Tommy Brennan

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Tommy Brennan is a Scottish political activist and a former member of the Labour Party. [1] He is widely known for being the convenor of shop stewards at Ravenscraig steelworks and leader of the fight to try to save the Scottish steel industry in the 1980s and 1990s [2] until he was made redundant in 1991, shortly before Ravenscraig's infamous closure. [3] He worked at the plant for a total of 31 years. [4] [5]

He received an MBE in the 1991 New Year Honours. [6] [7]

When asked in 2013 to comment on the death of Margaret Thatcher, who had been accused of betraying steel workers in government, [8] Brennan said: "I have a simple philosophy in life that if you look at every bad situation you may find a little plus there. The one plus I could find about Thatcher was that she brought salmon back to the Clyde – she closed all the industry on either side of it so they couldn't pollute it." [9]

Brennan has re-emerged recently as a proponent of Scottish independence, ahead of the country's referendum. [10]

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