Commemoration of Willie Gallacher Communist MP for West Fife


Alex Rowley MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife attended the unveiling of a cairn in commemoration of the life of Willie Gallacher Communist MP for West Fife.

A cairn was unveiled to celebrate the life of the UK’s longest serving Communist MP in Paisley; the hometown of Willie Gallacher. Willie served two terms in the House of Commons, being elected to represent the seat of West Fife in 1935, and only losing his seat in 1950.

Commenting on the unveiling of the cairn, Mr Rowley said:

“Willie was one of the true heroes of Red Clydeside as well as being a strong voice for workers in West Fife. His work during the war period lead to his recognition as being one of the leading figures of the shop steward’s movement. This cairn commemorates a man who dedicated his life to fighting for improvements to the conditions workers were faced with at the time.”

More than 100 people attended the unveiling of the cairn for Willie Gallacher, who was also one of the founding members of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Following the event, Mr Rowley has raised a motion in the Scottish Parliament to recognise and honour the work that Willie undertook.

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