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It’s brought to you by Simon Fletcher. Simon’s experience includes:

Chief of staff to the first elected mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, 2000-08. Campaign Director, Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader, 2015. Chief of staff to Jeremy Corbyn and Director of Campaigns. Trade Union Liaison Manager for Ed Miliband 2013-15. Director of Campaigns and Research, London Labour general election campaign, 2010. Campaign Director, Richard Leonard for Scottish Labour leader, 2017. Adviser to Keir Starmer.

You can read some of his recent comment on Labour politics here and here.

Simon’s substack will contain writing: analysis and opinion utilising his experience on the left. It will carry interviews and occasionally include commentary from others. Since this Substack aims to discuss a range of left political subjects and wider issues, contributions will not be limited to Labour party figures and may include those who don’t support the Labour Party.


“Welcome to my newsletter and site.

“I was prompted to start it because I felt that there was a space for comment and analysis from me, as a practitioner of politics, that didn’t always fit simply into conventional article format: either because some things demand a longer look, or because some others need a quick response or a different form altogether.

“I have worked in politics for a long time and it seems to me that there is a case for putting my experiences to work for a wider audience by talking about them and sharing them.

“Over time I’m keen to edit the newsletter to encourage clarity of how we advance the politics of the left, including through interviews and contributions from others.

“I will argue for a politics that’s against false counterpositions. Against the counterposition of protest versus power; against the counterposition of slogans versus changing lives. Against the argument that there is a division between winning a general election and uniting the Labour Party.

“Instead I want to argue for alliances to build a majority.

“The newsletter will make arguments for socialism. Sometimes it will provide insight or views based on my personal, practical experience on the left. Sometimes it may well even have the occasional bit of news. I’m interested in covering trade union campaigns that don’t always get the attention they deserve and we will also talk about political communication, devolution and other issues that I’ve been involved in.

“Not everyone will agree with everything here but I hope, even for those who are not on the left, it will still make a useful contribution to politics.”


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