Responding to the sad news of the death of Davey Hopper, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite the union, said: “On behalf of Unite the union I offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to Davey’s family, and to all members of the Durham Miners’ Association.
“Hearts will be heavy today as we reflect upon the loss of this brilliant and determined man, a giant of our movement, a man dedicated to justice, equality and the betterment of his community.
“I have lost a great friend but I won’t be alone in remembering Davey with huge affection and admiration. He was a true friend to working people and a proud son of the north east who brought passion and grit to the fight to improve the lives of working people.
“His legacy will, of course, live on in the Gala, the most vibrant union gathering in the world, which thrives because Davey never, ever let us forget that we must celebrate our traditions, we must not lose our history and we must bring our values to all that we seek to achieve today.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.