My community in Stamford Hill

This week is Small Charity Week 2020, an annual campaign founded by the Foundation for Social Improvement celebrating the work of small charities (generally defined as those with an annual income of less than £1m, though many are much smaller than that). It is supported by other charity sector bodies…


From today, Labour members have until April 2nd to vote in our leadership contest. I will be first preferencing Lisa Nandy to be Labour’s next leader and prime minister, and I urge you to do the same.

She’s principled, experienced and has a record of achievement as both a campaigner…


Close-up of the main stage at Labour live in an intermission, around 6pm

Despite sharing some of the scepticism about Labour Live, as the debate around it mounted my curiosity had started to grow. …


Today Haringey council leader Claire Kober announced she will step down at the local elections in May, bringing to a close the saga of the controversial £2bn Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) plans for public-private joint redevelopment in the borough.

This follows controversy first about the mass-deselection last year of Labour…


Like many who have been critical of Corbyn, the election result on Thursday has forced me to summon humility. Right up to the exit poll, I thought any election we fought under him would be a bloodbath. I described the likely outcome as “Dunkirk, not D-Day” when he was re-elected…


Trade union membership strength is correlated with economic equality, as James Bloodworth and others have noted

On Wednesday, voting comes to a close in the general secretary election for Unite, Britain’s largest trade union. As a practical matter this means those of Unite’s 1.4m members who have not yet voted must get their ballot in the post by Monday latest for it to arrive on time…


Attribution: Kevin Thant, Flickr

Since the EU referendum result last June, I have sought to argue that firm acceptance of the public’s decision to leave the EU and a pivot to championing a ‘soft’, sensible Brexit that can unify the country is the only way forward for Labour. …


Labour is starkly divided over Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to three-line whip the Article 50 vote to give the government the power to begin Brexit proceedings, and on Brexit more broadly. …


As part of its recent campaign for Clause One Socialism, Progress has launched a ‘new year’s resolution’ to oppose the McDonnell Amendment, which will effectively abolish the requirement for future Labour leaders to demonstrate that they have a bedrock of support in the Labour’s Parliamentary Party. This is the right…


In France, 4 million voters have been participating in a process to select the presidential candidate for the centre-right Republicans — Francis Fillon is tipped to defeat Alain Juppe in a runoff today. The Socialist Party will select their candidate in January — a move partly timed to allow its…

(((Elliot Bidgood)))

Research & comms analyst at a consultancy for not-for-profit organisations. Recovering Remainer, @UKLabour member, Unite. All views my own

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