Here is the message sent from our Chair, Louise Davies, to our members regarding the sad news about our former MP Bill Michie:
I am sorry to inform you that our former MP, Bill Michie, passed away yesterday. His family has sent the following message:
I am sad to let you know that Bill Michie died this morning at 10.15am (Friday 22nd September) at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
He had been taken back to hospital on Monday with a severe chest infection and after having breakfast this morning and seemingly being a little better he presently died in his bed.
He has had the most horrific health problems over the last two years and recently he had a devastating attack of shingles that he was fortunate to survive. It is often a cliché to say the deceased bore their illness with great fortitude -- but Bill really did, showing exemplary courage at all times. He lived by himself in a large house and despite having lost a leg he managed to sleep upstairs and carry out most of the daily tasks he need to perform.
He served on the SYCC from the first election in 1976 until abolition in 1986. In truth his major local government work was with Sheffield City Council (1970-84) where he was Chair of Planning and Chief Whip and at one time an unsuccessful candidate for the leadership, being defeated by David Blunkett. He gained some fame as the man who fixed the Red Flag on the Town Hall flag post after the staff (all Union members) refused to do so. And objections to a subway painting of John Wayne got him headlines across the world. (one was-- "This subway ain't big enough for the two of us!!" also a lot of hate mail from the putative Alt Right.
Elected to Parliament in 1983 for Sheffield Heeley (one of only four SYCC members to become MPs) he served until 2001. A member of the Campaign Group and proud of his working class background, Bill was fiercely defensive of the Left in British politics, along with another rebel (A Mr. J Corbyn --whatever happened to him?) so much so that at one time one of the tabloids called him the "Third Most Dangerous Man in Britain" . (Tony Benn was the first but who was second?) Bill was rather proud of this title, and was received with some hostility by the Labour Party establishment when he first got to Parliament.
He was born in Sheffield on 24th November 1935 and married Judith in 1988 and they enjoyed an idyllic marriage together before her death last year. He is survived by two sons from a previous marriage, Simon and Jonathon, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Will post notice of funeral arrangements.
Simon, Jonathan, Suzy & Daniel
I have contacted Bill's family to pass on our condolences. I will let you know the funeral arrangements when they become available.