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Adam Barnett

Adam Barnett

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Adam Barnett is a staff writer for Left Foot Forward and runs MediaWatch. He has written for Dissent magazine and newspapers.

Ruby Stockham

Ruby Stockham

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Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. She has a Masters degree in Modern Literature and was the winner of The Spectator's 2013 prize for travel writing.

Will Straw

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Will Straw @wdjstraw is Associate Director for Strategic Development at the Institute for Public Policy Research and Founder of Left Foot Forward. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress and was a 2007-08 Fulbright Scholar.

Contributors

Aaron Peters

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Aaron writes for Left Foot Forward on issues of the digital economy, social media and social innovation. He possesses graduate degrees in international public policy and intellectual history and is currently working towards a phd examining the organisational change of social movements and political parties within the context of Net 2.0 and online ‘mass collaboration’. His personal blog can be found at RadicalDandy and you can follow him of Twitter: @aaronjohnpeters.

Aaron Porter

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Aaron writes for Left Foot Forward on higher education. He is the president of the National Union of Students (NUS). Aaron studied English Literature at the University of Leicester and served as a sabbatical officer at the students’ union.
Adam Barnett

Adam Barnett

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Adam Barnett is a staff writer for Left Foot Forward and runs MediaWatch. He has written for Dissent magazine and newspapers.

Alex Hern

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Alex graduated St Peter's College, Oxford, in 2011 and is a former Parliamentary researcher. He is currently working as Left Foot Forward's intern. Alex is an avid comic aficionado and critic. You should follow him on twitter.

Alice Sachrajda

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Alice is a researcher at ippr, specialising in qualitative research methods, immigration and asylum, human trafficking, women’s rights, housing and homelessness; and equalities and human rights.

Amanda Ramsay

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Amanda writes for Left Foot Forward on a range of public policy areas. She is a writer with a background in UK politics, communications, business and government relations. Amanda is a sometime commentator on the BBC, and has many years of Parliamentary experience, from research and communications work for a government minister to working for the Times and the Evening Standard. Her website can be found here and her Twitter can be found here.

Andrew Gibson

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I am half-academic, half-journalist, half-enthusiast. My primary interests are military robotics, arms control (particularly nuclear), civil wars and a bit of party politics.

Ann Pettifor

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Ann writes for Left Foot Forward on banking and economic policy. She is the director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) and a fellow of the new economics foundation (nef).

Anthony Zacharzewski

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Anthony Zacharzewski @demsoc also writes on local government. He runs the Democratic Society, which works to support participation and citizenship, but writes here in a personal capacity. In a previous life, he was a senior officer in both local and central government. He lives in Brighton.

Asher Dresner

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Asher analyses political speeches for Left Foot Forward. His MA was in Political Communications, with a dissertation on leaders’ party conference speeches over the last thirty years; Asher runs speechwriting consultancy The Speechwriter and blogs here.

Asif Sange

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Asif writes on health issues. He works as a hospital doctor in the NHS and has done for five years, after graduating from Dundee Medical Schoo; he is a Labour Party activist and works part time as a research assistant for Lord Patel of Blackburn.

Ben Mitchell

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Ben writes for Left Foot Forward on a number of issues, from foreign affairs and civil liberties to public policy. He is a freelance political analyst whose blog can be found here. He is deputy editor of Speaker’s Chair as well as being contributing editor of Shifting Grounds.

Chris Tarquini

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Chris is an intern at Left Foot Forward writing on a range of issues. He has previously written for The Vibe, Politicana and Gair Rhydd as well as creating his own website, The Grapevine. Chris also worked on the Andy Burnham Labour Leadership campaign and has interviewed numerous senior politicians and political figures.

Claudia Tomlinson

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Claudia has a background in the public, charity and community sector. She writes for Left Foot Forward on health, inequality, domestic politics, Africa, the USA and Canada as special areas of interest.

