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Johnnie Hunter

Johnnie Hunter is a leading member of the Young Communist League of Britain.

I joined the Party and the YCL when I turned sixteen and have been a member for over eight years now. I was elected as Scottish Organiser of the YCL in 2011, a position which I have held for seven years. However I am now stepping down to focus on my new duties a General Secretary.[1]


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In 2022 Johnnie Hunter visited Cuba as part of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign’s Young Trade Unionists May Day Brigade and for the VII International Seminar for Peace and the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases in Guantánamo. [2]

Thirty-one young trade unionists from Britain and Ireland joined 140 activists from around the world in Cuba spring 2022 on the first May Day Brigade for three years The young members representing unions Unite, UNISON, CWU, ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and USDAW were part of CSC’s 15th annual Young Trade Unionists’ May Day Brigade. Several of them had waited two years to make the trip after the original 2020 brigade had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After an early start from Gatwick, the group arrived at their base, the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp (CIJAM) in Artemisa province just outside Havana, on the evening of 24 April. There they met Cuban Friendship Institute (ICAP) representatives and joined up with the other volunteers from 15 countries including Chile, South Africa, Canada and the United States.

Activities were split between agricultural work, political and historical talks, visits and cultural events.

Delegates were particularly inspired to hear from two of the Miami Five heroes who visited the camp in their official capacities as leaders of two important Cuban organisations. Fernando Gonzalez, President of ICAP, and Gerardo Hernandez, National Coordinator for the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution, had both spent many years unjustly imprisoned in US jails for trying to stop terrorist attacks against their countries. During his speech, Fernando presented the group with an award for CSC and its members and affiliates for 40 years of solidarity and activism against the US blockade.

As part of the political talks about Cuban society, Gerardo was joined on a panel with other representatives of Cuba’s mass organisations, in this case the first secretary of the provincial CTC (Federation of Cuban Workers) and Diana Castillo, National organiser for the Union de Jovenes Comunistas (young communists). Following the panel discussion the groups had the opportunity to split into smaller groups and have more detailed discussions.

The highlight of the trip for most of the delegation was joining a thousand international guests from 60 countries on the tribune in front of the José Martí memorial in Revolution Square to watch the first May Day march for three years.

They shared the viewing platform with Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel, former president Raul Castro, Ulises Guilarte General Secretary of the CTC, and the Miami Five heroes who signed several of the brigadistas’ flags and t-shirts. Havana residents marched in defiance against the blockade, for Cuban independence and in celebration of Cuban workers under the banner ‘Unity, commitment and victory’ (Unidad, compromiso y victoria).

Delegates included Johnnie Hunter, Michelle Byrne, Unite, Ireland, Charlotte Chapman, Unite the Union, East Midlands, Maisie D, TSSA, Ben Davis, Unite the Union, Twm Draper, CWU Great Western, Rob Kitley, ASLEF, South West, Laura Marshall, CWU, Alejandra Navarro-Woods, UNISON North West, Dan Pearce, Unite the Union, South East, Lauren Strain, Unite the Union, Scotland, Micaela Tracey-Ramos, UNISON North West, Nick West, Unite London and Eastern.

The delegation returned to Britain and Ireland energised and inspired by the brigade and pledged to continue to build solidarity with the Cuba people from within their trade unions and communities.[3]

Glasgow Council elections 2022

Canal - Johnnie Hunter, 28, solicitor and shop steward, is a member of the Party’s Glasgow Branch and is General Secretary of the Young Communist League of Britain.

CPB Political Committee

At the January 2022 Communist Party of Britain executive committee meeting Andy Bain, Mollie Brown, Ben Chacko (Alternate member), Tony Conway, Lorraine Douglas, Alex Gordon, Robert Griffiths, Johnnie Hunter, Kevan Nelson (Alternate member), Carol Stavris, Ruth Styles were appointed to the CPB Political Committee.[4]

CPB Organisation Committee

At the January 2022 Communist Party of Britain executive committee meeting Andy Chaffer, Lorraine Douglas, Robert Griffiths, Jonathan Havard, Phil Katz David Morgan, Ruth Styles, Liz Payne, David Pettifor, Johnnie Hunter, Nick Wright were appointed to the CPB Political Committee.[5]

Glasgow YCLers


Michael Quinn, Jack Sloan, Rory Pryde, Craig Scott, Johnnie Hunter, Ronan Penman, James Meechan.

