Pollitt replaced the band"s original bassist, Suzi Gutsy. During the 80s, Pollitt lived in Africa, on hiatus from the music industry. Oliver died in 1990 from sickle cell anemia.
She returned to performing with The Slits when the band was reformed in 2006, the year Revenge of the Slits European Parliament was released by Island Records.
In the prior year, 2005, singer Ari Up and Pollitt reformed the band with new members, as Viv Albertine was not interested in rejoining. The new line-up included Paul Cook formerly of the Sex Pistols and Marco Pirroni, formerly of Adam and the Ants.