Cormac Hollingsworth

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Cormac writes for Left Foot Forward on the economy; he is an economic policy consultant who previously worked as an MD at a European investment bank.

Dan Holden

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Dan is an intern at Left Foot Forward. He is a University of Liverpool graduate with a fervent interest in social policy, specifically education. Dan has previously written for Shifting Grounds and is a devotee of The Wire and all things Tom Waits.

Darren Shirley

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Darren writes for Left Foot Forward on energy efficiency and green energy. He works for WWF UK and is an energy efficiency campaigner, climber and part time politics student. Darren is writing in a personal capacity.

Dave Prentis

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Dave is the general secretary of UNISON, Britain’s biggest public sector trade union with more than 1.3 million members; he writes about all areas of public policy and the impact the government's policies will have on public services.

Dave Roberts

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Dave writes for Left Foot Forward on US politics. He is a political campaigner and consult, and is the director of the strategic communications consultancy Morgan Roberts.

Douglas Carswell

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Douglas is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Clacton. He is one of the UK's leading parliamentarians, and writes for Left Foot Forward on defence.

Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg

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Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg is a recognised specialist in local government and democracy in the UK. The Executive Director of Democratic Audit, he has been commissioned to research electoral fraud, the state of the electoral registers and the pressures on the system of electoral administration.

Duncan Weldon

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Duncan writes on the economy and economic policy. He is an econmist and has worked at the Bank of England, as a Partner in a fund management firm and for the Labour Party; Duncan currently works for an international trade union.

Ed Jacobs

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Ed writes on devolved and local government. He works as a political consultant at the only Northern based consultancy, The Public Affairs Company. Ed has previously helped establish and run a student news website therundown.co.uk.

Eleanor Besley

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Eleanor writes for Left Foot Forward on planning and transport issues. She is a policy adviser at Sustrans, a leading UK charity that enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of their journeys; Sustrans works with families, communities, policy-makers and partner organisations so that people are able to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys, with better places and spaces to move through and live in.

Frank Spring

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Frank writes for Left Foot Forward on defence and foreign policy. He has a background in policy, politics, and non-profits, and is currently a change and innovation consultant in New York and Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and KCL’s world-renowned Department of War Studies.

Ged Carroll

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Ged writes on the digital economy; he is director, digital strategies at Ruder Finn and is a member of the faculty at Econsultancy. He has previous worked for a number of brands including Yahoo! and as guest lecturer at LaSalle Business and Engineering School, Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona. He speaks regularly on digital issues and youth marketing. In a prior life he ran warehouse parties and worked in an oil refinery. His personal blog can be found at renaissancechambara.jp.

George Irvin

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George writes for Left Foot Forward on the economy, specialising in taking on the hard-right arguments of the spending slashers. He is a retired professor of economics and is currently (honorary) Professorial Research Fellow in Development Studies at the University of London, SOAS, and is the author of “Super Rich: the rise of inequality in Britain and the US”; his website can be found at www.george.irvin.com.

George Readings

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George writes for Left Foot Forward about counter-extremism and counter-terrorism policy; he is a security risk analyst and previously worked at Quilliam, the world’s first counter-extremism think tank. He studied Arabic and Islamic Studies at SOAS.

Graeme Cooke

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Graeme writes on welfare and labour market policy. He is head of the Open Left project at Demos and was expert advisor to the Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions between 2008 and 2009.

Guy Shrubsole

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Guy writes about environmental politics. He works for the Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC), and was a member of the UK Youth Delegation to the Copenhagen climate talks and has previously worked for Defra and the New Zealand government. Guy is writing in a personal capacity for Left Foot Forward.

H Lownsbrough

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Hannah Lownsbrough is the campaigns director of 38 Degrees, the campaigning organisation which brings people together to take action on the issues that matter and to bring about real change in the UK.

