HE was both a Labour MP and a trade union activist.

Frank Cousins was elected Member of Parliament for Nuneaton in Warwickshire at a by-election in January 1965 and remained an MP until November 1966.

He is pictured here with the management of CVA Ltd, a toolmaking company that used be in Portland Road in Hove.

The company was founded in 1917, starting life as CA Vandervell.

It produced war material, including munitions.

In 1934, the name was changed to CVA Jigs Moulds and Tools.

During the Second World War, the Hove factory was expanded and the company took on another one in Kemp Town in Brighton.

When it started to build Kearney and Trecker mills in the late 1950s, it needed larger sites and two factories were built in Hollingbury in Brighton and Lineside in Littlehampton.

The Portland Road factory was closed in 1973 and the company became Kearney and Trecker Marwin.

It later changed names again to Flexible Manufacturing Technology but went into receivership in 1994. do any of our readers remeber it?

Also pictured today are senior citizens marching down Queen’s Road as part of the Trade Union pensioners’ demonstration in Brighton in 1980.

Vic Feather held the post of general secretary of the Trade Union Congress from 1969 to 1973.

Our photo is from a visit to Brighton in 1970, when he was taking a break on the seafront from his trade union work.

Joe Gormley, or Baron Gormley, OBE, was president of the National Union of Mineworkers from 1971 to 1982 and a Labour peer.

He presided over the national strike that began on January 9, 1972.

Joe was born in 1917 and became a miner at the age of 14.

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