Tony Mulhearn, speaking at Socialism 2008, credit: Paul Mattsson (uploaded 13/11/2008)
Tony Mulhearn, speaking at Socialism 2008, credit: Paul Mattsson

International Workers’ Memorial Day, 28 April, in Liverpool was marked by a ceremony at the Pier Head with the unveiling of a plaque in memory of Tony Mulhearn. Tony was a leading member of the Liverpool 47 councillors who defied and defeated Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government in the 1980s.

In May 2021 the plaque had been unveiled at a temporary site, and this time was unveiled at its permanent site.

Tony, who sadly died in 2019, was a lifelong socialist and a member of the Socialist Party.

At the International Workers’ Memorial Day event in 2019, Tony had spoken from the floor, and had announced that he was terminally ill from a lung disease believed to have been caused by harmful chemical fumes breathed in during his years working in the printing industry.

In that contribution, Tony said: “Those who put profit above worker safety, should never go unchallenged.” This statement  is inscribed on the plaque.

The plaque is on the wall of a building which surrounds the ventilation shaft for one of the Mersey tunnels. Initially, Labour metro mayor of the Liverpool city region, Steve Rotheram, had objected to it as being too political. His comments caused an outcry and he quickly backed down.

Among the speakers was Tony’s son Joe, who made reference to his father’s ultimately fatal illness.

Click here to read the obituary ‘Tony Mulhearn: A courageous leader of Liverpool working class, and a lifelong Militant and Socialist Party member’.

Roger Bannister