Send us your suggestions for the year’s most influential left wingers

We are compiling a list of the top 50 most influential left wing thinkers of 2010 – politicians, journalists, bloggers, think tankers, academics, campaigners – and we need your input; please email shamik@leftfootforward.org with your suggestions by the end of next week, midnight Sunday 22nd August.

We are compiling a list of the top 50 most influential left wing thinkers of 2010 – politicians, journalists, bloggers, think tankers, academics, campaigners – and we need your input.

Please email me – shamik@leftfootforward.org – with your suggestions or write them in the comments below, by the end of next week, midnight Sunday 22nd August by the start of next month, midnight Sunday 5th September.

We will then collate a list of 50 for our readers to vote on; the results will be published in September around conference season.

Thanks in advance for all your suggestions!

34 Responses to “Send us your suggestions for the year’s most influential left wingers”

  1. Daniel Robert Tye

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  2. NUT YT South East

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  3. Reuben

    “– politicians, journalists, bloggers, think tankers, academics, campaigners –”

    The fact that trade unionists are ommitted from this list as rather telling. Right now, trade unions are the force that are most substantially capable of fighting the cuts agenda. Or do you think the power of progressive politics revolves around a few illuminati?

  4. Mehdi Hasan

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  5. 2me2you

    Going to go with 4,

    -New kid on the block…Chuka Ummana
    -Solid & RTer!…Mehdi Hasan
    -Economist – David Blanchflower
    -Still strong…Tony Benn

  6. Billy Blofeld

    Quantitavely Gordon Brown is the most influential – although his influence is of course negative.

    He turned a large Labour majority into defeat, and once he resigned Labour’s poll ratings began to soar again.

    Brown has got some fantastic and very measurable stats for an evidence based blog to get it’s teeth into

  7. Mr. Sensible

    Reuben, would Trade Unionists come under campaigners?

  8. sarah

    Shamik- sent my suggestions to Will as for some reason my email to your address kept bouncing.

  9. DrKMJ

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  10. Alex Snowdon

    I echo the nomination of Tony Benn and – following Reuben’s comment about trade unionists – suggest Mark Serwotka, gen secretary of PCS. Also: Caroline Lucas MP – first Green MP – and Salma Yaqoob, who unfortunately wasn’t elected but, well, should have been.

  11. LockPickerNet

    Who are 2010s most influential left wingers? http://bit.ly/adxnZl email shamik@leftfootforward.org your nominations via @leftfootfwd

  12. Anon E Mouse

    Frank Field for putting the needs of the British people before childish tribal politics and helping the needy in our society by working with the government – no other left winger is as influential as that.

    Peter Mandelson for confirming what we already knew about the despicable behaviour of Gordon Brown.

  13. Liz McShane

    Anon – that’s only two – surely you have lots more?
    My no1 is Mehdi Hasan.

  14. Anon E Mouse

    Liz – Well I like Tony Benn, a man of principal and Mehdi Hasan seems OK.

    How’s that?

  15. Liz McShane

    Anon – better than I had expected!!! TB was also on my list! Maybe we agree more on things than we think!

  16. Anon E Mouse

    Liz – I want a strong opposition to the government and not one that is run by the national media in this country.

    Because, pre-Cameron, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats were useless and it took the likes of the Daily Mail to challenge the government and it shouldn’t be like that.

    No one ever elected the editor of a national newspaper to act as the official opposition but that’s what happened. And that is why I am so critical of Labour on this blog and their seeming inability to understand what the electorate told them May 6.

    I am not starstruck by any politician from any party and I just do not like dishonesty or hypocrisy by anyone irrespective of who they are…

  17. Neil

    Caroline Lucas, Nick Lowles, Frances O’Grady, Jon Cruddas, Ken Livingstone, Clifford Singer, Neal Lawson, Will Straw, Matthew McGregor and Chuka Umunna.

  18. Liz McShane

    Anon – I agree with you whole heartedly re the media (God this is getting scary!!).

    We should not be afraid or timid about challenging their populist views esp ones trotted out by the likes of The Daily Express/Daily Mail (otherwise known as The Daily Hell/Hate).

  19. Mike

    Sally Berkow – For leader

  20. their_vodka

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  21. Claire French

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  22. Verso UK

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  23. Gards F

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  24. malcolm geary

    Government Savings – suggestion 10th Aug 2010

    The army of Trading Standards civil servants employed at great cost in every Town Hall is worth looking at. As a body allegedly performing a public duty, they are mostly clock watching keyboard clickers / pen pushers with a comfortable gold plated pension to look forward to. Their ability to deliver value for money is highly doubtful as the following example from my experience demonstrates. Most convenience food stores have fridges which are supposed to keep chilled food at prescribed temperatures laid down by the Food Standards Agency. In my 16 years spent supplying such outlets, most under-performed the required standards by between 50 and 100%. How many were shut down in order to protect the public ? Not a single one I know of. Did anyone die as a result ? probably not, but could well have endured some tummy ache or upset requiring medical attention.

    Since this Coalition Government invites suggestions from the public in order to reduce the horrendous deficit inherited from the outgoing lot, I say we should rely on existing legislation to protect the consumer – namely The Sale of Goods Act 1893. This covers everything sold to the public and produce has to be of merchantable quality & not cause harm to consumers. It may have been updated but the basics are what matter. Environmental health officers are another bunch of hangers-on who swell the Council Tax burden and achieve next to nothing.

    Yours,

    MDG
    SL6 1UD ( No. 17 )

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  27. tim f

    I’m sorry but what exactly is Tony Benn’s influence in this day and age? If he inspires a few people that’s great, but I can’t think of anything concrete.

    Do they have to be based in Britain?

    If so, my votes go for: Gordon Brown (he may not be popular but his influence in hard power terms as PM is undeniable), Ken Livingstone (his campaign has been the most high-profile uncompromising rejection of the coalition cuts), Len McCluskey (mainly for his role in the BA strikes), Ed Balls (mainly for his role in galvanising the fightback over BSF cuts/free schools), and I’m struggling to think of a 5th that matches the influence of those 4. Sad that they’re all men.

  28. John Evans

    Chukka Ummuna – newbie and already well known and respected

    Harriet Harman – only person to come out of the leadership contest well so far!

    Peter Hain – still the best/only proper campaigner in Shadow Cabinet. Still respected by left outside Labour due to anti-apartheid. Becoming an elder statesman

    Tony Benn – still carries so much weight.

    Tony Blair – ditto

  29. Ryan

    Carwyn Jones – the most senior left politician in power across the UK’s 4 governments, and because he won the Welsh Labour leadership election conclusively.

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    Stuart Craft, IWCA.

  32. Neil Williams

    Tony Ben for supporting the new Coalition of Resistance. An inspiration to all who will resist this ConDem coalition.

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