One of the region’s longest serving Labour members received special recognition at Labour Party Annual Conference in Brighton today.
Eighty seven year old Myrtle Macpherson has been a member of Easington CLP for over fifty years
Throughout her membership she has campaigned tirelessly both in local and national elections by delivering leaflets and attending demonstrations and rallies in Easington and other parts of the country, to preserve local services and save jobs. She has devoted her life to the betterment of her local community.
During the miners’ strike in the 1980s Myrtle was a cook, providing meals five days per week as part of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’. In fact, Easington CLP note that Myrtle “baked numerous pies which are world renowned - people from many countries have sampled Myrtle’s pies.”
Myrtle sat in a caravan outside Vane Tempest pit for a year and was in the delegation who took a petition to Downing Street against the pit closures.
Myrtle was also part of a delegation to Cuba to take clothes for miners and their families, and she attends the Durham Miners gala every year.
Myrtle continues to help others by visiting the housebound and those in hospital and has raised money for the Charlie Bear scanner appeal for a local hospital. She is a member of the Donnini House residents association.
Today she received a special merit award on stage from Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Deputy Leader Tom Watson and the party’s General Secretary Iain McNicol.
Myrtle Macpherson said:
“I was very proud to get this award. I’ve been in the Labour Party fifty years and I didn’t join to get this. The national award was fantastic and I was so excited to come to Conference.
“It was nice for the national merit award to come to Easington when I went on stage I said to Jeremy and Tom if you come up North don’t forget to give me a ring and I’ll make them a pie.”
Mrs MacPherson’s daughter Heather said:
“I know she’s my mam but she’s worked really hard for fifty years and its good for people to recognise it. I’m proud of her. She’s 87 and been in politics over 50 years and it wasn’t always easy, especially not for women in those days. “