CPB Executive Committee

At the Communist Party of Britain’s 56th congress on November 6-7 the following executive committee was elected Nisar Ahmed, Sonya Andermahr, Andy Bain, Mollie Brown, Andrea Burford, Sean David Cannon, Ben Chacko, Andy Chaffer, Tony Conway, Mary Davis, Lorraine Douglas, Alex Gordon, Bill Greenshields, Moz Greenshields, Robert Griffiths, Jonathan Havard, Richard Hebbert, Johnnie Hunter, Bernadette Keaveney, Tam Kirby, Hugh Kirkbride, Gawain Little, Sarah McDonough, David Morgan, Tommy Morrison, Kevan Nelson, Evan Pritchard, Carol Stavris, Ruth Styles, Robin Talbot, Jade Welburn.[6]

Unemployment Fightback!


May 29 2021.

Speakers include Bill Greenshields and Mollie Brown of the Communist Party of Britain, Steve Turner, Mark Porter of Rolls Royce Unite, Rohan Kon of Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise, Johnnie Hunter YCL, Laura Smith - ex Labour MP and No Turning Back campaigner, Helen O'Connor - NHS activist, Sabby Dhalu of SUTR and Jackie Simpkins of War on Want and Mike Lynch of RMT.

Zero Covid Conference

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November 2020 The People's Assembly organized an online "Zero Covid Conference". Participants included:

Centenary conference

Communist Party of Britain centenary conference August 1, 2020

Against imperialism & militarism


Sochi, October 2017


Young Communist League of Britain Facebook post dated October 22, 2017.[7]

Owain Holland, Peter Stoddart, Robin Talbot, Daoud Hamdani, Johnnie Hunter, Harry Warren.

Meeting Ukraine communist


Owain Holland, Johnnie Hunter with Mikhail Kononovich General Secretary of the Komsomol of Ukraine.


YCL 2015 leadership

The Young Communist League of Britain’s new Executive Committee met for the first time over the weekend since the last Congress. Elected to the EC in December at our 47th Congress in January 15 were Laura-Jane Rossington, Julian Jones, Ryan Boyle, Robin Talbot, Calum Baird, Daragh O'Neill, Johnnie Hunter, Daoud Hamdani, Owain Holland and Zoe Hennessy.

The Executive met in the Communist Party of Britain’s Glasgow Office on Saturday. Zoe Hennessy was elected as General Secretary, Owain Holland as Chair and Julian Jones was elected as Treasurer of the YCL.

Comrades assumed the following roles as officers on the Executive Committee: Laura-Jane Rossington was elected as Women’s Officer, Daragh O'Neill as Student Officer, Ryan Boyle as Industrial Officer, Calum Baird as Anti-Racism Anti-Fascism Officer, Owain Holland as Marxist-Leninist Education Officer, Robin Talbot as Communications Officer, Johnnie Hunter as Challenge Editor and Julian Jones as International Secretary.[8]

YCL summer camp 2015


Ken Keable, Thomas Butler, Robin Talbot, Zoe Hennessy, Johnnie Hunter.

A night of Class Music

Calum Baird

In 2014 young Scottish communists launched their long-awaited new social and fund-raising initiative last month with their first-ever gig at the Roxy bar in Glasgow.

The Class Music night saw singer-songwriter Calum Baird, spoken word act and former YCL EC member Marc Livingstone and local bard Declan Welsh take to the stage.

YCL Scottish organiser Johnnie Hunter said the inspiration for the night came from the “rich musical tradition we have on the left.”

“I think as young communists it’s very important to foster a different social scene in opposition to the commercialised, often sexist and individualist outlook youth are fed presently.”[9]

21st Century Marxism 2014

21st Century Marxism 2014 was held 26th-27th July 2014, Clerkenwell Green London.

Speakers included Johnnie Hunter.