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Obituary - Jon Elvin

Jon Elvin (left)

Jon Elvin (left)   (Click to enlarge)

It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the death of our dear friend and comrade Jon Elvin.

Jon died on 4 May at Michael Sobell hospice at Mount Vernon Hospital where he was being treated for cancer. He was 65. We send our condolences and solidarity to his wife Maggie and sister Heather.

Jon was pivotal to the relaunch of Hillingdon Trades Union Council (TUC) in north west London, to which he gave his time and energy. He was a union rep for Unite local government (he worked as a grounds keeper on Hillingdon Borough golf courses) and latterly for Unite community, and was a steadfast supporter of the campaigns that Hillingdon TUC were involved with.

Jon was also a recognisable figure on many national demos with his homemade t-shirts printed with his own sometimes cutting slogans. These were often the subject of interest for national media.

If there was a campaign to support, Jon would be there to support it. A slight figure due to fighting bouts of cancer throughout his life, he would often turn up astride a monster Kawasaki motor bike, which was another passion of his.

Jon was a true socialist, and had no time for those who he viewed as careerists within the movement. For Jon, action spoke louder than words and he led by example, and it is an example we will strive to follow. We will miss you - RIP comrade.

Steve Harbord, Socialist Party and Hillingdon TUC

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In The Socialist 12 May 2021:

Election analysis

Hartlepool sums up Labour crisis

Scotland: Pro-independence majority in highly polarised election

Welsh Labour holds on to government but new crises loom

TUSC is back


Bobby Sands - Nothing but an Unfinished Song

British state absolves itself from killings during 'the Troubles'

International news

Is Biden offering a new 'New Deal'?

Stop Israeli state brutality

Right-wing Partido Popular wins Madrid elections - a warning to the working class

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United action needed to defeat fire and rehire

RMT: Militant industrial and political strategy must be fought for

National Education Union needs a socialist, fighting deputy general secretary

Thurrock refuse workers strike escalates

Ealing parking wardens strike against Serco over absence policy

Norwich City Council workers vote for strike action over broken promises on pay and conditions

Beal school strikers suspend action after possible victory

Sparks fight continues

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