Leif Mills

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Leif Mills (born 25 March 1936) is a former British trade unionist.

Biography[edit]

Mills was educated at Kingston Grammar School and went on to study at Balliol College, Oxford before undertaking national service in the Royal Military Police.[1] He then joined the National Union of Bank Employees (later renamed the Banking Insurance and Finance Union - BIFU), becoming Assistant General Secretary in 1962, then Deputy General Secretary in 1968, and finally General Secretary in 1972, serving until 1996.[2]

Mills stood unsuccessfully for the Labour Party in Salisbury at the 1964 UK general election, and again in a 1965 by-election. Although his first speech to the Trades Union Congress was followed by BIFU's expulsion, for registering under the Industrial Relations Act, he subsequently held a number of TUC posts, including that of President in 1994/5.[1] He also served on the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, and more recently with the Covent Garden Market Authority.[2]

In 1999, Mills published a biography of Frank Wild, while his Men of Ice appeared in 2008.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barrie Clement, "Balliol man climbs to top of union tree", The Independent, 10 September 1994
  2. ^ a b c Leif Mills, Esq, CBE Authorised Biography, Debretts
Trade union offices
Preceded by
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General Secretary of the Banking Insurance and Finance Union
1972–1996
Succeeded by
Ed Sweeney
Preceded by
Jimmy Knapp
President of the Trades Union Congress
1995
Succeeded by
Margaret Prosser