Hetty Bower

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Hetty Bower (née Rimel; 28 September 1905 – 12 November 2013)[1] was a British political activist, known for devoting her life to political campaigning since the early 1920s.

Bower was born in 1905 in Dalston. As she grew older, she was inspired to campaign by her sister, Cissie Rimel. In 1923, Bower joined the Labour Party at the age of 17. As a Labour party member, Bower participated in the 1926 General Strike and the Battle of Cable Street in 1936.[2]

During World War II, she ran a refugee hostel for people departing Czechoslovakia. She was also a founding member of the Campaign For Nuclear Disarmament, better known as CND, in 1957. As the years went by, Bower developed a strong friendship with Ed Miliband, who became leader of the Labour Party.[3] In her remaining years, she was invited to several political campaigning events.[4]


  1. ^ "Hetty Bower (obituary)". The Independent. 16 September 2013. p. 48. 
  2. ^ "Tributes flood in as ‘tireless campaigner’ Hetty Bower dies aged 108". Ham&High. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Veteran peace campaigner dies aged 108". The Haringey Advertiser. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hetty Bower vowed to campaign until her final breath - her last words were ‘Ban the bomb for ever’". The Mirror. Retrieved 16 November 2013.