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OBITUARY FOR ELLIS HILLMAN

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Ellis Hillman- 'a long-term figure on the left in London's local government arena' - who has died aged 68, is featu...
Ellis Hillman- 'a long-term figure on the left in London's local government arena' - who has died aged 68, is featured in a Guardian obituary (p15)

Iltyd Harrington writes that during his life at London's County Hall from 1958-81, as chair of the arts and recreation committee, cllr Hillman 'succeeded in spending a vast budget shrewdly on anything from football to flamenco. Unlike some of his colleagues he realised that culture was not a dirty word.'

As a 'small enthusiastic Jewish teenager' he led a 'Woody Allenish' type existence which included attempts to join an armed revolution with a few dozen rifles owned by the Revolutionary Communist Party.

Although Mr Hillman 'fell foul of the left take over in 1981', he 'bounced back in 1994/95 as the first Labour mayor of the former staid and stuffy London Borough of Barnet - Mrs Thatcher, a local MP was not amused.'
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