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How to win friends in the media and influence normal people
How to win friends in the media and influence normal people

Is your vital left-wing campaign suffering at the hands of a media blackout? Are the nationals ignoring you at every turn? Can you not even get your face on the radio? Well, did you send them a press release? Salman Shaheen explains how to get covered by the media. My first forays into left-wing campaigns […]

Bookmakers’ odds: wise political gambles
Bookmakers' odds: wise political gambles

Mr Ladbrokes goes to bed every night weeping tears of shame at the amount of money I’ve taken off of him over the years. I must be at least a hundred pounds up, and he’s not a man to forgive easily – if he even exists. As the election approaches it’s worth taking a quick […]

Who to vote for in May’s local elections?
Who to vote for in May's local elections?

By Huseyin Abudharr Ali (of Garden of Freedom) On the 22nd of May we will see voters across England turning out to vote in the local council elections. This is an extremely important time in British politics with tough austerity being forced onto the people by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat government, also being supported by the […]

The astonishing career of Margo MacDonald
The astonishing career of Margo MacDonald

It was with great sadness that I read that Margo MacDonald, the independent MSP, had died aged seventy. She had suffered with ill health and Parkinsons for some time before her death. Ground breaking She first came to public notice when she won the earth shattering 1973 Govan Parliamentary by-election for the SNP, a breakthrough that helped […]

The election is coming…
The election is coming...

On May 22nd 2014 we’ll see elections to both the European Parliament across, well, Europe and, in many places, elections to local councils – including every single London council seat. Just like last year this site won’t be taking sides but will be highlighting the left campaigns, providing information on their candidates, watching the Green […]

Greens take on the Europe debate
Greens take on the Europe debate

There was a time when the left was unremittingly anti-EU. Both the dear departed Bob Crow and Tony Benn were vociferous opponents of the European Union, may they rest in peace. Indeed the Communist Party of Britain is still in there, trying to raise £10,000 to make sure No2EU is on the Euro-ballot paper this […]

Panorama vs Lutfur Rahman: no smoking gun.
Panorama vs Lutfur Rahman: no smoking gun.

The BBC’s Panorama program has conducted an investigation into Tower Hamlet’s Mayor Lutfur Rahman. In it they’ve discovered that a) the Labour Party don’t like him, b) he funds community projects and c) he created a new logo for the borough when he got elected. Shocking stuff. Or at least it presents itself as shocking […]

McCluskey: Labour has no “God given” right to exist
McCluskey: Labour has no "God given" right to exist

Len McCluskey (right) the leader of Britain’s largest union Unite has declared that Labour’s “variations of austerity” was not good enough to win the next election. Saying “I believe the British electorate are of a mind that unless there is a real alternative to say, ‘We’d best stick with the devil we know.’” McCluskey added “Can I […]

The Happy Monday Club: Bez takes on the system
The Happy Monday Club: Bez takes on the system

Bez (Mark Berry to some), the maraca player from the Happy Mondays, has thrown his hat into the electoral ring and he’s ready to take on the establishment in the form of Salford’s Hazel Blears. He said “I’ve been saying we need a revolution and there’s no good shouting about it when you’re not actually […]

French voters punish government in local elections
French voters punish government in local elections

This Sunday saw the final round of voting in the French municipal elections. The headlines were simple. The ruling Socialist Party (PS) were crushed, leading to a new Prime Minister (and cabinet), while the far-right National Front (FN) have made historic gains, winning eleven towns. The Socialist Party’s Anne Hidalgo (right) became the first female Mayor […]

Lost in Barking: losing 1 cllr is a misfortune… but 8?
Lost in Barking: losing 1 cllr is a misfortune... but 8?

Will the trials and tribulations in Barking and Dagenham never end? It was only a short while ago that the far-right BNP was making historic gains in their patch. While organisations like Hope Not Hate and Unite Against Fascism mobilised their shock troops and provided much needed show leather ultimately it was down to Labour […]

Labour win controversial Brighton council by-election
Labour win controversial Brighton council by-election

Tonight Labour have narrowly won the Hanover & Elm Grove council by-election in Brighton after a controversial campaign “marred” by bin strikes and public disagreement among Green Party activists. Labour turned a substantial Green majority into a win by  only 38 votes – a significant victory for them and a serious loss for the Greens. The successful Labour candidate, Emma Daniel, […]

European elections 2014: a pending left disaster?
European elections 2014: a pending left disaster?

Dave Parks, Exeter Left Unity Coordinator, writes (in a personal capacity) on what lies ahead for the left in 2014.   The biggest electoral test before the 2015 general election will be the European elections which are scheduled to take place on 22nd May 2014. The local elections will almost certainly take place on the […]

By elections; Leicester, Oldham, Rotherham, Somerset
By elections; Leicester, Oldham, Rotherham, Somerset

By elections where left of Labour candidate are running only;  Leicester, Abbey ward – May 9th Tessa Warrington, Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts. Twitter account, local website. Leaflets. If anyone can help with the campaign, contact her agent Steve Score on 07737978057. Oldham, Alexandra ward – May 9th Miranda Meadowcroft, Green Party. Local party website. […]

Unite the union balloting over Political Fund
Unite the union balloting over Political Fund

Unite the union is balloting members on the political fund, which it is legally obliged to do. They have produced this video of our Len explaining why it’s something the union needs. It’s an interesting video in that funding for the Labour Party barely features until near the end, which is odd because Unite is the single […]