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Tributes to former mayor Candy

03 November, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

FORMER Islington ­mayor and campaigner Candy Atherton has died aged 62.

She worked as a ­jour­nalist in the 1980s and co-founded a feminist maga­zine, Everywoman. In 1982 she led protests within the Labour Party and the CND movement against the taskforce sent to the Falkland Islands.

Ms Atherton served as a Labour councillor in Islington from 1986 to 1992 and was mayor for the year 1989-1990. She chaired the Women’s and Disability committees of both Islington and the Association of London Labour Authorities.

Ms Atherton won the marginal seat of Falmouth and Camborne at the 1997 general election before losing her seat in 2005 to the Liberal Democrats. She was known for her campaign­ing on women’s rights and disability issues.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “I knew Candy for many years and remember her time as Mayor of Islington with great affection. She had a disarming sense of humour – I remember her joking that when she won her seat in 1997, she had outrun the incumbent MP and Olympian Seb Coe.

“We will all remember her as a warm person and a tireless campaigner for social justice.”


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