Daly, Dee

First name/s: Dee
Last name: Daly
Known names / nicknames: Deirdre Daly (Always known as Dee)
Date of birth: 09/08/1966
Year of birth: 1966

Life before Ruskin

Date of birth: 9th August 1966

Place: Woking

Family: Parents were both Irish immigrants who came to London in the 1950’s. Mum worked as a bus conductor for London Transport and dad worked on building sites and in factories.

Work: Trained as a nurse at Kingston Hospital.
Politics/Trade union activity: Joined the Labour Party in 1984 and joined COHSE (a predecessor union of UNISON) and became a Shop Steward and Assistant Branch Secretary.

Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin) Unison

Life at Ruskin

Dates at Ruskin (1) 1990 -1992 and (2) 2005 – 2007
Source of funding (1) Adult Education Bursary + COHSE Bursary (2) Self funding.
Campaigns/political activity (1) Secretary Labour Club
Subjects studied at Ruskin (1) Labour Studies Diploma (2) MA in Public History
Dissertation 1) Early effects of NHS Trust Status on a medium sized District General Hospital and (2) The Unwritten History of Working Class Southern Irish Catholic Soldiers in WW1
Qualification : Labour Studies Diploma (1992) and MA Public History (2007)

Life after Ruskin

Education Studied Industrial Relations and Economics at Keele
Returned to the NHS as a Senior Staff Nurse in theatres immediately post education. Subsequently moved into NHS planning and has been a Cancer Services Manager at a large NHS Trust in the South East of England
Politics/trade union activity
Became a GMB Shop Steward and Branch Treasurer in Sussex. Remains an active GMB member. Was CLP Secretary for Hastings & Rye from 1996 – 2008 and CLP Treasurer from 2008 – present. Very actively involved in local campaigns and successful general and local election campaigns. A co-organiser (with fellow Ruskin student Susannah Farley-Green) of the Robert Tressell Festival since 1996. Was a Trustee of a Hastings based Drugs and Alcohol Charity from 2002 – 2009. Continuing research into World War One, in particular the experiences of under represented groups.


Still resolutely single but happily surrounded by brothers and sisters in the Labour movement!
Place & date of death  N/A

Hastings, East Sussex

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Year of death: 0

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I am immensely proud of my involvement in the successful election of the first Labour MP for Hastings and Rye in 1997 and my continued involvement in successful campaigns to elect a truly socialist Labour Council in Hastings. The Robert Tressell festival in Hastings has attracted speakers from across the UK and it continues to be a delight to welcome so many former Ruskin students as speakers and visitors.

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Dee Daly

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