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Political Heroes: Pat Wall

Pat Wall, who served as a Labour MP for Bradford North from 1983 until his untimely death in 1990 was an inspiration and one of the main reasons why I joined the Labour Party in 1984 at the height of the Miners Strike.

 

Pat was unashamedly an old style Socialist and whilst I disagreed profoundly with a lot of his more outlandish proposals he absolutely nailed it for me with his analysis of the war in Northern Ireland. He bucked the trend of many on the Left of the Labour Party such as Peter Hain, Ken Livingston and John McDonnell with his absolute and unequivocal condemnation of the IRA, memorably asking one stormy meeting; “How can one Working Class person killing another Working Class person ever be right?”

 

Militant Tendency, for whom Pat was a vocal supporter of were, in my opinion rightly expelled from the Party as, after 1985 they stopped being a progressive voice and became a power mad cancer dragging us down, but no one could deny that Pat Wall was one of the hardest working MP’s you could ever meet and his devotion and passion for his constituents could do with replication by some in todays Party where the grassroots seem as disconnected as ever with what goes on in our name in the Parliamentary Labour Party.

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About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.

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