Thank you – and goodbye

18th May, 2015 5:00 pm

After thousands of posts for LabourList, this is the hardest one I’ve had to write.

Because this is the last post I’ll be writing as Editor of LabourList – as I’ll be moving on in the days ahead to a new role and a new challenge.

It’s been nearly five years since I started working on the site, originally as Deputy Editor and then soon after that as Editor. I’m incredibly proud of how the site has expanded and grown, with readership increasing almost tenfold over the course of the last Parliament. The way people have taken LabourList to their hearts has been a genuinely humbling experience.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who came before me at LabourList. Without Derek Draper’s vision of a Labour site that would provide a hub of debate, news and opinion for the Labour movement I’d never have been here. And for Alex Smith’s sound management of the site – and for taking a chance on me – I will always be incredibly grateful.

I’m also indebted to those who have supported LabourList – financially (whether individual donors large or small, or the trade unions who have provided such unstinting backing), in terms of all of the fantastic contributors to the site – and those of you who matter most of all, the readers.

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Finally, I want to say a little something about the people who I have relied on the most over this crucial election year, and in whose hands I know LabourList will be safe. Conor Pope and Maya Goodfellow have improved LabourList immeasurably during their time as staff writers. The lions share of the credit for the improvement in LabourList’s output over the past year should go to them, and their wisdom, patience and sense of humour has made them a joy to work with, and a hugely valuable asset for LabourList. Similarly the wise counsel, and wonderful writing, of contributing editors Emma Burnell and Stefan Stern – and every regular LabourList contributor, friend and supporter has meant that LabourList is a far better site that I could ever have hoped it would become.

Editing LabourList for the past five years has been a huge honour. And although it is time to go, I will miss LabourList – and its readers – a great deal. But I’ll still be reading the morning e-mail and dropping by LabourList each day to see what’s happening in the Labour Party. Just like everybody else.

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  • Ian Robathan

    good luck Mark and sorry to see you go but we begin a new cycle and guessing this is perfect timing for you. I suspect you will not be disappearing from view !

  • Steven Gale

    Thanks for all the hard work you have put in Mark; you will be missed.

  • Dave Postles

    Good luck for your future.

  • JosBell

    good luck Mark – all the best for your new role x

  • Billsilver

    Are YOU the new leader in waiting?

  • Alex Smith

    Well done, mate. You’re a legend and your voice will be missed around here. Can’t wait to see what you achieve next. With your talent and character I know it’s going to be big. X

    • karina

      You are a legend too. We won’t forget the work you did here too!

  • carlton temple-powell

    Thanks for being here Mark. This website has become an important part of our daily lives and your stewardship has been first-rate.

  • swatnan

    All the best Mark, you’ve done a grand job!

  • reformist lickspittle

    Thank you for everything you have done.

    I did not agree with everything you said (though I did with much of it) but you were only ever motivated by one thing – the desire to see Labour do well.

    Your successors have a big act to follow – but I am confident they will.

    Onwards and upwards 🙂

  • EmmaBurnell

    You have been an incredible asset to LabourList. I will miss working with you, reading you regularly and your unique voice and sense of humour. XXX

  • Bill Filey

    All the best Mark

  • Brumanuensis

    LabourList has been a fantastic forum for debate and discussion these past five years, and that is an absolute credit to you. All the best for your new role.

  • BillFrancisOConnor

    I haven’t always agreed with you Mark but your service to the site has been absolutely outstanding. Well done Mark!

  • Monkey_Bach

    Good Night, And Good Luck. Eeek.

  • imw101

    With Unite in the wings waiting to pull the plug on LL who can blame you for wanting a secure job?

    • reformist lickspittle

      Pathetic piece of trolling which is (as so often) utterly without factual basis.

      Don’t you feel just a bit embarrassed at such a total lack of class?

    • jaime taurosangastre candelas

      That was not called for.

  • Ross Houston

    Mark – what a wonderful job you’ve done – always enjoy reading LabourList and your articles in particular. All the very best for the future!

  • Matthew Blott

    All the best Mark, I always enjoyed reading your stuff (and usually agreed with it).

  • Best of luck with your next role Mark and thanks very much for Labour List.

  • Adam Peak

    All the best Mark, and thanks for five great years. I come here every day so you’ve obviously done something right!

    Quite frankly, and sorry to say it, but what the heck, all about truth, I’m glad Labour lost the election, I think it needed to happen. But now it has. The party has hit rock bottom…things literally can only get better now, ahem! I was very sad Dan Jarvis ruled himself out of the leadership, as I felt he could have really stuck it to the Tories and also united Northern working class voters with Middle England floating voters. I hope in 5 years, if Labour have not broken through by then, Dan will stand because I believe he, or someone of his ilk (and there aren’t that many in the party at the moment) is what Labour needs to motivate it, galvanise it and turn it into a viable party of government again. Dan has organised mountaineering expeditions in the Himalayas, so what better man than to lead Labour up the electoral mountain it has to climb?

    Anyway…Mark, as a non-Labour voter who has gone from hating the party in 2010 to despairing of them in 2015, I genuinely hope the next five years sees an upturn in the party, and I have to say it’s reading these debates on Labourlist that has constantly reminded me of the good people behind the scenes in the Labour party, the interesting debates and colourful characters, all of which is IMO a good advert for the party.

    All the best in the future. Maybe I’ll even give Labour my vote in 2020!

