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Richard Coppock (1885-1971)
1947 "The general secretary of the National Federation of Building Trades Operatives was born in Manchester in 1885. At the age of 13 he was apprenticed as a bricklayer. In 1911, Mr. Coppock was elected local organised of the Operative Bricklayers' Society, Manchester District, and was elected divisional secretary of the same union in 1916. Three years later he was elected a member of the Manchester City Council, and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1920.
It was in January, 1921, that he was appointed the general Secretary of the National Federation of Building Trades Operatives, a position which he has held ever since. Mr. Coppock has had wide experience of national matters affecting the building industry generally and housing in particular. In 1921 he was appointed a member of the National Housing and Town Planning Council. He has also had a distinguished career with the London County Council, being chairman of the Council, 1943-44. He has an unbroken record of forty-five years as a member of his trade union."