Tributes are paid to well known Labour activist

Robin James.
Robin James.

A tireless advocate for social justice who campaigned for the Labour Party in Bedford has died aged 70.

Robin James was one of the town’s best known Labour activists, providing help and support to the party in local and general election campaigns for more than 25 years.

He was dedicated to working to achieve social justice and worked tirelessly to elect others whilst never seeking the limelight for himself.

Patrick Hall

A statement issued by the local Labour party said: “He was an activist in the truest sense of the word and put his heart into campaigning to elect Patrick Hall as MP, Richard Howitt as MEP and local councillors.”

Mr James was responsible for introducing the wide use of poster boards in the 1992 general election and took pride in erecting 1,000 poster boards for supporters of the party across Bedford and Kempston in the recent 2015 elections.

His other passion was dealing in antiques and for decades Mr James was a familiar face at Peacock Auctions in Bedford and travelled far and wide to car boot sales where he was highly respected for his knowledge.

Mr James worked as a butcher in Bedford for many years, first at Safeway and then for more than a decade at Eric The Butcher’s in Goldington.

Patrick Hall, who ran for Bedford and Kempston MP in the last general election, said: “Robin has been a loyal friend to me personally and to the Labour Party. He was dedicated to working to achieve social justice and worked tirelessly to elect others whilst never seeking the limelight for himself. He had a big character and was a much loved colleague. He will be truly missed.”

Robin died of natural causes. He leaves many friends and two sisters.