Ruth Coleman Taylor’s Funeral Details

It’s two weeks since liberal legend Ruth Coleman-Taylor died.

Ruth was a Council leader, six time parliamentary candidate, mayor and a kind and wise presence at Conference. I am missing her so much.

Her husband Mick Taylor has asked us to let you know her funeral details.

The Quaker Service will take place on Thursday 18th August at 2:30 pm at a venue steeped with Lib Dem history. It’s at the Birchcliffe Centre in Hebden Bridge which many of you will recognise as the home of ALDC until a few years ago.

Mick is asking for donations in Ruth’s memory for a cause close to her heart, the Abortion Support Network. ASN provides accommodation and support for pregnant people travelling from places such as Northern Ireland, Malta, Gibraltar and Poland, where safe, legal abortion is not available.

From ASN’s website:

We also provide confidential, non-judgmental information to anyone who contacts us seeking information about travelling within Europe for an abortion, as well as information about reputable providers of early medical abortion pills by post.

Since 2009 we’ve been contacted by over 5,000 people needing help to access a safe, legal abortion. Please donate to help support even more.

I first met Ruth through Women Liberal Democrats back in 1992. She was so commited to women’s rights and represented the party on the Women’s National Commission for a long time.

Please pass on the details of Ruth’s funeral to anyone you think would want to know.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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  • Mick Taylor 30th Jul '22 - 1:59pm

    For information, there is a hostel at the Birchcliffe Centre and a number of hotels/B&Bs in both Hebden Bridge and nearby Todmorden. The White Lion in Hebden Bridge is good.

  • Rebecca Taylor 30th Jul '22 - 3:23pm

    Thanks for this. Lovely photo of you & Ruth 😘. We are all missing her*. Ruth never missed a chance to put her feminism into action. Only a few weeks ago I stumbled across an article Ruth had written on LDV about the lack of childcare at conference; highlighting that I was unable to attend as a result because I had a mobile toddler at the time. I had complained about this to many people including Ruth, but I think she was the only person to try and do something about it!

    *Ruth was my Step-Mum; married to my Dad for 15 years, together for longer.

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