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Labour stalwart Patrick Edlin dies suddenly

Activist was involved in various groups including the Isleden House tenants’ association where he lived

22 November, 2019

Patrick Edlin had once been a political aide for the former Islington South Labour MP Chris Smith

A LABOUR Party stalwart died suddenly this week after a short illness.

Patrick Edlin was a familiar face in the borough where he had lived for decades and was involved in various groups including the Isleden House tenants’ association where he lived.

He had also once been the press secretary for the Militant tendency, a Trotskyite group in the 1980s, and had once been a political aide for the former Islington South Labour MP Chris Smith.

Mr Edlin was a big supporter of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – although he was the first to admit that they did not agree on everything – and was there to celebrate with Mr Corbyn when he was chosen as leader of the party in 2015.

He was also a great friend of the Tribune, regularly writing insightful letters and offering an “on-the-ground” analysis of what was happening locally.

He was devoted to his two grandsons who he would regularly take to see his favourite football team Arsenal play.

A full obituary will be in next week’s paper.

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