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Name  Nina Temple
Siblings  Julien Temple

Nephews  Felix Temple, Leo Temple
Nieces  Juno Temple

Party  Communist Party of Great Britain
Parents  Landon Temple, Barbara J. Temple

Nina Claire Temple (born 21 April 1956) is a British former politician who was the last Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain and was formerly a think-tank director in the United Kingdom.


Early life

Temple was born in Westminster, London, the daughter of Barbara J. (Rainnie) and Landon Roy Temple. Born into a communist family (her father ran Progressive Tours and was a Communist Party of Great Britain member), she joined the Young Communist League when she was 13, later protesting in London against the Vietnam War. She has a degree in materials science from Imperial College, London. She is the sister of film director Julien Temple and the aunt of actress Juno Temple.

Communist Party of Great Britain

During the late 1970s she was general secretary of the Young Communist League and became a prominent member of the Eurocommunist grouping within the party. She became a member of the CPGB executive in 1979, and then a member of the Political Committee in January 1982.

She was the Press and Publicity Officer of the CPGB from January 1983 until 1989, when she became the last (General) Secretary of the party in January 1990, aged 33. She pledged to make the party "feminist and green, as well as democratically socialist." In this role Temple became one of the leading proponents of the dissolution of the CPGB in November 1991 and the founding of its legal successor, the Democratic Left.

Think tanks

The Democratic Left continued through the 1990s, becoming the New Politics Network in 1999. Temple was its first director and worked for five years for the Make Votes Count Coalition.

In June 2005 she started work as head of Development and Communications at the Social Market Foundation, a role she held until 2008.

Personal life

Temple has two children with a schoolteacher, a daughter born in 1987 and a son born in 1989.

Temple became ill with Parkinson's disease in 2000. She trained in counselling at the Gestalt Centre in Old Street, and in September 2003 founded Sing For Joy, a choir of people with chronic degenerative diseases.


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