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

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Challenging the Legacy of Thatcher’s Framework

During the Conservative PM selection process, both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss constantly claim to be the heirs of Thatcher. But they don’t seem to understand that the period of Margaret Thatcher and John Major in Government from 1979 to 1997 was unsuccessful in challenging or ameliorating any of Britain’s economic and social problems. Using […]

Spring Edition of ‘Stir to Action’ Magazine

Les interviewed by Jonny Gordon-Farleigh, with illustration by Will Brown. Also shows ‘Right of Reply’ given to Coops UK Stir to Action Magazine

Institute for Fiscal Studies on Education and Inequality

The Institute for Fiscal Studies is not always a very progressive organisation, but its latest research on education and inequality is worth reading, espcially comparing the UK with other European and OECD countries. This is the introduction from the Institute’s media release: “Education levels have risen over time, in the UK and internationally. The share […]

Conservative Leadership Contest Infiltration by Revolutionary Community Party

Les wrote this piece for wider circulation about the infiltration of the Conservative Party Leadership Contest by the Revolutionary Communist Party. 22 ACTUAL Tory Selection Contest.Y20

Les Huckfield is a lecturer and researcher at Glasgow Caledonian University and also teaches at the Open 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 was a Director of the Sheffield Cooperative Development Group from 2018 till this year. 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 book “How Blair Killed the Coops” was published in November 2021 by Manchester University Press (see further details below).

He was MP for Nuneaton and Bedworth, near Coventry, from 1967 till 1983 and Member of the European Parliament for Merseyside East 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. Before Glasgow Caledonian University, he 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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