Howard Reed

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Howard established Landman Economics in 2008. He remains Director. He was previously chief economist at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

James Plunkett

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James is a Research and Policy Analyst at the Resolution Foundation; he writes about economic policy and the impact on living standards and the "squeezed middle".

Jo Thomas-Corr

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Johanna writes on education policy; she is a freelance writer and journalist, was formerly arts editor of City Am newspaper, and has written on education, religion and business, and is currently writing her first novel, set in a state school.

Joe Cox

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Joe writes for Left Foot Forward on banking reform, public service reform and the good society; he is a campaigns organiser at Compass.
John Mills

John Mills

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John Mills is an economist and chairman of consumer goods brand JML. He served as a Labour councillor almost continuously between 1971 and 2006.

Jos Bell

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Jos is an author, NHS campaigner and disability spokesperson. She writes for Left Foot Forward on health policy and the NHS, disability rights and welfare reform.

Joss Garman

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Joss Garman writes on the environment. He is a climate and energy campaigner for Greenpeace and a co-founder of Plane Stupid. Joss is blogging in a personal capacity.

Joy Johnson

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Joy writes for Left Foot Forward on the media. She is a former political journalist with ITN and the BBC and is currently a visiting lecturer at City University and the University of Westminster. Joy writes a regular column for Tribune magazine and is a member of the editorial board of the British Journalism Review.

Kate Hudson

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Kate is the general secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND); she writes for Left Foot Forward on nuclear weapons policy.

Kayte Lawton

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Kayte is a research fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research. Prior to joining ippr, Kayte worked in research administration at World Cancer Research Fund and Liverpool John Moores University.

Kevin Gulliver

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Kevin writes for Left Foot Forward about housing and the impact of government policy on low income communities. He is the Director of Birmingham-based research charity the Human City Institute and Chair of the Centre for Community Research but writes in a personal capacity; Kevin's interests are social and economic policy, especially relating to housing, health, communities and inequalities.

Kevin Meagher

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Kevin is a former head of communications at Advantage West Midlands and public affairs manager for United Utilities PLC. He was also special adviser to Labour Northern Ireland secretary, Shaun Woodward. He is now a freelance communications consultant.

Luke Bozier

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Luke Bozier has worked for government departments, Labour politicians and affiliated parties overseas, advising on strategic online communication. He writes about new media, politics and entrepreneurship at his website lukebozier.co.uk and is managing director of myCllr.com.

Marcus Roberts

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Marcus writes for Left Foot Forward on defence. He is a campaigns consultant and foreign policy analyst. In the 2008 election he was an Obama Volunteer Organiser in Ohio having lost elections on Democratic campaigns in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006.

Mark Anderson

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Mark is a lobbyist in Brussels and former UK parliamentary assistant with a background in law and languages. He specialises in EU affairs.

Mark Thompson

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Mark writes on drugs policy and electoral reform. He is an award-winning Liberal Democrat blogger who writes the Mark Thompson Blog. He is a company director of Southfacing Services, an energy efficiency consultancy and software company.

Martin McCluskey

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Martin writes on education policy. He is an assistant policy adviser for a large public body and was President of the Oxford University Students Union.

Matt Owen

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Matt writes for Left Foot Forward on a range of issues, in particular national and international drug policy, American foreign policy, and human rights concerns globally. He is a recent graduate of the University of East Anglia's American Studies department and is currently a freelance writer and fundraiser for Amnesty and Reprieve.

Matt Pitt

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Matt writes for Left Foot Forward on issues ranging from A to Z but takes special interest in the economy and questions surrounding Scottish separation. He recently wrote a chapter on the case for a ‘British Investment Bank’ in the book ‘What Next for Labour’ and now works as a Parliamentary Assistant for William Bain MP (Labour, Glasgow North East).

Mike Giles

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Mike writes for Left Foot Forward on civil liberties, human rights, equality and freedom. His is a journalist and communications adviser, having previously been an aide and speechwriter to an MP; Follow him on Twitter here.

