The Lancashire Giant, David Shackleton - Labour Leader and Civil Servant, by Ross Martin
Published by Liverpool University Press in 2000, 222 pages. (N2593WSOU6)
Brand New Book
This book is the fascinating biography of a child cotton weaver who went on to two astounding careers......
In the first, David Shackleton became a dominating presence in the Edwardian trade union movement, was the third Member of Parliament to be elected under the banner of the Labour party, and played a critical role in the infancy of the party.
His second career, begun at Winston Churchill's prompting in 1910, took him to the summit of the British civil service and to active participation in the deliberations of Lloyd George's War Cabinet. (Prominent union officials have frequently become government ministers, but none have repeated Shackleton's achievement in becoming the permanent secretary of a ministry)
This book is a portrait not only of Shackleton the trade unionist, parliamentarian and senior civil servant, but also about the man, his family and friends, his interests and abilities, his working style and his beliefs.