Death of Jimmy Reid aged 78

 

On August 2010 Jimmy Reid is taken to hospital from his home on the Isle of Bute. Across the very river, the River Clyde, on which he made a living, and led a nation and the working class to an momentous victory.

In Greenock, aged 78, Jimmy dies from a brain haemorrhage. Despite leaving the Communist Party for the Labour Party and then switching to the SNP in 2005, Jimmy Reid never made it to Parliament in his political career.

But his stewardship, his rhetoric and his achievements that helped lead the UCS to victory against the government makes him a political colossus whose story will be told for the next 50 years in Scotland and across the left.

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