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Tower Hamlets renames One Stop shop after trade unionist John Onslow

PUBLISHED: 17:19 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:19 23 April 2013

One of John Onslow's proud sons, Kevin, with widow Eileen [left] and sister Sheila Willis

One of John Onslow's proud sons, Kevin, with widow Eileen [left] and sister Sheila Willis

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A council One Stop shop has been renamed in honour of a man who devoted years to crusading for workers’ rights in London’s East End.

John Onslow, who died in 2008 at the age of 86, was an active trade unionist and GMB steward who campaigned to protect the rights of council employees.

A plaque in his honour was unveiled yesterday at Bow’s Gladstone Place One Stop shop in the Roman Road, now renamed John Onslow House, attended by his family and friends.

“My father had a tenacious appetite for justice,” recalled John’s son Paul. “He embarked on a selfless crusade to help people. Our spirits will be lifted each time we pass the building.”

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman spoke of John’s commitment to the people of the East End. Renaming the building showed the legacy John Onslow left which would make sure his commitment was “remembered for years to come.”


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