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For some, the late Keith Bird was literally a life-saver

02 August, 2018

Keith Bird

• I WAS sad to read of the death of Keith Bird, (Keith Bird, community campaigner who helped bring fireworks to Primrose Hill, July 26).

I knew Keith well when I worked for Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party in the 1980s and we shared premises in Camden Town. Like most Labour parties, Camden was full of clever lawyers. None could match Keith, however, in his advocacy for the poor and deserving.

He was a “bête noire” for the public service agencies whose mission in the 1980s seemed to be preventing local resident gaining the rights and benefits to which they were entitled. For a lot of Arlington House residents he was literally a life-saver.

Like many of his generation he was denied access to further education and learning but he more than made up for it by his natural talents and sense of social justice. He was a credit to the Labour Party and Camden and I know that many will miss him.

We live in busy times and sometimes forget those in the past who worked to build a better society. I hope, however, that the local Labour parties and Camden Council will find a suitable way to honour his memory and celebrate his many achievements on behalf of the residents of Camden.

PAUL WHEELER
Blackheath Hill, SE10

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