Neal Lawson is a writer, political commentator and activist in the United Kingdom.
He writes regularly for The Guardian and New Statesman about equality, democracy and the future of the left.
He is chair of the pressure group Compass whose goal is a more equal and democratic world, as well as a trustee of the liberal think-tank CentreForum.
He is also the managing editor of the quarterly progressive policy journal Renewal. Renewal was previously the journal of the Labour Coordinating Committee, which was wound up in 1998 and briefly replaced by the Labour Renewal Network.
He was formerly an adviser to Gordon Brown and a researcher for the Transport and General Workers' Union.
He is author of the pamphlet Dare More Democracy, which was based on interviews with swing voters in London and Birmingham. He co-edited The Progressive Century (Palgrave, 2001) and, more recently, is the author of All-Consuming (Penguin 2009).Watch video of Plenary session