Nominations are now open for most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11

Nominations are now open for the most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11 - please send in yours

It’s time for the annual Left Foot Forward poll of the most influential left-wing thinker. Last year, Tony Benn topped the vote on 44%, followed by Ken Livingstone (34%), Caroline Lucas (33%), Noam Chomsky (30%) and Ed Miliband (24%) – who priescently came ahead of his brother David (18%). 

We are now taking nominations for the title of the most influential left-wing thinker of 2011. You can send in your nomination by emailing us at daniel@leftfootforward.org and putting “Nomination:” followed by the name of the person you wish to nominate. If you would like to argue for your nomination, please send a 150-250 word article in support, which we’ll look to run over August.    They don’t necessarily:

  • Have to be left-wing in a conventional sense
  • Need to be someone whose views you personally agree with
  • Widely perceived to be ‘political’

They do

  • Have to have had a discernable impact between September 2010 and August 2011 on British Politics

We will then draw up a short list of 20 which will then be put to the vote.

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47 Responses to “Nominations are now open for most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11”

  1. Claire Price

    Nominations are now open for most influential left-winger in 2010/11: http://bit.ly/n8P8O0 writes @danielelton – please send in yours!

  2. Tony Burke

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nominations are now open for most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11 http://t.co/sWrF6dZ

  3. Grahame Morris

    @leftfootfwd: Nominations now open for most influential left-winger in 2010/11: http://t.co/AEh29Ey -plz send in yours for @TheGreenBenches!

  4. dm

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nominations are now open for most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11 http://t.co/WzfIz0E #ukpolitics

  5. Selohesra

    How about Johann Hari?

  6. 13eastie

    The author of the seminal “Beyond the Crash“?

  7. Extradition Game

    Nominations are now open for most influential left-winger in 2010/11: http://bit.ly/n8P8O0 writes @danielelton – please send in yours!

  8. thesocialistway

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nominations are now open for most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11 http://t.co/I2S8e6y

  9. John Snowdon

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nominations are now open for most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11 http://t.co/I2S8e6y

  10. Vegan Panda

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nominations are now open for most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11 http://t.co/I2S8e6y

  11. Ed's Talking Balls

    I nominate Maurice Glasman.

  12. Hitchin England

    Nominations are now open for most influential left-winger in 2010/11: http://bit.ly/n8P8O0 writes @danielelton – please send in yours!

  13. Robert

    Is that it those three dear god the left have had it.

  14. Mr Danger

    George Galloway
    John Pilger
    Bob Crow
    Charlie Gilmour

  15. AltGovUK

    Nominations are now open for most influential left-winger in 2010/11: http://bit.ly/n8P8O0 writes @danielelton – please send in yours!

  16. Jack Barker

    Surely @tom_watson is the favourite for this?? http://t.co/ZxdZjgT

  17. Daniel

    Robbie Williams!

  18. Robert

    David Cameron, he’s closer then Blair

  19. Alex F

    Ryan Giggs?

  20. Leon Wolfson

    @4 – No, that’s just the three local right-wing clowns. They do a great juggling act.

    (And I’m sure at least one will go crazy over that comment too)

  21. Hens4Freedom

    Nominations are now open for most influential left-winger in 2010/11: http://bit.ly/n8P8O0 writes @danielelton – please send in yours!

  22. Trakgalvis

    Nominations are now open for most influential left-winger in 2010/11: http://bit.ly/n8P8O0 writes @danielelton – please send in yours!

  23. Sue Marsh

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nominations are now open for most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11 http://t.co/3Pcc3Yq

  24. BendyGirl

    RT @leftfootfwd: Nominations are now open for most influential left-wing thinker in 2010/11 http://t.co/7PQTeBA

  25. Broken OfBritain

    I wonder – can we nominate 'the online disabled community' for this?! http://fb.me/Z0qZeriI

  26. Angela Cavill-Burch

    I wonder – can we nominate 'the online disabled community' for this?! http://fb.me/Z0qZeriI

  27. John Gillibrand

    I wonder – can we nominate 'the online disabled community' for this?! http://fb.me/Z0qZeriI

  28. MustBeRead

    Who is the most influential left-winger? When @LeftFoodFwd ran the poll last year it was Tony Benn, then Ken Livingstone http://t.co/Cpbdvui

  29. Old Father Kong

    Who is the most influential left-winger? When @LeftFoodFwd ran the poll last year it was Tony Benn, then Ken Livingstone http://t.co/Cpbdvui

  30. Eddy Anderson

    Somehow, I don’t think Ed Miliband will be making this year’s list . . .

  31. Dave Citizen

    How about Ed Milliband?

  32. Joseph Boughy

    David Harvey, without a doubt.

  33. Robert

    9.How about Ed Milliband?

    He’d have to find socialism first…..

  34. Dave Citizen

    Robert – thinking about it, for me he’d have to actually do something. May be in a year or two we’ll be able to see if Ed M can turn the right noises into some firmer proposals – then i will nominate him, (no doubt with the backing of some regular posters such as Anon, Beastie and Eds talking).

  35. Ed's Talking Balls

    I would have gone for Ed Miliband this time round, Dave, except the article specifies that nominees must be ‘influential’ and ‘thinkers’. Sadly, I therefore had to discount him and opt for Glasman instead.

  36. Mr Eugenides

    2010: Tony Benn 44%, Ken Livingstone 34%, Caroline Lucas 33%, Noam Chomsky 30%, Ed Miliband 24%. @leftfootfwd http://t.co/MGwJy7U

  37. PlatoSays

    2010: Tony Benn 44%, Ken Livingstone 34%, Caroline Lucas 33%, Noam Chomsky 30%, Ed Miliband 24%. @leftfootfwd http://t.co/MGwJy7U

  38. Shelly Asquith

    @felix_preston @tommilleruk @hazeljn @CateySmith @aliceperryuk @benfolley @c_quigley @conradlandin Vote for Ken! http://t.co/CWmwZOv

  39. Mr Eugenides

    What an embarrassing 2010 list. It’s like Conservative Home ran a right-wing thinkers poll and it was won by Teresa Gorman, Melanie Phillips and Lord Monckton. Dire.

  40. Dr Eoin Clarke

    http://t.co/mJJhUE0 Please follow the provided link to nominate @RicardJMurphy as the most influential left wing thinker of 2011

  41. Mabel Horrocks

    http://t.co/mJJhUE0 Please follow the provided link to nominate @RicardJMurphy as the most influential left wing thinker of 2011

  42. Plymouth City UNISON

    @TheGreenBenches: http://t.co/mJJhUE0 Please follow the link to nominate @RichardJMurphy as the most influential left wing thinker of 2011

  43. James Leppard

    http://t.co/mJJhUE0 Please follow the provided link to nominate @RicardJMurphy as the most influential left wing thinker of 2011

  44. Tim Worstall

    Richard Murphy!

    Come along now, must be time for a know nothing loon to win? Someone who really doesn’t know: at least the second Viscount Stansgate was sound on nuclear power at one point.

  45. Peter Briffa

    Richard Murphy.

  46. Alex

    Am I allowed to nominate the BBC? If you want an influential ‘political’ left-wing voice they must be included.

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