My wife, Kate Hamlyn, who has died of cancer aged 60, was impossible to categorise. As an overqualified secretary, she rose to become a merchant banker, then threw it in to pursue a literary career. She was a founder member and chair of the Thanet branch of Stand Up to Ukip (Sutu), which aimed to prevent the Ukip leader Nigel Farage’s election as MP for South Thanet in the 2015 election. As a community volunteer and activist, she was in the vanguard of the renaissance of our adoptive home town, Ramsgate.

Kate was born in London, daughter of Anne (nee Carroll) and Peter Hamlyn, both teachers. The family moved to Slough, where she attended St Bernard’s Convent school before returning to London to study classics at University College.

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