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RMT leader Bob Crow dies – reaction

11 March 2014

RMT leader Bob Crow has died aged 52, the Press Association is reporting. Only yesterday the union boss was giving broadcast interviews, including this one on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme. The RMT released a statement this morning saying:

‘It is with the deepest regret that RMT has to confirm that our General Secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning.

‘The union’s offices will be closed for the rest of the day and the union will make further announcements in due course. The media have been asked to respect the privacy of Bob’s friends and family at this difficult and distressing time.’

Here’s Boris Johnson, Mayor of London:

‘I’m shocked. Bob Crow was a fighter and a man of character. Whatever our political differences, and there were many, this is tragic news. Bob fought tirelessly for his beliefs and for his members. There can be absolutely no doubt that he played a big part in the success of the Tube, and he shared my goal to make transport in London an even greater success. It’s a sad day’

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Labour leader Ed Miliband has also released a statement:

‘Bob Crow was a major figure in the labour movement and was loved and deeply respected by his members.

‘I didn’t always agree with him politically but I always respected his tireless commitment to fighting for the men and women in his union. He did what he was elected to do, was not afraid of controversy and was always out supporting his members across the country.

‘He was a passionate defender of and campaigner for safe, affordable public transport and was a lifelong anti-fascist activist.

‘My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues in the RMT and wider union movement at this difficult time.’

David Cameron’s official spokesman said today:

‘The prime minister expresses his sincere condolences to Mr Crow’s family and friends.’

Nigel Farage, leader of Ukip, has tweeted his tribute:


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  • Colonel Mustard

    I salute him as an enemy and a doughty fighter whose errant convictions were more honest than the oily millionaire politicians his organisation has sponsored. I welcome his departure from the massed ranks of the leftist collective though.

  • Tom Tom

    How many people died in the UK today ?

  • Nicholas chuzzlewit

    I disagreed with everything he said but he had, I believe, genuine conviction in his beliefs and pursued them with vigour. This made him a cut above the dissembling, utterly unprincipled, amoral rogues who have led this country according to their own sordid agendas since 1997.

  • Count Dooku

    I fundamentally disagreed with Crow on almost everything but what a man to lead a union!
    Someone with conviction who reminded me or Lady T. Only just yesterday he was defending higher pays for MPs! Always a pleasure to watch his interviews and I recall his reverse take-down of Brillo after the Tube strikes.
    Oddly, I’ll miss him.

  • Noa

    One of the few on the left who was a man of conviction. He opposed the EU because it was bad for British workers.

  • MirthaTidville

    Firstly I am sorry for his family,it is tragic to lose someone so young. Politically though he was the last of the Trade Union Dinosaurs, and very much modelled himself on the likes of Ray Buckton et al, for those old enough to remember the glee with which he caused railway havoc many years ago.He used the threat of strike disruption as the first weapon of choice. I hope his legacy is quickly forgotten and that his union moves forward into the modern age.

  • Robert_Eve

    I won’t be shedding any tears.

  • Gary

    The undertakers have just announced a strike in his honour.

  • Harold Angryperson

    RIP. I disagreed with the man, but if only the country had politicians as willing to stick up for it as Crow did for his members.

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