Edward Vansittart Neale (1810-1892) was a Christian Socialist and co-operator. Neale was a trusted figure and advised many groups and individuals on how to set up successful co-operatives. In 1852, Neale founded the Co-operative League, which was comprised largely of ‘Owenites’. This was intended as a forum for the exchange of co-operative ideas. Through ventures like this, Neale became one of the leading figures in the development of co-operation as an organised movement. Neale worked as the general secretary of the Co-operative Union until he retired in 1891.
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