Ann Sacks -2006

Anne Sacks who died in March 2006 was a journalist who had an extensive career on national newspapers. She was born and grew up in South Africa, where she was active in the campaign against the apartheid regime. After gaining a degree in journalism and politics and a postgraduate diploma in industrial relations, Anne worked as a political reporter in Johannesburg. She came to Britain in 1985 because her political activities put her in danger.

After arriving in Britain, Anne immediately joined the Labour Party and continued her journalistic career on the Financial Times, London Evening Standard, Independent on Sunday and the Guardian. Anne also worked as a press officer for Catalyst, a campaigning research organisation funded by the Trade Unions. She had a master’s degree in cultural studies from City University.

Anne was a member of the Labour party for 20 years as well as a member of Amicus, NUJ, Co-operative Party and the Fabian Society. In 2004 she was a European candidate for the North-West region and in 2005 a Parliamentary candidate in the Lancaster and Wyre constituency. As well as her work for the Labour Party, Anne was a chair of Governors at a primary school and the trustee of a local community charity.

Anne was married to David Marsh.