Basil Majoram, Labour Party agent for South West Norfolk for 27 years, died in May at the age of 84. Basil was a true representative of that branch of rural Labour members which flourished especially in East Anglia.
Born in Woodbridge, Suffolk, he began work as a brick layer. After serving in the Royal Navy during the war, he became a Union organiser for building workers before becoming full time agent in South West Norfolk, a key marginal at the time. He was agent in the 1959 by election which saw Labour hold the seat and elect the farm workers official, Albert Hilton as MP. Unfortunately Basil was made redundant in 1983, just 15 months short of his retirement, but continued to be actively involved in the party and local community.