Mick Costello

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Mick Costello

Mick (Michael) Costello (born June 1936, London) is a leading member of the Communist Party of Britain.



Costello was born into a family of communist activists, as the son of Bella Lerner and Paddy Costello. Paddy left the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) in 1939, but Bella remained a member her entire life. Late in World War II, Mick's parents moved to work with the New Zealand diplomatic mission in Moscow, and Mick was educated at a state school in the city, where he became fluent in Russian.

The family returned to Britain when Mick was fourteen, and he studied at the University of Manchester, becoming President of the Students' Union. He joined the CPGB in 1956, becoming known as an expert on economics and a journalist on the Morning Star, a daily newspaper associated with the party. He wrote two books expounding party views: The Communist View, published in 1969, and Workers' Participation in the Soviet Union, which came out in 1977.

In 1979, Costello was elected as the CPGB's National Industrial Organiser, building links with trade unions and becoming what the New Statesman later described as "certainly the best-known communist in Britain, probably the cleverest, and easily the party's best linguist". In this role, it was suggested in several newspapers that he was working as a spy for the Soviet Union, possibly even following his father's footsteps; a charge which Costello denies.

Costello took part in a major debate in 1982 with Martin Jacques, editor of Marxism Today, who had criticised the shop stewards' movement. Concerned about the party's direction, Costello left his post to become full-time industrial correspondent of the Morning Star, serving in the role through the UK miners' strike.

Costello resigned from the CPGB in the mid-1980s, and started the Costello Trading Consultancy, making deals in Russia in fields from oil to fast food and artificial limbs. He also set up an exchange scheme for Russian police and those in the Metropolitan Police. Later in life, he returned to theoretical work, and in 2008, he joined the Communist Party of Britain.

Morning Star Red Xmas bash


The Morning Star December 10 2020·

Join Jeremy Corbyn, Maxine Peake and Diane Abbott at the Morning Star Red Xmas bash!

7pm Wednesday 16 December. REGISTER NOW to avoid disappointment.

Panellists include Morning Star editor Ben Chacko, CWU general secretary Dave Ward, Unite Chief of Staff Andrew Murray, legendary industrial correspondent Mick Costello, reporter Bethany Rielly, Venezuelan election observer Calvin Tucker, award-winning sports editor Kadeem Simmonds, circulation manager Bernadette Keaveney, and co-author of the ground-breaking No Holding Back report Laura Smith.

Chaired by Carolyn Jones from the Morning Star management committee.

Kent Morning Star group

Members of the Kent Morning Star Readers and Supporters Group include Mick Costello.

Communist and Socialist Friends

Communist and Socialist Friends is a public Facebook group associated with the Communist Party of Britain.

Members include Mick Costello.

"The Soviet Union: A Retrospective"


Chair Mick Costello, Prof. David Lane, Slava Tetekin.

Celebration of the life of Laurence Platt


November 2019 celebration of the life of Laurence Platt.



Red Star Festival 2015

Red Star Festival 2015 was held July 2015 Clerkenwell Green, London was held It was sponsored by the Morning Star, Marx Memorial Library and the Communist Party of Britain.

Speakers included: Mick Costello, Nigel Costley, Liz Payne.