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Knight was a leading Communist Party and Labour Party member in Rusholme in Manchester, where she was a councillor up to the 1920s.
She had been a member of the long established Socialist Club in Openshaw with Willie Paul (see separate entry), with whom she did business in connection with his
She was eventually expelled for her Communist Party membership from the Labour Party.
Her son Lester Hutchinson became Labour MP for Rusholme in 1945 but was expelled for being a "crypto-communist" at the height of the cold war in July 1949.