Nicola Smith

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Nicola writes for Left Foot Forward on labour market issues. She is the Head of the Economic and Social Affairs Department at the TUC - and is a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee - and also writes at Touchstone.

Nigel Stanley

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Nigel has been Head of Campaigns and Communications at the TUC since May 1997, and was the TUC’s first Parliamentary Officer from 1994 until his promotion.

Patrick Bury

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Patrick writes on defence and foreign policy; he is a former captain in the Royal Irish regiment who has fought in Afghanistan, and is author of the upcoming Simon&Schuster book “Callsign Hades”.

Pol. Innovation

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The Political Innovation project is a project that has grown out of the political blogosphere. It is for anyone who has ever asked themselves 'why is politics still done like this?' We're looking for political innovations that would gather support from all sides of the political spectrum. All contributions will be archived on www.politicalinnovation.org – along with details of what we’re looking for from essayists and a bunch of FAQs and a guide to how we hope the whole thing will play out. I hope you’ll get involved in this as a commenter, participant or maybe even as an essayist. Make sure you don’t miss anything by joining our Google Group, subscribing to the blog RSS feed, getting each post emailed to you and, of course, following us on Twitter and Facebook.

Rayhan Haque

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Rayhan Haque writes on public policy issues and international affairs. He currently works as a researcher at the Fabian Society and previously worked for Tony Lloyd MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Richard Darlington

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Richard is Head of News at IPPR. He was Special Adviser to Douglas Alexander at DFID and advised Douglas Alexander in his role as Labour's General Election Co-ordinator. After the election he was Head of the Open Left project at Demos and was previously Special Adviser to Ruth Kelly at DfE.

Richard Exell

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Richard writes for Left Foot Forward on labour markets; he is the TUC’s senior policy officer, covering social security, tax credits and labour market issues - including the debates about the European social model and labour market flexibility.

Rosanna Singler

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Rosanna is an intern at Left Foot Forward and writes on all areas of policy and politics. She also works as a policy officer in the charity sector, focusing on early years policy. Her background is in welfare reform, having previously worked at Inclusion, a think tank focusing on welfare to work policy.
Ruby Stockham

Ruby Stockham

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Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. She has a Masters degree in Modern Literature and was the winner of The Spectator's 2013 prize for travel writing.

Rupert Read

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Rupert is a Green Party councillor in Norwich and a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia where he specialises in environmental and political philosophy and analysis of propaganda. He writes on environmental and social policy, and democratic renewal and reform; he blogs at Rupert’s Read.

Sanchia Alasia

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Sanchia Alasia is a Labour Party councillor in Barking and Dagenham, representing Alibon ward. She writes for Left Foot Forward on anti-Fascism and on international affairs, primarily France and the 2012 French Presidential elections.

Seph Brown

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Seph writes for Left Foot Forward on the Middle East and Foreign Policy. He is the Events and Membership Officer for the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu). He previously worked with the Palestinian Authority on economic and trade issues and has worked for the Labour Party as a parliamentary researcher and General Election organiser.

Sophia Parker

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Sophia writes for Left Foot Forward on economic inequality and the impact of government policies on different social classes. She is a Research Associate at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and previously worked for the Resolution Foundation, as Director of Policy and Research and then Acting Director.

Stephen Evans

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Stephen has worked on and published research on a range of public policy areas, including welfare reform, skills, productivity and housing. He spent five years as a Senior Policy Adviser at HM Treasury, as well as two years working on the independent Leitch Review of Skills and went on to be Chief Economist at the Social Market Foundation.

Sue Marsh

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Sue writes for Left Foot Forward on disability rights and health issues. She is a campaigner against public service cuts and has long campaigned against the Welfare Reform and Health and Social Care acts, and blogs at Diary of a Benefit Scrounger.

