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Joe Ashton

Joe Ashton MP was born in the Sheffield slums in 1933. He started work on the shop floor at 15 and climbed the union and Sheffield City Council ladder, with Roy Hattersley, to win a famous by-election in coal-mining Bassetlaw in 1968. Playwright and novelist, he wrote a twice weekly column for the tabloid Daily Star for nine years, and won the Granada TV award on "What the Papers Say" for his features on the miners strike.