Late MP recognised for his contribution towards socialism and trade unionism

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The blue plaque on Pretoria Avenue The blue plaque on Pretoria Avenue

A blue plaque honouring a pioneering socialist has been unveiled in Walthamstow.

Pete Curran, the first Labour MP for Jarrow and celebrated trade union leader, lived in Walthamstow.

The blue plaque has been placed close to Pretoria Avenue, where Mr Curran once lived.

Curran died in 1910 at the age of 50. His former home was demolished to make way for Mission Grove Road. 

On February 21 1910, over 10,000 mourners lined the streets from Pretoria Avenue in Walthamstow to the grounds of Leytonstone Cemetery.

Mr Curran's great grandson, Graham Reeve, 66, of The Avenue in Highams Park, was at the official unveiling on Friday.

He said: "I was very keen to have a lasting memory of one of the early pioneers of the Labour and Trade Union Movement."

 

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11:55am Tue 3 Dec 13

Billy Yerache says...

He would be spinning in his grave no at the thought of Labour's contribution to the deregulisation of the gambling laws that have enabled Bookmakers to flourish all over his old borough, suppressing the poor.

It just goes to show though that Socialism does not work!
He would be spinning in his grave no at the thought of Labour's contribution to the deregulisation of the gambling laws that have enabled Bookmakers to flourish all over his old borough, suppressing the poor. It just goes to show though that Socialism does not work! Billy Yerache

12:04pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Thunderbird4 says...

What's a socialist and trade union and Labour? Is Labour anything to do with the political party New labour?
What's a socialist and trade union and Labour? Is Labour anything to do with the political party New labour? Thunderbird4

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