Nine times Left Foot Forward hit the headlines in 2020

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We’ve punched above our weight at Left Foot Forward this year, breaking news and getting noticed. Thanks to all our readers for making all this possible.

In no particular order – here’s a selection of coverage of LFF stories from the year.

9. Campaigners lambast Daily Mail for ‘implying’ that Russia and Albania are safe for LGBT+ people. Spoiler: They’re not.

Pink News picked up Joe Lo’s piece this month, after the Daily Mail’s implied that there was no reason LGBT+ people might fear persecution in Russia and Albania…

8. Unison’s McAnea rejects “continuity candidate” label as “patronising”

LabourList reported on Josiah Mortimer’s interview with the candidate to be the General Secretary of Unison. She didn’t hold back on telling him she was being treated differently from her male competitors.

7. Plaid Cymru joins calls for government to block tax-dodging companies from Coronavirus bailout support.

The New European picked up reporting from LFF writer Sophia Dourou. The piece looked at calls from the IPPR and others for the government to block tax-dodgers from being bailed out.

6. Tower Hamlets mayor says Robert Jenrick scandal is ‘anything but’ over as he condems Tory MP’s response.

Yahoo picked up a hard-hitting piece written for us by Mayor John Biggs on an alleged ‘cash for favours’ scandal.

5. British trafficking victim seeing Priti Patel over alleged ‘abuse of personal data’.

The Week drew on our reporting on refugees, accusing the Home Office of misusing data from homeless shelters for immigration enforcement.

4. Labour’s most exciting new MP just shredded the Tories’ budget.

In a piece on Labour left-winger Zarah Sultana MP, The Canary cited columnist Prof Prem Sikka’s piece explaining just how bad an idea freeports are: a boon for corporate tax dodgers.

3. Coronavirus: Business Secretary won’t promise full sick pay for ‘health heroes’.

The Mirror reported on the tough question (and weak response) from a minister to LFF co-editor Josiah Mortimer at a No 10 press conference….

2. Still life in the old watchdog: The enduring importance of local media.

Press Gazette covered Josiah Mortimer’s reporting of ruptions between Keir Starmer and a 2019 candidate over allegations he had snubbed their local party activists.

1. UK Coronavirus: Boris Johnson announces new lockdown in England from Thursday.

As England locked down a second time, The Guardian‘s live blog some exclusive info from LFF on the new Covid measures.

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Emma Burnell is a journalist and consultant.

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