Tribute to Jude Woodward

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign and all our members and affiliates in the UK, we would like to offer our deepest sympathy to Jude’s family, colleagues and friends.

Jude was an internationalist with a longstanding interest and deep commitment to solidarity with the peoples of Latin America in their struggles against imperialism.

She was a founder member and Vice-Chair of the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign and as a staff member of the Greater London Authority contributed significantly to the arrangements for the visit of President Hugo Chávez to London at the invitation of the Mayor, Ken Livingstone. Ken has paid tribute to her vital part in his team, a role in which she helped improve the lives of millions of Londoners.

Jude made an extraordinary intellectual and political contribution as a leading figure in VSC in the defence of the Bolivarian Revolution, as well as having a major involvement in other solidarity campaigns and wider initiatives such as the annual Latin American Conference, at which she spoke and chaired sessions with both grace and good humour.

Her knowledge, clear thinking, advice and practical support will be sorely missed.