Reference number
  • ACL
  • 1954-2002
  • Collection
  • Files of correspondence, pamphlets, circulars and papers re politics, Workers Socialist League, Ireland, local government and other issues.
  • 30 boxes
Admin history
  • Alan Clinton (1943 -2005) was a politician, academic and labour historian. He joined, and left, several left-wing, often Trotskyist, groups and sects; he was also involved in linking students with trade unionists at Cowley car plants. His massively comprehensive 'Post Office Workers: A Trade Union And Social History' (1984) became a model for the understanding of public sector unions. During the 1970s, Alan was instrumental in setting up the Workers' Socialist League and he devoted much time to writing and campaigning for it.
    He was an Islington councillor for 20 years and became leader of the council in 1994; he fought to improve the quality of services and win resources for urban development and regeneration. The modernisation of King's Cross was one of his major projects. he also lectured for a number of universities including Bristol Polytechnic (subsequently the University of the West of England) and the Open University.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • Alan Clinton papers are also held at Senate House Library, University of London.