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Richard (Dick) 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 a disciple of the late Anthony Crosland.

Dick Leonard was educated at the Institute of Education at London University. He was Deputy General Secretary of the Fabian Society from 1955 to 1960, when he became a freelance journalist and broadcaster. From 1968 to 1970 he was a Senior Research Fellow (Social Science Research Council) at Essex University.

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 is still based in Brussels, where he writes 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.

Dick Leonard has been a Visiting Professor at the Free University of Brussels and a Senior Adviser at the Centre for European Policy Studies.

Publications include

  • (ed. with Valentine Herman) The backbencher and Parliament: A reader, Macmillan, London, 1972. ISBN 0033128117
  • 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 0224018868
  • (with Richard Natkiel) World atlas of elections: Voting patterns in 39 democracies, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1986. ISBN 0340405953
  • Elections in Britain today: A guide for voters and students, Macmillan, 1996. ISBN 0333660439
  • 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 9781846681721
  • (ed.) Crosland and New Labour, Macmillan in association with the Fabian Society, 1999. ISBN 0333739906
  • (with Roger Mortimore) Elections in Britain: A voter's guide, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2001. ISBN 0333918010
  • (ed. with Mark Leonard) The pro-European reader, Palgrave, Basingstoke, 2001. ISBN 0333977211
  • A Century of Premiers: Salisbury to Blair, Macmillan, 2005. ISBN 140393990X
  • (ed.) The future of socialism by Anthony Crosland, 50th anniv. edn, Constable, London, 2006. ISBN 1845294858
  • Nineteenth-century premiers: Pitt to Rosebery, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. ISBN 0230209858


Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ron Ledger
Member of Parliament for Romford
1970Feb. 1974
Succeeded by
Michael Neubert

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