peter Duffy, who has died in France aged 64, was, for the last several years of his life, the Paris correspondent of the Morning Star. He was […]

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Deegan Frank

Frank Deegan  Deegan was born in Bootle in 1910, one of eleven children, to an Irish father and a mother born in Bootle of Irish parents. He left school at 14 and sold papers dur­ing […]

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Dawson Len

  Len Dawson Dawson was an ETU lay official in Fleet Street and gained considerable support from the thousand members of the union’s `Press’ branch. He was secretary of the branch from the beginning of […]

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Cousins Nancy

Nancy Cousins   It is a matter of record that Nancy, the wife of Frank Cousins, the General Secretary of the TGWU from 1955-68, was a fully-fledged, card carrying member of the Communist Party’s Yorkshire […]

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Cook Len

Len Cook Born 30th April 1913, Len Cook was a life-long Communist.   He became the Production Manager at the Daily Worker and then the Morning Star from 1957 to 1982.    He died on […]