Author, activist, journalist, film-maker. Tariq Ali has been a central figure on the British left since the 1960s. From Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan he has been a key critic of imperialism as well as the racism and islamophobia it breeds. Author of numerous books and screenplays, including the forthcoming The Extreme Centre: A Warning, and editor of New Left Review, no serious event of the radical left in this country would be complete without Tariq Ali.
Danny Dorling is a social geographer working on issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. He is the author of a number of books, including All That Is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster and, more recently, Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists.
Clive Lewis MP is a Labour Member of Parliament for Norwich South and a shadow minister in the Department of Energy and Climate Change. He has been involved in a number of anti-cuts campaigns and has spoken on People’s Assembly platforms.
Andrew Murray is a British campaigner, journalist and Chair of the Stop the War Coalition. Murray has been a senior official for several trade unions over a couple of decades and is presently Chief of Staff for Unite the Union.
Actor, comedian, disability rights campaigner, People’s Assembly spokesperson and now author, Francesca Martinez is one of the sharpest, angriest (and busiest) standup comedians out there. She has recently turned her acclaimed show What the **** is normal? into a book which has garnered rave reviews from everyone from Russell Brand to The Sunday Times. She is the organiser of the #JC4PM tour.
Tom Mills is the author of the forthcoming book BBC: The Myth of Public Service. Tom has a PhD in sociology from the University of Bath, where he works as a researcher.
James Schneider is a leading activist with Momentum, Senior Correspondent at New African magazine and was formerly the Editor-in-chief of Think Africa Press. He has a particular interest in the study of political economy, capital flows, and equitable development. He is also a frequent media commentator on African affairs.
Kate Hudson is the General Secretary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and a founder member of Left Unity. She was instrumental in building the Stop the War Coalition and was one of the organisers of the million-strong 2003 demonstration against the invasion of Iraq. She has written widely on a number of subjects and spoken on many platforms. She is active in the People’s Assembly and the Greece Solidarity Campaign.
Lucia Pradella wrote two books on Marx’s Capital, including Globalization and the Critique of Political Economy: New Insights from Marx’s Writings (Routledge, 2015) . She co-edited Polarizing Development: Alternatives to Neoliberalism and the Crisis (Pluto, 2015).
Radical economist James Meadway has been an important critic of austerity economics and at the forefront of efforts to promulgate an alternative. James is co-author of Crisis in the Eurozone (2012) and Marx for Today (2014).
Kate Connelly is a writer and historian. She led school student strikes in the British anti-war movement in 2003, co-ordinated the Emily Wilding Davison Memorial Campaign in 2013 and is a leading member of Counterfire. Her book, Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire was published by Pluto Press last year.
A political writer and film-maker, Elizabeth Mizon is an upcoming journalist and media activist focused on exploring and interrogating mainstream narratives. As News and Politics writer for The Canary, co-director of Bristol Radical Film Festival, and producer of the 2015 press ethics documentary The Fourth Estate, she is an active member of the burgeoning radical media movement in Britain.
Chris Bambery is an author, political activist and commentator, and leading member of the International Socialist Group in Scotland. He is a part of the Radical Independence Campaign, the campaign for an independent Scotland. He has written extensively on Scotland, Ireland and imperialism.
As President of the University of London Union 2010-2011, Clare was a key organiser of the 2010 student rebellion. ‘Springtime: The New Student Rebellions’, her book on the student and youth revolts worldwide, co-edited with Tania Palmieri, is published by Verso. She is a leading member of the People’s Assembly and Counterfire.
Sam Fairbairn is the national secretary of the People’s Assembly Against Austerity which has brought hundreds of thousands onto the streets to protest cuts and privatisation. He has been a life long political organiser and activist since getting involved with School Students Against the War in 2003. He has written for Counterfire and the Morning Star.
Shelly Asquith is the president of the students’ union at the University of the Arts London.
Chris Nineham is a founder member of Stop the War and Counterfire, speaking regularly around the country on behalf of both. He is author of The People Versus Tony Blair and Capitalism and Class Consciousness: the ideas of Georg Lukacs.
John Rees is a writer, broadcaster and activist, and is one of the organisers of the People’s Assembly. His books include The Algebra of Revolution, Imperialism and Resistance, Timelines, A Political History of the Modern World, The People Demand, A Short History of the Arab Revolutions (co-author) and A People’s History of London (co-author). He is co-founder of the Stop the War Coalition. He is the founder of the Lilburne 400 anniversary conference and is writing a book on the Levellers for Verso, The Leveller Revolution.
As national convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, Lindsey was a key organiser of the largest demonstration, and one of the largest mass movements, in British history. Her books include Material Girls: Women, Men and Work, Sex, Class and Socialism, A People’s History of London (co-author) and How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women.
Stathis Kouvelakis is a writer, academic and activist who was a key figure of the left in the national leadership of Syriza and is one of the founder members of Popular Unity. He is author and editor of many books, including Critical Companion to Contemporary Marxism and Lenin Reloaded: Toward a Politics of Truth, co-edited with Sebastian Budgen and Slavoj Zizek.
Des Freedman is the author of The Contradictions of Media Power (2014) and teaches at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Kevin Ovenden is a progressive journalist who has followed politics and social movements for 25 years. He is a leading activist in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle, led five successful aid convoys to break the siege on Gaza, and was aboard the Mavi Marmara aid ship when Israeli commandoes boarded it killing 10 people in May 2010. He is author of Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth.