Leslie Huckfield is an activist and academic, offering a range of services to support Trade Unions and Not for Profit Organisations.

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Full Details of Book Launch “How Blair Killed The Co-ops”, with Les Huckfield, John McDonnell MP and Owen Hatherley

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Note on Leslie Huckfield Book Launch

21 External Communications LHR Site Note.N13 This note provides a brief summary and update on Leslie Huckfield’s new book “How Blair Killed the Coops”, for which the online launch with Owen Hatherley and John McDonnell MP is at 1900 on THU 18 NOV 2021. This is the Eventbrite Link to sign up for the launch. […]

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A Social Economy for Scotland

This Note sets out a framework for a unified Third Sector or Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) – often called the Social Economy – offering a community focus during and after COVID and climate change Above all, for Scotland this cannot be the kind of mainstream or routine economic recovery of the 1970s, […]

Leslie Huckfield is a lecturer and researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is a trade union and third sector activist, known for his work on social enterprise and cooperatives.

He was a Director of SENSCOT (Social Enterprise Network Scotland) from 2009 till 2020 and is a Director of the Sheffield Cooperative Development Group. Throughout 2018 and 2019 he was a member of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell MP’s Implementation Group for Doubling the Size of the Cooperative Economy.

He has published book chapters and articles in academic journals and reports for trade unions, the Labour and Cooperative Parties. His first book “How Blair Killed the Coops” will shortly appear from Manchester University Press.

He was a Member of the House of Commons from 1967 till 1983 and a Member of the European Parliament from 1984 till 1989. He was Under Secretary of State in the Department of Industry from 1976 till 1979 and a member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee from 1978 till 1982. Since then he has worked on projects and funding for colleges, universities, the third sector and trade unions in Merseyside, the West Midlands and Scotland.

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In this detailed examination of social enterprise development under New Labour, Huckfield’s new book offers an alternative narrative of social enterprise in the UK and shows how communities have been denied the restoration of local economic and social democracy.

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Leslie Huckfield is a lecturer and researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University. He is a trade union and third sector activist, known for his work on social enterprise and cooperatives.

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