Obituaries

Talking, explaining, and telling the truth

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Mick O’Sullivan

I knew Tom Cashman as a friend and comrade from the early 70s.

Tom was someone who had a hinterland; his interests spanned good whiskey, particle physics, a love of Sean O’Casey’s plays, modernist architecture, and an encyclopaedic knowledge of schisms in the Catholic Church, which quite frankly bemused me. Tom was a very rounded person and a very humorous one.

Remembering Tom Cashman, a socialist trade unionist and long-time associate of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty who died in August.

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The political vacuum in Albania (Colin Foster)
Levers for the lovers of power (Joan Trevor)
Blair wins a place in the Sun (Jim Denham)
Glasgow councillors abandon election pledges (Stan Crooke)
Tony Blair and the union laws. (Tom Rigby)
Letter from prison (Dita Sari)
Anti-abortion campaign, a winning scheme? (Helen Rate)
Should holocaust denial be a crime?
Iranian oil workers dare to fight
Obituary: Coin Coyle
The left and the election

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Mike Banda: The Death of a Political Gangster

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Sean Matgamna

Michael Banda (Michael van den Poorten), who died recently, had for nearly three decades been a retired political gangster.

For much of the previous three decades he had been an all-too-active political gangster, as one of the two or three central leaders of the Healy organisation known variously as the Newsletter group, the Socialist Labour League, and the Workers’ Revolutionary Party.

He was known in the organisation during the 1950s and early 60s as “Mike the Knife”, after he pulled a knife on a man who had grabbed Gerry Healy by the coat collar in a factional row.

Michael Banda (Michael van den Poorten), who died recently, had for nearly three decades been a retired political gangster.

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Raising aspirations, confronting vested interests

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Maria Exall

I am missing Tom, both as a friend and as a comrade.

As a comrade, what I miss most is the chance to engage with his perceptive insights into the class struggle now, and his analysis of the history of the class. He had a deep understanding of the British (and Irish) labour movements. Tom was a highly intelligent man who used his great abilities to promote the interests of the working class, this purpose being at the centre of his life all the time I knew him.

Remembering Tom Cashman who died last month.

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Tom Cashman

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Jim Denham

In the last issue of Solidarity, Bruce Robinson remembered the life of Tom Cashman, socialist trade unionist and long-time associate of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, who died last month. In this and future issues we will print further tributes.

Remembering the life of Tom Cashman, socialist trade unionist and long-time associate of the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty, who died last month.

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Ahmed Seif el-Islam

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Nick Holden

On Wednesday, 27 August Egypt’s leading human rights lawyer, Ahmed Seif el-Islam died aged 63 after several days in a coma after heart surgery. As he lay dying, two of his children were behind bars for their political activism.

Egypt’s leading human rights lawyer, Ahmed Seif el-Islam has died aged 63.

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Tom Cashman 1950-2014

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Bruce Robinson

Tom Cashman has died of a brain tumour aged 64. He was a life-long socialist and militant trade union activist, who had a long connection to the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty and its predecessors.

Tom came from a family in Wallasey on Merseyside with Irish roots and labour movement involvement. He joined Workers’ Fight (precursor of the AWL) in 1973 while a student at Middlesex Polytechnic and subsequently recruited his brothers Mick, Tony and Peter and briefly his sister Liz.

Tom Cashman was a life-long socialist and militant trade unionist with a long connection to Workers' Liberty.

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In memory of Jo Walker and David Hague

On Sunday the 2nd of July, minibus returning to Lancaster from our Workers' Liberty 95 summer school crashed on the motorway between Preston and Lancaster. We print our impressions of and tributes to David Hague and Jo Walker.

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On Sunday the 2nd of July, minibus returning to Lancaster from our Workers' Liberty 95 summer school crashed on the motorway between Preston and Lancaster.

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Brian Munro, 1968-2014

Brian Munro, a London Underground worker, RMT Executive member, and former member of Workers’ Liberty and its predecessor group Socialist Organiser, died on Saturday 28 June after a long battle with ocular melanoma, an extremely rare form of eye cancer.

Brian fought the disease, and significantly outlived his initial prognosis. He died peacefully surrounded by his family in an East London hospice.

Brian Munro, a London Underground worker, RMT Executive member, and former member of Workers’ Liberty and its predecessor group Socialist Organiser, died on Saturday 28 June after a long battle with ocular melanoma, an extremely rare form of eye cancer.

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Vladimir Derer, campaigner for Labour Party democracy

Vladimir Derer who was the leading figure in the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD) for forty years after its foundation in 1973 has died at the age of 94.

Although almost unknown other than amongst Labour activists, he was the Labour left’s leading strategist at the height of its influence in the 1970s and 1980s.His strategic vision made CLPD, the most effective organisation on the Labour left through to the New Labour years and the present.

Vladimir Derer, the leading figure in the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy from its foundation in 1973, has died at the age of 94.

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