Nina Temple

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Nina Temple
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain
In office
January 1990 – November 1991
Preceded byGordon McLennan
Succeeded byPost abolished
General Secretary of the Young Communist League
In office
Preceded byTom Bell
Succeeded byDouglas Chalmers
Personal details
Nina Claire Temple

(1956-04-21) 21 April 1956 (age 63)
Westminster, London, England
Political partyCommunist Party of Great Britain
Other political
Democratic Left
Alma materImperial College, London

Nina Claire Temple (born 21 April 1956)[1] is a British politician who was the last Secretary[2] of the Communist Party of Great Britain and was formerly a think-tank director in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Temple was born in Westminster, London, the daughter of Barbara J. (Rainnie) and Landon Roy Temple. Born into a communist family (her father ran Progressive Tours and was a Communist Party of Great Britain member),[2] she joined the Young Communist League when she was 13, later protesting in London against the Vietnam War.[3] She has a degree in materials science from Imperial College, London.[3][4] She is the sister of film director Julien Temple and the aunt of actress Juno Temple.

Communist Party of Great Britain[edit]

During the late 1970s she was general secretary of the Young Communist League and became a prominent member of the Eurocommunist grouping within the party. She became a member of the CPGB executive in 1979, and then a member of the Political Committee in January 1982.[5]

She was the Press and Publicity Officer of the CPGB from January 1983 until 1989,[6] when she became the last (General) Secretary of the party in January 1990, aged 33.[3] She pledged to make the party "feminist and green, as well as democratically socialist."[7] In this role Temple became one of the leading proponents of the dissolution of the CPGB in November 1991 and the founding of its legal successor, the Democratic Left.[8][9]

Think tanks[edit]

The Democratic Left continued through the 1990s, becoming the New Politics Network in 1999. Temple was its first director[8] and worked for five years for the Make Votes Count Coalition.[10]

In June 2005 she started work as head of Development and Communications at the Social Market Foundation, a role she held until 2008.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Temple has two children with a schoolteacher, a daughter born in 1987 and a son born in 1988.[3]

Temple became ill with Parkinson's disease in 2000.[4] She trained in counselling at the Gestalt Centre in Old Street, and in September 2003 founded Sing For Joy, a choir of people with chronic degenerative diseases.[4][11][12]


  1. ^ "Ms Nina Temple's Biography". Debretts. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  2. ^ a b Temple dropped 'General' from her job description, see Francis Beckett Enemy Within: The Rise and Fall of the Communist Party, London: John Murray, 1995, p213
  3. ^ a b c d Rule, Sheila (2 February 1990). "New Name and New Age (Is There a New Party?)". New York Times. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  4. ^ a b c d Newman, Sara (10 July 2008). "Parkinson's sufferers are in full voice!". Camden New Journal.
  5. ^ Bull, Martin J.; Paul Heywood (1994). West European Communist parties after the revolutions of 1989. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0-312-12268-3.
  6. ^ Clark, William (29 December 1989). "Scottish Communist Party 'in good heart'". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  7. ^ "Communist Choice". Glasgow Herald. 15 January 1990. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  8. ^ a b Cohen, Nick (23 October 2000). "Up for grabs: £3.5m of Stalin's gold". New Statesman. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  9. ^ "British communists propose name change". Herald-Journal. 23 November 1991. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  10. ^ Tempest, Matthew (6 January 2003). "Voting change would be fitting legacy, say campaigners". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  11. ^ "Music a 'mega-vitamin' for the brain". CNN. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2010.
  12. ^ Stretton, Penny (13 July 2007). "Singers discover the healing power of song". Ham & High. Retrieved 9 February 2010.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Bell
General Secretary of the Young Communist League
1979 - 1983
Succeeded by
Douglas Chalmers
Preceded by
Gordon McLennan
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain
January 1990 - November 1991
Succeeded by
post abolished