Left Foot Forward was founded in 2009 by Will Straw to provide hard-hitting news and comment, written by and for the UK left.

Since then we’ve published thousands of pieces of analysis, exclusive stories, and op eds from activists, public figures and civil society. We’re here to shine a light on the right, to be a space for open debate among progressives, and to act as an evidence-based balance to the right-wing press.  

LFF is run by trained journalists, and edited by Josiah Mortimer and Joe Lo. Our editorial policy is set by the editors with input from our board. Comment pieces do not necessarily represent the views of LFF as a whole, and we welcome diverse debate. LFF publishes pieces from across the left, from all over the UK.

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LFF’s Purpose: What we exist to do

  1. Shining a Light on the Right: Exposing regressive policies, cronyism and hypocrisy
  2. A Forum for Fresh Thinking: Promoting progressive solutions to key issues facing the UK and the world
  3. A Platform for Debate: Providing a cross-party and independent space for respectful discussion among progressives
  4. More Space for the Margins: Highlighting news and ideas that get buried in the wider media, and striving to be as diverse as possible

LFF’s Values: What drives our journalism

  1. For the Left: We stand with progressive movements and campaigns to create a more equal, green and socially-just society
  2. Evidence-based: We stand by our high journalistic standards, and will always strive to publish the truth. Journalism should be rigorous and rebellious
  3. Transparent: We stand for honesty. We’ll be clear about our funders and when we make mistakes, too
  4. Open: We’ll be accessible to our readers and want an open, ongoing conversation – to constantly improve our hard-hitting journalism
  5. Non-partisan: We’re not aligned with any one party. We’ll be a space for progressive ideas and values across and outside of parties

Advertise on LFF

LFF can offer bespoke advertising packages, reaching a large and engaged UK audience. To advertise on Left Foot Forward email josiah[at]leftfootforward.org

Contributing Editors

Contributing Editors to the site include accounting professor Lord Prem Sikka, former Green Party of England & Wales leader Baroness Natalie Bennett, and Unite Assistant General Secretary Tony Burke.

Board

Left Foot Forward‘s board consists of Henry Tinsley (Chair), Becky Jarvis, Sonny Leong CBE and Bess Mayhew. Ife Thompson is an adviser to the board.

Funding

Left Foot Forward is funded by grassroots reader support, partnerships, and advertising. Prior to 2018, LFF was funded largely through our membership of media cooperative Political Pixel, which was itself funded largely by trade unions.

We are committed to transparency, and publish details of any donors who contribute more than £5,000 in any calendar year. In 2020, we received donations above £5,000 from two sources, Betterworld Ltd, which gave a total of £10,000, and the Unite union, which gave £6,000. We also received £16,770 with the closure of Political Pixel.

Complaints

Left Foot Forward is a member of IMPRESS, the independent press regulator. Please direct any complaints about editorial content or decisions to [email protected].

You can read our full complaints policy hereLFF follows the IMPRESS Standards Code.

Correspondence address

Left Foot Forward c/o BKPS, 74 High Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 8HS.