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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What Comes After COVID? A Personal View

There’s a favourite topic of conversation where people are asked what they’re going to do “post COVID” or when “life gets back to normal”. I find difficult the relevance and significance of either of these phrases. Many of us who have been working from home are probably experiencing a better COVID than those who must […]

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What I’m Currently Researching

I am pleased to be working on a joint research project “Comparative Analysis of Ireland’s and Scotland’s Approach to the Development of National Social Enterprise Policies” with Deiric O’Broin and Gerard Doyle, Professor of Public Policy Practice and Lecturer at Dublin City University, which we hope initially to be published as an article in Administration, […]

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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, […]

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Did the Scottish Parliament Elections Change Anything?

Despite the Scottish Parliament Elections, with a 71 to 57 majority for Independence, almost no progress has been made. This contribution gives some pointers to what should be happening. Please click on the link below: 21 ACTUAL Independence Article.Y04

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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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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