Socialist Party :: Obituary: Kate Jones


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From The Socialist, January 6, 2022

Gareth Bromhall, Socialist Party of Swansea and West Wales

We were saddened to learn of the death of longtime Socialist Party member Kate Jones on December 20. Most recently a member at Swansea, Kate was previously a member at Brighton and Llanelli.

A longtime Marxist, Kate became politically active as a teenager and joined Militant, the precursor of the Socialist Party, in 1975. During the 1984-85 miners’ strike, Kate organized the Brighton Support Group, collecting funds funds and arranging housing for touring miners, and their wives.

She and her classmate Geoff got together at this point. They married in 1985.

Kate was a Labor adviser in Brighton, but never concealed Militant’s socialist agenda. In the 1988 election, Labor took control of Brighton Council. She was one of the leaders of the left-wing minority in the local Labor group.

During the fight against the voting tax, the Brighton Labor Council offered to pay bailiffs to collect the voting tax debt. After a gigantic ten-hour meeting, the administration was only able to get this through with the help of the Conservatives. This led to the suspension of the Brighton Labor Party and the expulsion of Kate from Labor, something she wore as a badge of honor.

Kate has contributed to the Global Warning section of Socialism Today, the Socialist Party’s monthly magazine. She spoke engagingly of the environmental movement.

After Brighton, Kate worked to help people with AIDS in the Powys and eventually worked on the local cooperative’s coffers. There she played an active role in the Usdaw retail union.

I first met Kate when I joined the Socialist Party in 2011. Kate was instrumental in creating and building the now strong branch of Unite Community in Swansea, the Union of the Unemployed. Kate served as a branch president and was highly regarded and respected within the Wales union.

Kate became active in the campaign to save the Oriel Ceri Richards Gallery, which Swansea University intended to close. Her love of public art and culture was a cause close to her heart.

Kate was a valued and respected member of the Socialist Party branch in Swansea. His contribution to our collective struggle will be missed.

The Socialist Party would like to extend its condolences and solidarity to her husband Geoff, her son Bryn and daughter-in-law Baru, and their newborn daughter Emilia, born January 1, 2022, as well as to her friends and family in around the world and to all who have the privilege of calling him comrade.


Kate became president of the community arm of Swansea and District Unite from the moment she was relaunched.

A previous attempt to set up a branch in our area had failed – but there was no way it would ever happen again under Kate’s watch.

As president, she has always been fair and eager to include everyone and listen to their ideas. She always used common sense and I appreciated the good advice she gave me between meetings.

She was a very intelligent and cultured person and passionate about what she believed in. Climate change and the need for a green industrial revolution were causes close to his heart.

As a caregiver to her husband Geoff, she sometimes couldn’t make it to the protests and pickets we were on, but we knew she was always there in the background cheering us on – well, telling us to go out and do it really …

Kate was a good socialist and a good friend to all of us. She was a key member of our branch and will be sadly missed by those who have had the privilege of knowing her.

Most of all, she was nice, and the world needed a lot more nice people like Kate right now.

Lynne, Branch Secretary, Community Branch of Swansea Unite

Financial appeal

The coronavirus crisis has exposed the class character of society in many ways. This clearly shows to many that it is the working class that makes society run, not the CEOs of big companies.

The results of austerity have been shown graphically as utilities struggle to cope with the crisis.

  • The material of the Socialist Party is more vital than ever, so we can continue to bring back workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate workforce etc.
  • We must be prepared for the stormy events to come and the need to arm the labor movements with a socialist program – one that puts the health and needs of mankind before the profits of the few.

Inevitably, during the crisis, we were not able to sell the socialist and raise funds as we normally would.


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