Dr Ed Gouge

Dr Ed Gouge

Dr Ed Gouge

Emily Pearce

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@IWCPEmily

Friday, January 12, 2018 - 13:00

IW LABOUR Party secretary Dr Ed Gouge has died, aged 70.
The political campaigner died at Earl Mountbatten Hospice last Tuesday following a short illness.
Hailed as a ‘principled and dedicated socialist’ by shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who served with him on the Greater London Council, Dr Gouge was born in Northfleet, Kent, in 1947.
As a boy he moved to Windsor, where his parents, Sidney and Ivy, ran a cafe. 
He attended Windsor Grammar School then Bristol University, graduating with a degree in geography. He obtained a masters in politics at Birbeck, University of London and a PhD in politics, philosophy and economics at Leeds University.
He met his future wife, Mary, when he moved back to Gravesend. She was the women’s secretary of the local Labour Party and he was a Labour councillor, and their love of jazz and socialist principles were a match made in heaven.
The couple were married on New Year’s Day 1993, and their son, Elliott, was born in October that year.
Dr Gouge was appointed a politics lecturer at the University of Leeds, and the family moved to York where they spent 18 happy years.
During the 1980s, he worked with the likes of Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Ken Livingstone, Diane Abbott and others at the Greater London Council, where he chaired the planning committee.
Dr Gouge was a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an adviser for University Study Portal, BritPolitics.
The family moved to the Island five years ago, when Dr Gouge became involved in the Island Labour Party. He became secretary and oversaw a huge increase in membership. 
His funeral will be held at the IW Crematorium at 3pm on Friday, February 9, followed by a celebration of his life at the Royal British Legion, Ventnor. 
Donations can be made to Earl Mountbatten Hospice or the cardiac unit at St Mary’s Hospital.

 


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