Letter: Richard Stokes obituary


As a social work scholar on the LSE in 1964 I used to be fortunate sufficient to be given a placement within the personnel division at Glaxo in Greenford, Middlesex, the place Richard Stokes was the director. I received some superb recommendation and entertaining tales from him, together with the admission that he was fairly relieved to not have received the Spelthorne constituency seat within the normal election, since at the moment MPs have been paid a lot lower than personnel administrators.

Richard suggested me in opposition to going into personnel administration, as a result of he stated it will conflict with my socialist views: “Ultimately you might be on the bosses’ facet.”

He advised me of a personnel director good friend who turned a Labour candidate and received known as in to see the administrators, who gave him the ultimatum of giving up being a candidate or his job. “How lengthy have I received?” he requested. “Half an hour,” they replied.

Appreciating the purpose of Richard’s recommendation, I turned a lecturer, and later a politician.


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