Jim Cattermole died on 11 January, aged 96 after a short illness. He was a Labour Party Organiser 1945-72 and Director of the Labour Committee for Europe 1972-98.
Jim moved to Nottingham in 1952 to become the Party’s Regional Organiser for the East Midlands, a post he held for the next 20 years. In 1972 – when he was already 61, an age when many people would look forward to retirement – Jim returned to London to become Director of the Labour Committee for Europe, and in 1973 he was elected Nottinghamshire County Council, on which he served for four years.
He co-ordinated the Labour side of the campaign for a yes vote in the 1975 referendum on entry to what was then known as the Common Market, and was a key figure behind the scenes in the party at the time, widely trusted and respected by senior figures.