Russell Tuck -2010

Russell Tuck who died on 5 January aged 89, was a former National Union of Railwaymen Senior Assistant General Secretary and an NEC member from 1978 to the mid 1980s.

Russell Tuck was part of the trade union led ‘Loyalist Group’ on the NEC, formed in 1978 in an attempt to shield James Callaghan from the onslaught of the far left of the party. Its philosophy was to ‘let us win the general election first and argue later’.

As Chair of the Organisation Committee, Russell had a pivotal role in expelling Militant from the party. John Golding writing on Annual Conference 1983: “Jack Straw, John Mortimer and Russell Tuck each spoke against a background of slow handclaps and barracking as they forced home the case against Militant. For all the shouting, however, the delegates knew the size of the vote meant that Militant was finished as a national force in the Labour Party. The days of Troskyite bullying were numbered.”

He is survived by his wife, Peggy, and sons Paul and Julian.