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The ABC of Chairmanship: The bible of the Labour movement for over 75 years

Since it was first published in 1939, The ABC of Chairmanship has been routinely recommended to aspiring trade unionists by their general secretaries, and Labour party chairs often suggest delegates use it. 


The ABC of Chairmanship has long been the bible of the Labour movement: the basis on which standing orders have been drafted, arguments resolved and procedures defined. It is frequently quoted in public meetings and referred to in sub-committees. This edition was updated and revised by Michael Crannell and Norman Citrine, to improve the book’s readability while maintaining the essence of the original.

This is a book that can be used for all groups and not just for trade unions; it is as handy for secretaries and lay members as it is for chairs. It remains an essential pocket book for all attenders at meetings, whether they have to keep order or want to use the procedures effectively and correctly.



Walter Citrine

Walter Citrine was born in Wallasey in 1887. An electrician by trade he became a union official in 1914 and within twelve years was appointed general secretary of the TUC. Lord Citrine - he was granted a peerage in 1947 - died in 1983.

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