Mitchell joined the Communist Party in Letchworth in 1936 and attended regular district gatherings in
As a 21-year-old foundry worker who had left school at 14 and never went to a night school, to his amazement he was invited to meet Maurice Dobb and his colleagues in
He recalled that a local farmer who was a Party member (perhaps A L Morton’s brother?) led the campaign for a food-ship to
Mitchell’s recall of the 1938 Eastern Counties District Congress of the Party is interesting. His memory some two decades ago was that some of those present were: himself, Maurice Cornforth (who was full time district secretary in the 1930s), Kitty Cornforth, his wife, Paxton Chadwick, Leslie Morton, Margaret Bramley, Danny Gillies, Tom Nimmo, and Matt Gill. Away in
The Eastern district committee used to meet in a room on the first floor of the Commercial Hotel on the corner of
Mitchell stood as Communist parliamentary candidate for
He was a strong supporter of the CPGB EC in its war on the Morning Star and trade union orientated activists in the 1980s.
Source (mostly): “7 days” 6th August 1988