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Veteran peace campaigner dies aged 108

Thursday, 14 November 2013

A HIGHGATE campaigner who spoke at the Labour Party conference and marched to save Whittington Hospital has died aged 108.

Hetty Bower died at the Royal Free Hospital in Pond Street, Hampstead, on Tuesday evening, two weeks after suffering a stroke.

The veteran peace activist, who was born in Hackney, east London, in 1905, lived at Mary Feilding Guild home in North Hill.

She was in the public eye as recently as the end of September when she addressed the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

Telling delegates that she had lived through two world wars, she added: “I don't think human beings are civilised when we still waste time and money killing each other when we should be at a table discussing how to improve the lives of ordinary people.”

Hetty, who famously joined the frontline of opponents to Oswald Mosley's fascists in the Battle of Cable Street in 1936, showed no signs of slowing down.

And in March she braved terrible weather to march against the proposed ward closures and cuts at Whittington Hospital, in Archway.

Following her death, Labour Party leader Ed Miliband tweeted: “Really sad to hear of death of Hetty Bower at 108. Suffragette, Labour member (first joined 90 years ago), remarkable fighter for justice.”

Funeral details have yet to be announced.

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