Always Red

Publication Date:

August 2021



Original language and publisher

English | OR Books

Territories Handled

France, Netherlands, Scandinavia


Autobiography, Politics, Society

Always Red


Len tells his story as only he can: forthright, confident and witty. He is an amazing and unusual trade union leader who manages to encompass industrial, social and international campaigning all at the same time. His support for struggles all around the world, as well as for democratising the Labour Party and injecting the politics of social transition into our movement, will leave a lasting mark and legacy. — Jeremy Corbyn

Pulls no punches. An explosive account of life at the top of the Labour Party from Britain’s most important trade union leader. — Kevin Maguire

Len’s life story is an inspiration. He lives and breathes solidarity. He is a true workers’ leader. — Maxine Peake

Len reminds us what — and who — we’re fighting for. He knows his own mind and isn’t afraid to speak it. — Zarah Sultana

The riveting story of a lifetime spent fighting for workers, with lessons for all of us. Len learned the value of solidarity working on the Liverpool docks and it has never left him. — Dave Ward

Len McCluskey is the standout trade unionist of his era. Head of the giant Unite union for more than a decade, he is a unique and powerful figure on the political stage.

In this major autobiography, McCluskey throws back the curtains on life at the top of the Labour movement—with explosive revelations about his dealings with Keir Starmer, the behind-the-scenes battles of the Corbyn era, his secret Brexit negotiations with Theresa May’s government, the spectacular bust-up with his former friend Tom Watson, and his tortuous relationship with Ed Miliband.

McCluskey is no run-of-the-mill trade unionist. Fiercely political, unflinchingly left wing, he is a true workers’ leader. His politics were formed in Liverpool at a time of dock strikes, the Beatles, and the May 1968 revolution in Paris. An eyewitness to the Hillsborough tragedy, he recounts in harrowing detail searching for his son.

Witty and sharp, McCluskey delivers a powerful intervention, issuing a manifesto for the future of trade unionism and urging the left not to lose sight of class politics.

A central player in a tumultuous period of British political history, McCluskey’s account is an essential — and entertaining — record of our times.