Mike Hicks (trade unionist)

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Mike Hicks
Mike Hicks.jpg
Mike Hicks in 1986
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain
In office
1988 – 1 January 1998
Succeeded by Robert Griffiths
Personal details
Born Michael Joseph Hicks
August 1937 (age 79)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Other political
Communist Party of Britain (1988 - 1998)
Communist Party of Great Britain (1953 - 1988)
Spouse(s) Mary Rosser (deceased) Rosemary (divorced mother of girls)
Children 2 Daughters, Teresa and Carolyn

Mike Hicks (born 1937) is a British former politician, former executive member of printers’ union SOGAT, and former general secretary of the Communist Party of Britain.[1]


Hicks joined the Young Communist League in 1953 and later the Communist Party of Great Britain. He worked as a printer and was a member of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT). A full-time branch official for the union in 1986,[2] Hicks was arrested and convicted of actual bodily harm during the Wapping dispute. His conviction and sentencing - to 12 months in prison - were controversial, with the national executive committee of the Labour Party voting unanimously to call for his release.[3]

Hicks was expelled from the CPGB in 1984[4] "for allowing Rule 3(d) to be applied" as the chair of the London District Congress, i.e. continuing with the congress proceedings in defiance of a demand from CPGB General Secretary Gordon McLennan to close it down.[5] Hicks subsequently joined the Communist Campaign Group, mainly composed of those expelled from the CPGB for their opposition to revisionism and, in 1988, was a founding member of the Communist Party of Britain. Hicks served as its general secretary until his replacement by Robert Griffiths in 1998,[6] which led to an industrial dispute at the Morning Star[7] and subsequently left the party and helped to form the Marxist Forum group. He is now retired and residing in Bournemouth. He served as the trade union officer of the London-based Marx Memorial Library from 2005 to 2010. He has joined the Labour Party, and unsuccessfully stood as a council election candidate in the Boscombe East ward of Bournemouth on 5 May 2011, gaining 514 votes.[8]


  1. ^ MacLeod, Alexander (5 September 1991). "British Far Left Grapples With Soviet Collapse". Christian Science Monitor. 
  2. ^ "Printers and police clash in Wapping". BBC. 15 February 2005. 
  3. ^ http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1986/dec/18/crime-prevention#S6CV0107P0_19861218_HOC_56 |chapter-url= missing title (help). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). House of Commons. 18 December 1986. col. 1339–1340. 
  4. ^ Leybourn, Keith (29 March 2006). Marxism in Britain: Dissent, Decline and Re-emergence 1945 - c.2000. Routeledge. p. 158. ISBN 9781134351657. 
  5. ^ Stevenson, Graham. "The British Communist Party in the 1980s: revisionism, resistance and re-establishment". 
  6. ^ "The Political Situation in Britain". The New Worker. New Communist Party of Britain. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, John. "The Crisis at the Morning Star". What Next?. Archived from the original on 10 January 2005. 
  8. ^ http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/elections/wards/ward/117/1881/
Party political offices
Preceded by
New position
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Britain
Succeeded by
Robert Griffiths