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Clare Joan

Joan Clare A long standing Communist Party member in Birmingham, she had been in the Handsworth branch of the CPGB and after re-establishment of the party was in the Sandwell and then the Birmingham CPB […]

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Littlewood Joan

  Joan Littlewood Director of a theatre in a state of perpetual revolution and passionate creator of art and fun (though she never did get her people's palace) Joan Littlewood, who has died aged 87, […]

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McMinn Joan

Joan McMinn   Joan Paterson was a Communist Party activist who later married and adopted her husband’s name of McMinn, by which she was most known in Party circles.   She was for a long […]

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Rodker Joan

Joan Rodker     Joan Rodker was born in London on 1st May 1915, the daughter of the modernist poet, John Rodker, who later published James Joyce and salvaged the complete works of Sigmund Freud […]

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Tuckett Joan

Joan Tuckett   Born in 1895, Joan was the sister of fellow Communist, Angela Tuckett (see separate entry).     Their aunt, Enid Stacy (1868-1903), had been active in progressive politics at the turn of […]

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Beauchamp Joan

Joan Beauchamp Elizabeth “Joan” Beauchamp was the sister of Kay Beauchamp (see separate entry), a leading suffragette and a personal friend of the Pankhurst family. She was also one of the earliest women graduates from […]

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Bellamy Joan

 Joan Bellamy       Born Joan Shaw she joined the Communist Party in or around 1945. In 1953, she married fellow-Communist, Ron Bellamy (see separate entry). During this period, Joan worked full-time for the […]

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Powell Joan

Joan Powell Joan was born in Denton, Manchester, in 1919 into a family of working class Communists. Her parents and grandfather were founder members of the Party and she was involved in the Communist Party […]

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Browne Joan Dillon

Joan Dillon Browne Joan Dillon was born on 4th July 1912 in Stockport and attended the nearby Fylde Lodge school. Then came Somerville College, Oxford, where she graduated in history and trained as a secondary […]

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McMichael Joan Dr

Dr Joan McMichael Dr Joan McMichael was born on February 8th 1906 in India, as Joan Catherine MacPherson in a tent in Gudrunwala in the Punjab; indeed, she was delivered by her own father, who was […]