Les Huckfield

Leslie John "Les" Huckfield (born 7 April 1942) is a British Labour politician, who served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Nuneaton from 1967 to 1983, and as an MEP from 1984 to 1989.

Early life

From 1960 to 1963, Huckfield studied at Keble College, Oxford, graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, subsequently promoted to MA. From 1963 to 1966, he worked as a lecturer in economics at Birmingham City University (then the City of Birmingham College of Commerce) whilst studying for a Master of Commerce degree, specialising in Econometrics and Statistics.

Parliamentary career

Huckfield first stood for Parliament at Warwick and Leamington in 1966, but he was defeated by the Conservative incumbent John Hobson.

In 1967, at the age of 24, Huckfield was elected to parliament for the constituency of Nuneaton in a by-election following the resignation of Frank Cousins, becoming the youngest MP (the "Baby of the House"). He was Under-Secretary of State for Industry from 1976 to 1979, serving under Industry Secretary Eric Varley in the government of James Callaghan. For a time he was a member of Labour's National Executive Committee, holding the Socialist Societies seat. When Labour returned to opposition in 1979, he was opposition spokesperson on industry from 1979 to 1981. He was a founding member of the Socialist Campaign Group in 1982.

After being re-elected in four general elections, Huckfield did not stand when the constituency boundaries were changed for the 1983 general election. The Nuneaton seat was gained by the Conservative Lewis Stevens, who held it until 1992. Huckfield had been expected to contest the recreated Sedgefield seat for the 1983 general election, but instead Labour selected Tony Blair as their candidate, who was elected.[1]

After Parliament

Huckfield was then appointed as Director of the Capital Transport Campaign for the Greater London Council. In the 1984 elections for the European Parliament, he was returned as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Merseyside East constituency. He was Vice Chair of Parliament's Transport Committee, and stood down in 1989.

He is now based in Auchterarder, Scotland, where he runs a funding consultancy called Leslie Huckfield Research International.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frank Cousins
Member of Parliament for Nuneaton
Succeeded by
Lewis Stevens
Preceded by
John Ryan
Baby of the House
Succeeded by
Bernadette Devlin

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