Bill Michie obituary

Sheffield city councillor, trade unionist and Labour MP whose lifelong commitment to socialism never wavered

Before his election to the House of Commons in 1983, Bill Michie, who has died aged 81, was a Sheffield city councillor at the time when the authority was a part of what had been nicknamed the “People’s Republic of South Yorkshire”. The ironic title, originally bestowed in criticism of the radical policies pursued by local Labour politicians, was in fact happily embraced by those it was intended to denigrate, including Michie, whose lifelong commitment to the pursuit of socialism never wavered.

The political path he trod was always democratic and he remained loyal to the party he had joined as a young electrician in the steel industry.

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