Born into a working class home in Port Talbot, south Wales, Mr Jenkins, who combined high self regard with wit, won fame as a "champagne socialist". He had an attachment to left-wing politics with a millionaire's lifestyle. He was a general secretary for 28 years, successively leading three white collar unions, ASSET, ASTMS and lastly the Manufacturing Science Finance union. Roger Lyons, present leader of MSF, said his contribution to the trade union movement was "immeasurable".
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