Richard Lawrence Leonard (born 12 December 1930) is a British writer and journalist, writing as Dick Leonard, and also a former British Labour politician. He is a pro-European social democrat and was a supporter of the late Labour Foreign Secretary Anthony Crosland who championed Gaitskellism. He is married to Irène Heidelberger-Leonard, a scholar of postwar German literature, and is the father of Mark Leonard, an expert on foreign policy, and Miriam Leonard, a classical scholar.
|Member of Parliament|
1970 – February 1974
|Preceded by||Ron Ledger|
|Succeeded by||Michael Neubert|
|Born||12 December 1930|
|Alma mater||London University|
Dick Leonard was educated at the Institute of Education at London University and the University of Essex, where he graduated with a MA degree. He was Deputy General Secretary of the Fabian Society from 1955 to 1960, where he founded the Young Fabians in 1960, he also became a freelance journalist and broadcaster. From 1968 to 1970 he was a senior research fellow (Social Science Research Council) at Essex.
He served as Member of Parliament for Romford from 1970 until the February 1974 general election, when there were major changes made to the constituency boundary. During his time in the House he was PPS to Anthony Crosland.
From 1974 to 1985 he was Assistant Editor of The Economist. He served as Europe Correspondent in Brussels for The Observer (London) from 1989 to 1997. He remained in Brussels until 2009 and wrote on Belgian politics in The Bulletin, and on European affairs in The Guardian (London), the Financial Times, the Times Literary Supplement, European Voice, and other newspapers in several countries.
- Leonard, Dick; Herman, Valentine, eds. (1972). The backbencher and Parliament : a reader. London: Macmillan.
- Paying for party politics: The case for public subsidies, PEP Broadsheet No 555, 1975.
- (ed. with David Lipsey) The Socialist agenda: Crosland's legacy, Cape, London, 1981. ISBN 0-224-01886-8
- (with Richard Natkiel) World atlas of elections: Voting patterns in 39 democracies, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1986. ISBN 0-340-40595-3
- Elections in Britain today: A guide for voters and students, Macmillan, 1996. ISBN 0-333-66043-9
- The Economist Guide to the European Community, 1992; 4th edn as The Economist Guide to the European Union, 1997; 9th edn 2005; 10th edn as Guide to the European Union: The definitive guide to all aspects of the EU, The Economist in association with Profile Books, London, 2009. ISBN 978-1-84668-172-1
- (ed.) Crosland and New Labour, Macmillan in association with the Fabian Society, 1999. ISBN 0-333-73990-6
- (with Roger Mortimore) Elections in Britain: A voter's guide, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2001. ISBN 0-333-91801-0
- (ed. with Mark Leonard) The pro-European reader, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2001. ISBN 0-333-97721-1
- A Century of Premiers: Salisbury to Blair, Macmillan, 2005. ISBN 1-4039-3990-X
- (ed.) The future of socialism by Anthony Crosland, 50th anniv. edn, Constable, London, 2006. ISBN 1-84529-485-8
- Nineteenth-century premiers: Pitt to Rosebery, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. ISBN 0-230-20985-8
- Eighteenth-Century British Premiers: Walpole to the Younger Pitt, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4039-3908-1
- The Great Rivalry: Gladstone and Disraeli, A Dual Biography, I. B. Tauris, London, 2013. ISBN 978-1-84885-925-8. [Publisher's page.]
- A History of British Prime Ministers: Walpole to Cameron (omnibus edition), Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. ISBN 978-1-137-33804-4.
- (with Mark Garnett) Titans: Fox vs. Pitt, Bloomsbury, 2019. ISBN 978-1-78453-369-4. [Publisher's page.]
Critical studies, reviews and biographyEdit
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Richard Leonard
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for Romford
|Party political offices|
| Chairman of the Fabian Society