Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Peter Leonard Niall Smith

Peter Smith was born in Brighton, Sussex 10th May 1914 educated at Canford school and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge left with M.A. with honours degree in mathematics and English literature. On leaving University he took up teaching, but subsequently joined the staff of the International Peace Campaign.

He later became a scientific worker at a local Slough firm. Peter Smith became a leading light of Slough Communist Party from the early nineteen forties culminating in him standing as the Communist parliamentary candidate at the 1950 general election. Moved to Uxbridge becoming a company sales director in an engineering company. Peter Smith helped found Hillingdon Peace Council.

He joined the Labour Party primarily as a result of events in Hungary, but some in the local Communist party accused him of careerism. Peter soon took a high profile in the local Labour Party standing for the council (he was still standing in the 1980's) and being elected chairman of Uxbridge Labour Party. He took a great interest in educational matters and was a member of London Borough of Hillingdon Education Committee and governor of Bishophalt School. Later lived in to Ickenham. Married with one son. member of the Assoc of Scientific Workers Union.