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The way LabourList commissions material has changed. Do not send us completed articles. Please send us a short description of your idea — or ‘pitch’ — for a post using the form below.

LabourList welcomes ideas for posts from across the Labour movement. Be sure to read the sections below before using the submission form at the bottom of the page. We receive dozens of pitches each week so unfortunately we’re not able to reply to everyone,  although we always endeavour to do so.

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