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Editor’s word: A thanks to our readers and supporters

To our readers and supporters,

I hope you all had an exquisite and enjoyable break over the festive interval and thanks as ever to your continued help of Left Foot Ahead, for with out you, we wouldn’t be capable to perform the important journalism that’s so badly wanted throughout such difficult instances.

I believed I’d write this word to replace you on the place we’re at LFF, a few of our highlights over the past 12 months and on a few of our thrilling plans for the 12 months forward.

This 12 months at LFF, we’ve revealed lots of of articles. We’ve uncovered hypocrisy and corruption on the correct of politics, given a platform to the actions combating for social and local weather justice and featured in-depth commentary from progressive politicians and commentators.

We’ve launched a brand new in-depth sequence of conversations with retiring MPs on the left, that includes Caroline Lucas, Ben Bradshaw, Darren Jones and Margaret Hodge.

Whereas the remainder of the media has berated, ridiculed and attacked commerce unions and marketing campaign teams, we’ve lined the explanations they’ve been placing and protesting, whereas giving a voice to their leaders and activists. We’ve employed Hannah Davenport over the previous 12 months to supply intensive protection of the commerce union motion and campaigns for higher pay and circumstances, whereas Paul Nowak, Basic Secretary of the TUC, writes a month-to-month column for LFF.

Our Proper Watch sequence continues to go from power to power, with Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead persevering with to reveal and shine a light-weight on the correct, their media, ‘suppose tanks’, marketing campaign teams and political events. This has included exposing right-wing campaigns to take over the Nationwide Belief, monitoring the rise of Reform UK and exposing falsehoods within the right-wing press.

With the correct persevering with to unfold misinformation and falsehoods within the run as much as the overall election, the work of Proper Watch is now extra vital than ever.

A large thanks to all of our columnists from throughout the progressive political spectrum, who proceed to supply insightful and full of life commentary and evaluation for LFF readers, in addition to to our contributors and all of you who’ve written for LFF over the previous 12 months.

Over half 1,000,000 distinctive people have learn articles on our web site within the final 12 months.

This 12 months is more likely to be a basic election 12 months, which signifies that the work of LFF and your help is extra vital than ever. With the Tories getting determined because the election approaches, leaning into tradition wars, whipping up ethical panics in opposition to minorities and spreading misinformation and lies to win help, we at LFF will proceed to carry them to account, whereas making the case for progressive concepts and insurance policies to create a extra equal, inexperienced and socially-just society.

This 12 months, alongside publishing hard-hitting information and remark by and for the UK left, within the run as much as the election, we’ll even be finishing up common truth checks of Tory claims, in-depth protection of key insurance policies and commitments by progressive events in addition to bringing you unique polling to point out the general public’s calls for on key coverage points.

With the Tories pushing tradition wars as a option to win the subsequent election, pitting communities in opposition to each other, whereas borrowing straight out of the Trump playbook, now greater than ever, we’d like an unbiased left-wing media, free from the management of billionaires,  to behave as an evidence-based stability to the right-wing press.

That’s why your help of LFF is so valued and essential to all the pieces that we do.

It’s an unimaginable privilege to be the editor of LFF at such a time and to be working with such a superb crew of colleagues in addition to with our board.

Please do proceed sending us your tales, tip offs, opinions and ideas and thanks as soon as extra to your continued help.

Finest needs

Basit Mahmood

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