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CND and Labour legend Walter Wolfgang dies aged 95

LABOUR stalwart and Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) co-founder Walter Wolfgang died in hospital yesterday morning aged 95.

CND vice-chair Carol Turner said that he “died peacefully in hospital in the early hours of this morning, after a long and full life.”

CND general secretary Kate Hudson said: “A huge loss to our movement. Walter was a founding member of CND and was on the committee which organised the first Aldermaston march. He was active with CND as a vice-president and chair of Labour CND until the very end.

“A new generation came to know Walter after cameras recorded him being forcibly ejected from the annual Labour Party Conference in 2005 for shouting ‘nonsense’ during Jack Straw’s speech on the Iraq war.

“In Walter’s own words, ‘the danger of a nuclear war leading to the end of humankind is greater than ever. The struggle is on. We shall overcome’.”

Mark Seddon, former editor of Tribune, said: “Very sad to hear this news about Walter Wolfgang, who devoted himself to nuclear disarmament and peace.”

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said he was “saddened” to hear the news of Mr Wolfgang’s death.

Ken Livingstone, Labour’s former mayor of London, said: “He’ll be greatly missed. We must honour his memory by continuing to fight for peace.”

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