  • jaime taurosangastre candelas

    Well done Mark. I hope you remain involved in a journalistic role. You have the ability to be both passionately engaged and also honest when it is necessary to pass on a critical opinion.

  • bazbrum

    As a newbie (I hope your departure is not connected to my joining!) must say what a fantastic site this is (wish Id found it years ago) and with five years as editor you have done an amazing job. Good luck for the future I’m confident you have a bright future ahead of you.

  • Ian

    Good luck in your new leadership campaign role!

  • Alex Sabin

    Sorry to see you go, Mark. All the best in your future role. I hope and expect that this site will continue to serve as an invaluable forum for those interested in Labour politics and that the weekly podcast (a great idea) will be continued!

  • Keir Softie

    Best wishes and good luck in your next role.

  • bikerboy

    A sense of irony in the headline that articles sometimes lacked but it must have been tricky sometimes coming up with Ed rebuttals.

    Derek Draper… what happened to him?

    The very best of luck in your future endeavours, sincerely.

    • g978

      He sunk to the bottom after lobbygate and smeargate – selling access to ministers and trying to smear opponents (very Brown).

  • Phil Kelly

    Cheers Mark: great job done; life w/o LL now unthinkable. You’re a hard act to follow. All the best

  • Robin Wilde

    Met you in Sheffield last year. Good luck for the future.

  • Nope, we reject your resignation, can’t lose every Labour figure can we 😉

  • Red Sparrow

    Really enjoyed your drive and enthusiasm – good luck

  • Steve Yates

    Not sure I can cope with any more Labour resignations, but good bye, good luck and thanks.

  • David Battley

    Seconding all the praise below, it has undoubtedly been a challenging, and somewhat thankless, brief which you have acquitted with distinction.

    Good luck for the future.

  • Marlinspike2014

    All the best for the future.

  • RuthB

    Sorry to see you go just as I’ve been able to join in the discussion! I have been reading your pieces for a long time, though, and will miss them. 🙁

  • CrunchieTime

    Best wishes for the future.

  • James B

    Mark, I have been reading your posts for a couple of years now and have found your calm, thoughtful, fair-minded analysis – always clear-eyed but unfailingly optimistic and committed – illuminating and inspiring. Your voice will be much missed here at Labour List. Very best of luck with what I am sure will be a very successful new career direction.

  • Will Douglas-Mann

    I only came across Labourlist three days ago and already it seems like essential reading

  • PeterBarnard

    Good luck, Mark, and a big thank you for your efforts over the past five years.

  • Curlew

    Oh…just as you were coming round to my way of thinking. Still it’s only Monday. You can un-resign on Wednesday?

  • Daniel Speight

    Good luck with whatever comes next, Mark.

  • massala

    LabourList and Mark’s editorial guidance have been invaluable to me going through a tough year where my support for Labour dwindled and my despair grew, knowing in my heart that Labour could not win or worse should not win because it had not written the music to the song that was going to galvanise people up and down the country. I had nowhere to turn to except LabourList who provided me with what should be a newspaper giving a balanced view of the Labour Party. As we are at this moment drowning in a sea of Murdoch’s triumph and ruling waves of greater austerity measures, we need a voice that goes beyond the party’s faithful. In the Media we can barely hold on to the brave Owen Jones, the cheeky John Harris (and others of course) and Polly Toynbee’s arguable wisdom (well most of the time), we need you Mark to balance the books of reason and help us through the next 5 years of Tory right and to ensure that Labour provides a radical alternative and a philosophical narrative that will wake up our country and bring about the change we wish to see in this world.

  • Sugarcube

    Good Luck Mark, hope you enjoy your next challenge. Enjoy

  • nottinghampaul

    Good luck Mark

  • mactheanti

    Flipping heck Mark, can’t you multi task ‘man’? Or just take a break and return after the leadership contest? I very seldom give praise and don’t necessarily agree with you on everything, but you have been a rock. I don’t understand why you have to leave, it’s a bit drastic! (Unless you have something else lined up for after the leadership contest?) Or maybe it is because we now see where your politics lay? Seriously I don’t care, if you’re to the right, so what, we’re a broad church!

    Good luck Mark, but wish you were sticking around to help us back to government in 2020 (if not sooner).

  • Jack

    Good luck Mark, you have written some well grounded articles, hope you stay around in some capacity.

  • massala

    LabourList and Mark’s editorial guidance have been invaluable to me going through a tough year where my support for Labour dwindled and my despair grew, knowing in my heart that Labour could not win or worse should not win because it had not written the music to the song that was going to galvanise people up and down the country. I had nowhere to turn to except LabourList who provided me with what should be a newspaper giving a balanced view of the Labour Party. As we are at this moment drowning in a sea of Murdoch’s triumph and ruling waves of greater austerity measures, we need a voice that goes beyond the party’s faithful. In the Media we can barely hold on to the brave Owen Jones, the cheeky John Harris (and others of course) and Polly Toynbee’s arguable wisdom (well most of the time), we need you Mark to balance the books of reason and help us through the next 5 years of Tory right and to ensure that Labour provides a radical alternative and a philosophical narrative that will wake up our country and bring about the change we wish to see in this world.

  • Derek Barker

    Sounds a bit like a Nixon goodbye? Now don’t be putting our shovel where it doesn’t work.Off you go! ta/thanks and goodbye!

  • Alexwilliamz

    Thanks for your efforts and good luck. We seem to go through editors as often as party leaders these days….

  • MrSauce

    A good innings; well done.

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