Jack Hood, 100 years, deservedly received a standing ovation as he was presented with his outstanding achievement award from Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson at the Party Conference in Brighton.
Jack from Wolstanton, first joined the Labour Party 84 years ago and began his political activism by demonstrating against the Nazi occupation Czechlosovakia in 1938. Jack volunteered to fight at the start of World War II and served in North Africa. He has continued to campaign throughout his time including against General Franco in Spain and, more recently, against the Iraq War in 2003. A delighted Jack said,
"This award means a lot to me...I'm proud to be a member of the Labour Party"
Also present to watch Jack receive his award were family members and members of Newcastle Labour Party including delegate Ruth Wright and Paul Farrelly MP. Paul paid tribute to Jack and added,
"Jack has made an important contribution to the Labour Party and our local area over a whole life time. This Merit Award is truly deserved and I am delighted to congratulate him".
For more on Jack and his award, plus his thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn as the new Labour leader visit the article in the Sentinel here.