Tim Horton

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Tim is Research Director of the Fabian Society. Prior to this he worked in the Labour Party's Policy Unit and in 2005 was a Special Adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry. Before this he was a policy analyst in HM Treasury's Enterprise and Growth Unit.

Toby Thomas

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Toby is an intern at Left Foot Forward and has just graduated from Oxford with a degree in History.

Tom Muddimer

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Tom writes on labour markets, housing and welfare in the UK. He is a SOAS Development Studies postgraduate where his research interests were rural labour markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Tom is a waiter and enjoys outdoor swimming.

Tony Burke

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Tony Burke is assistant general secretary of Unite responsible for manufacturing; he writes for Left Foot Forward on manufacturing and industrial policy and workers' rights. Tony is a member of the TUC executive committee and general council, a member of the Labour Party National Policy Forum, Trade Union co-ordinator for the Morning Star newspaper and chair of the Campaign For Trade Union Freedom. As well as LFF, he contributes to Tribune, the Morning Star, The Manufacturer, the TUC's Stronger Unions website and blogs at his own Power In A Union.

Victor Anderson

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The WWF's economist, Victor Anderson writes about sustainability and economics - and was recently the economist at the Sustainable Development Commission.

Will Straw

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Will Straw @wdjstraw is Associate Director for Strategic Development at the Institute for Public Policy Research and Founder of Left Foot Forward. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress and was a 2007-08 Fulbright Scholar.

Zoe Gannon

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Zoe writes on a range of political and economic issues, including banking, taxation and the pharmaceutical industry; she is the head of research and clerk to the High Pay Commission set up by the think tank Compass.
Adam Barnett

Adam Barnett

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Adam Barnett is a staff writer for Left Foot Forward and runs MediaWatch. He has written for Dissent magazine and newspapers.

Asher Dresner

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Asher analyses political speeches for Left Foot Forward. His MA was in Political Communications, with a dissertation on leaders’ party conference speeches over the last thirty years; Asher runs speechwriting consultancy The Speechwriter and blogs here.

Dave Prentis

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Dave is the general secretary of UNISON, Britain’s biggest public sector trade union with more than 1.3 million members; he writes about all areas of public policy and the impact the government's policies will have on public services.

Ed Jacobs

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Ed writes on devolved and local government. He works as a political consultant at the only Northern based consultancy, The Public Affairs Company. Ed has previously helped establish and run a student news website therundown.co.uk.
John Mills

John Mills

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John Mills is an economist and chairman of consumer goods brand JML. He served as a Labour councillor almost continuously between 1971 and 2006.

Kevin Gulliver

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Kevin writes for Left Foot Forward about housing and the impact of government policy on low income communities. He is the Director of Birmingham-based research charity the Human City Institute and Chair of the Centre for Community Research but writes in a personal capacity; Kevin's interests are social and economic policy, especially relating to housing, health, communities and inequalities.

Richard Exell

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Richard writes for Left Foot Forward on labour markets; he is the TUC’s senior policy officer, covering social security, tax credits and labour market issues - including the debates about the European social model and labour market flexibility.
Ruby Stockham

Ruby Stockham

Staff Writer Posts by Ruby
Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. She has a Masters degree in Modern Literature and was the winner of The Spectator's 2013 prize for travel writing.

Tony Burke

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Tony Burke is assistant general secretary of Unite responsible for manufacturing; he writes for Left Foot Forward on manufacturing and industrial policy and workers' rights. Tony is a member of the TUC executive committee and general council, a member of the Labour Party National Policy Forum, Trade Union co-ordinator for the Morning Star newspaper and chair of the Campaign For Trade Union Freedom. As well as LFF, he contributes to Tribune, the Morning Star, The Manufacturer, the TUC's Stronger Unions website and blogs at his own Power In A Union.

Will Straw

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Will Straw @wdjstraw is Associate Director for Strategic Development at the Institute for Public Policy Research and Founder of Left Foot Forward. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress and was a 2007-08 Fulbright Scholar.