A hugely influential and active trade unionist and general Secretary of the TGWU (Unite). Was politicised early on through reading Robert Tressell’s “Ragged Trousered Philanthropist - and for many years put the theory of ‘organisation of the workers’ into practice. He was also actively anti fascist and joined the International Brigade to fight against Franco. He continued to be politically active well into retirement through setting up the Pensioners Convention. He was regularly seen marching and speaking at anti war rallies and TU demos.