Barbour James Cllr

James Barbour James Barbour was born around 1893 and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War. He was first elected as a Communist Councillor in Perth, Scotland, in 1928. Having […]

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Thomas George Cllr

Councillor George Thomas A Treherbert trade union and political activist during the 1920s and 1930s.  He was active in the Clerks Union and found himself persecuted in the clerical workers strike of 1920. A consequentially long […]

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Kane Johnny Cllr

  Councillor Johnny Kane Johnny Kane was a Communist County councillor for Renton, in the Vale of Leven, from the 1940s until his death in the late 1950s. Described by local history sources as “one […]

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Elliott Bob Cllr

Cllr Bob Elliott Robert S. Elliot was an unemployed miner and prominent member of the National Unemployed Workers Movement (NUWM). Along with Charlie Woods (see separate entry), he marched in the Tyneside contingent of the […]

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Jones Walter (Cllr)

Walter Jones (Cllr) Walter Jones won a seat as a councillor as a Communist Party candidate in Risca, a small town that is today part of the Newport conurbation, lying at the south-eastern edge of […]


Clarke Willie Cllr

Councillor Willie Clarke’s represented Ballingry and Lochore on Fife County Council for many decades. He first took up public office in 1973 as a Communist councillor with Fife County Council and went on to be […]

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McGaw Rhoda Cllr

  Rhoda McGaw Rhoda McGaw was an elected Communist Party councillor for Woking Urban District Council in the 1940s and early 50s. Surprisingly, she was not the only local councillor elected as a Communist. A member of […]

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Walters Bill Cllr

  Councillor Bill Walters   William Walters was an elected as a Communist Party councillor in Llantarnam, a then a small village between Cwmbran and Newport, South Wales. He was repeatedly re-elected from at least […]