Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth OJ is the first black man to rise to the top of any major British institution. When, in 1991, he became general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union - then the largest trade union in the country - it marked a huge break in the culture of British working class attitudes towards racial discrimination. This is the story of his rise to the top of British public life after arriving in Birmingham in the mid-1950s, aged 16, to join his mother who had come to England a short time earlier.
Geoffrey Goodman is a former industrial editor, columnist and assistant editor of the Daily Mirror. He previously reported for the Daily Herald, the Odhams Sun, the News Chronicle and the Manchester Guardian, and was founding editor of the British Journalist Review, where he remains the emeritus chairman. His books include The Awkward Warrior, a biography of the trade union leader Frank Cousins; The Miners' Strike, a history of the 1984-5 miners' strike; The State of the Nation, an analysis of the political legacy of Aneurin Bevan; and From Bevan to Blair, a memoir of 50 years of political reporting. He was awarded the CBE in 1998 for his services to journalism.