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Willis Ted

Ted Willis Willis is better known to posterity as a screenwriter and playwright, especially as creator of `Dixon of Dock Green’, which made him famous overnight in 1953. Born in 1913, he came from a poor […]

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Shapiro Jack & Marie

  Jack & Marie Shapiro The Shapiros began their youthful political activity in the mainstream Communist movement but diverged into supporting other Marxist tendencies for much of the second half of their life.  Born in […]

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Morton Jim

  Jim Morton Jim Morton was a Communist Party member from Taylorstown, Rhondda, in south Wales. He knew Harry Pollitt from his earliest visits to the Rhondda in the nineteen twenties.  "He came to our house […]

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Miller Joyce

  Joyce Miller Joyce was born in Portsmouth in 1920 and, in her youth, first joined Portsmouth’s Labour League of Youth and then the Young Communist League. She joined the Communist Party in 1939. She […]

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McQuilkin Willie

  Willie McQuilkin William McQuilken was Paisley District Secretary of the AEU and a prominent local Communist in this Scottish town. During the 1960s, he was involved in a Rolls Royce apprentice strike and long-running […]

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McKay Tom

  Tom McKay Tom McKay was a railway clerk in Inverness, Scotland, who joined the local Communist Party in the mid 1930s. He became active in the National Unemployed Workers Movement (NUWM) in 1938. An […]

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Massey George

George Massey George Massey was born in 1906 into a working class Bristol family. His father worked for the Post Office and George also spent a lifetime in the service. He was a messenger from 1930, […]

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Marney Vic

  Vic Marney Marney was a leading Communist Party member, who worked in London docks and was active in the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) in the period after the Second World War. He […]

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Burnes John

John Burnes When he was 30, Communist, John Burnes romantically took up with Patricia Legg, the then 39-year old wife of Sir Thomas Legg. She had met Burnes in 1978, when they were both studying […]