Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 3 September 2008

Terry Fields memorial meeting

"TERRY FIELDS was a great comrade, loved and respected by many socialists, trade unionists and political activists. Most of all he was loved by working-class people, especially in his former constituency of Liverpool Broadgreen", said Peter Taaffe at a memorial meeting for Terry Fields on 27 August.

Clara Paillard

Even after his sad death in June 2008, Terry Fields is still able to attract hundreds to a political meeting. Around 200 people attended the commemoration, organised by Merseyside Campaign for a New Workers' Party (CNWP).

The event opened with a film showing different times in Terry's life. Footage from 1988 showed him addressing a huge crowd of strikers and giving them his support during the postal workers' strike at Copperas Hill mail centre.

It was followed by extracts from his general election speech in 1992, and from Pete Naylor's Tales from the Riverbank with Terry reflecting on the last three decades, including his imprisonment for refusing to pay the Poll Tax and the role of the 49 Liverpool councillors who stood up to Thatcher. This montage reflected Terry Field's life and contribution as a great socialist, a man of principles but also a human being with a great sense of humour.

It was great to hear Terry speak for himself and remind comrades that they should carry on his struggle and great work to better the life of the working class. Paul Astbury, former deputy leader of Liverpool council during the 1980s introduced several speakers.

Matt Wrack, general secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, recalled with emotion how he was inspired by former firefighter Terry when he first joined the FBU.

Terry's son Stephen Fields gave an emotional and determined account of what his dad believed in and how, all his life, he followed his word. Peter Taaffe, former editor of Militant, gave an inspirational address to much applause, denouncing New Labour for its betrayal of working people and its adhesion to capitalism. And Dave Nellist, a Socialist Party councillor in Coventry and former Militant-supporting MP alongside Terry Fields, recalled his time with him.

There was also a video address from Tony Mulhearn, president of Liverpool District Labour Party during the 1980s battles, who could not attend the memorial meeting due to a prior commitment.

With hundreds of new CNWP supporters and 600 raised in the collection, this important event testified that many people want another society. In these times of the 'credit crunch' and rising inequality, it is so important to rebuild the labour movement. Not with New Labour and the lapdogs of capitalism, but with a real alternative, a new workers' party. As Terry said so well: "You could despair, but as a socialist, as a Marxist, you always feel then, perhaps one day..."

Next Merseyside CNWP meeting: Thursday 18 September, 7.30pm, The Casa Club, 29 Hope Street, Liverpool.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 3 September 2008:

'Them and us' economy hits the rocks

Inequality - the world's deadliest disease!

Socialist Party editorial

Russia / Georgia war exposes limits of West

Socialist Party workplace news

Trades Union Congress: Building a real leadership against the bosses

John Mc Donnell MP protests at Unison witch-hunt

London buses: Strikers pack picket lines

Fight threat to Ford Transit plant jobs

Coastguards strike over bank holiday in pay protest

Socialist Party feature

Building a new workers' party: trade unionist initiative needed

Building industrial militancy

International socialist news and analysis

Poland: Biggest workers' demo since the 1990s

Socialist Party campaigns

Terry Fields memorial meeting

Arrested for selling The Socialist

Opposing the far right

Winners and losers at the Beijing Olympics

Water quality threat to health

Adding colour to The Socialist

Socialist Students

School and college students fighting back!

Socialist Party review

Inside Egypt: the land of the Pharaohs on the brink of a revolution

Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: Save our casualty unit!

NHS 'surplus' = cuts in care

Swollen profits, suffering patients


Facebook   Twitter

Home   |   The Socialist 3 September 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Bookshop

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:

Terry Fields:

triangle1983: A political voice for the working class

triangleHillsborough - eventually, the truth

triangleMPs' expenses scam continues: for workers' MPs on a worker's wage

triangle20th anniversary of Soviet miners' strike

triangleA memorial meeting dedicated to the memory of Terry Fields


triangleCNWP extended steering committee meeting

triangleNew workers' party needed

triangleUnion activists discuss pulling the plug on Labour

triangleCampaign for a new workers' party


triangleSocialist Party Scotland: Take the Liverpool Road, Defy the Tories

triangleLessons from the past: Liverpool City Council 1983-87

triangleLiverpool NSSN: How to fight the Tories' anti-union laws

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns



School support staff: Furious response to pay cut threat



Back our doctors and nurses


Labour Party

Kick out the Tory entryists



Cuts to school crossing supervision in Derbyshire



Leeds to get 'ethical' letting agency


Freshers fairs

Enthusiasm for socialism at freshers fairs


National Gallery

Emotional and inspiring strikers secure victory



Anger after violent youth deaths



Come to Socialism 2015


The Socialist

Subscribe to a paper by workers, for workers


Socialist Party

Give us the resources to defeat the Tories


Socialist Party

Why you should join the socialists



Kazakhstan: workers solidarity action


Fire service

Anger and protest against fire service cuts in Leicestershire



Campaign Kazakhstan protest: Kaz Minerals

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

triangle12 Oct Bomb attack on Ankara peace demo

triangle9 Oct School support staff: Furious response to pay cut threat

triangle7 Oct Emotional and inspiring strikers www victory

triangle7 Oct 100,000 march against Tory cuts

triangle7 Oct Anger after violent youth deaths

triangle6 Oct 'No time to lose' to organise against austerity

triangle30 Sep How can we bring down the Tories?

More ...

triangle14 Oct Kingston Socialist Students and Socialist Party: Race, Gender & Class

triangle14 Oct Salford Socialist Party: Fixing our broken economy

triangle15 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Is Nationalism the new radical alternative?

triangle15 Oct York Socialist Party: Introduction to Marxism

More ...

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Find us on Facebook






October 2015

September 2015

August 2015

July 2015

June 2015

May 2015

April 2015

March 2015

February 2015

January 2015



















Platform setting: = No platform choice