After I left the Civic I was very saddened to receive a text message telling me that Peggy Griffith had died.
Peggy is one of those unsung heroines who never sought office, but was absolutely essential to the successful running of the Labour Party. There are many Councillors who can thank Peggy for their electoral success. There is also at least one MP, the late Gwyneth Dunwoody. Peggy was an absolute rock for Gwyneth, a great friend, confidante and soul mate.
I first met Peggy in the 1987 General election and learnt very quickly that she was a woman as formidable as Gwyneth, who didn't suffer fools gladly. In the 1992 General Election Peggy ran the Crewe South Office when I was the Agent. Peggy made sure the leaflets were delivered, the canvassing was completed and the troops were fed and watered (after they'd done some work).
Peggy never did anything in half measures. She was as passionate about her football as she was about her politics. A die-hard Manchester United fan, she would never hear a word said against the club, players or management.
Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party will very much miss Peggy.