Obituaries: Steven Ludlam
Members of the PSA will be very sad to hear that Steve Ludlam, at the University of Sheffield, died suddenly from pancreatic cancer in September 2017. Steve will be remembered as a dedicated scholar who played a major role in launching the Labour Movements group around 1997. Although his later scholarship focused largely on Cuban politics, Steve carried out significant research during his career into labour and trade union politics in the United Kingdom, concerning both the 1970s and the Blair era. His Political Studies paper on the 1976 IMF crisis was an especially significant piece, paving the way for a major reassessment of that episode in British politics. More than that, however, he was a calm, measured academic who was especially supportive of younger colleagues and those entering the profession. Steve was the first convenor of the Labour Movements group from its formation until around 2005 and a mainstay of many of its conference panels and workshops throughout its existence. The group will be all the weaker without him.
Professor Mark Wickham-Jones