Leighton, Ronald

First name/s: Ronald
Last name: Leighton
Known names / nicknames: Ron
Date of birth: 24/01/1930
Year of birth: 1930

Life before Ruskin

Date and place of birth:24 January 1930, Barking, Essex

Family: son of Charles Leighton, underground train driver, and Edith Sleet


Newspaper Printer.

Politics/Trade union activity:

Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin)

Life at Ruskin

Dates at Ruskin: Unknown 1950s ? (See Independent obituary)

Source of funding:

Campaigns/political activity:

Subjects studied at Ruskin:



Life after Ruskin



Politics/trade union activity:

Secretary, Labour Committee for Safeguards on Common Market, 1967-1970; Editor, Resistance News, 1973-1974; Secretary, Get Britain Out Campaign, 1974-1975. Labour MP for Newham North-East, 1979-1994; Member, Select Committee on Employment, 1984-1992; Opposition Whip on Employment, 1981-1984; Sponsored member, SOGAT.


Married Erika Wehking, 1951; two sons.

Place & date of death: London 28 February 1994

Date of death: 28/02/1994
Year of death: 1994

Achievements / Publications

The Labour Case Against Entry into the Common Market, 1971; What Labour Should Do about the Common Market, n.d.; other pamphlets, 1963-.

Material in archives or already published articles

Personal Archives held at Bishopsgate Institute, London.
Obituary, ‘Ron Leighton’ from The Independent(available online at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-ron-leighton-1426494.html) (accessed: 15 October 2013)


Notes on Image/s

Comment of contributor/s and sources

Sources as above


Stefan Dickers

created 29/10/2013 at 11:48 pm, updated 13/10/2014 at 5:18 pm

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

3 × two =