John Edmonds

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John Edmonds (born 28 January 1944) is a former trade union official in the United Kingdom.

Edmonds grew up in South London, and was educated at Christ's Hospital School and Oriel College, Oxford. On graduation, he found work as a research assistant with the National Union of General and Municipal Workers, moving on to become a field officer, then a National Industrial Officer.[1]

In 1986, Edmonds became General Secretary of the union, by then known as the GMB. In this role, he became known as a critic of Tony Blair's leadership of the Labour Party. He stood down as leader in 2003, one year ahead of schedule.[2]


  1. ^ Stuart Thomson, "John (Walter) Edmonds"
  2. ^ Ben Russell, "Edmonds to step down as GMB leader a year early", The Independent, 29 October 2002
Trade union offices
Preceded by
David Basnett
General Secretary of the GMB
Succeeded by
Kevin Curran
Preceded by
Tony Dubbins
President of the Trades Union Congress
Succeeded by
Hector MacKenzie