Our Commissioners

Manuel Cortes
General Secretary of the TSSA

Manuel is General Secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association, the UK's second-largest rail union. He has a long history of working within the trade union movement across the public and private sector. He has been General Secretary of the TSSA since 2011.

Karin Christiansen
Former General Secretary of the Co-operative Party

Karin was General Secretary of the Co-operative Party. She has worked extensively in the world of open data as founder of Publish What You Fund, she has been an Executive Director of Open Knowledge International.

Cllr Louise Gittins
Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council

Louise has been a councillor elected to Cheshire West and Chester Council since 2011. In May 2019, was elected as Leader of the Council. As leader she wants to continue to empower local people and communities to be at the heart of decision-making; building on the work and ethos of inclusive democratic models such as the Poverty Truth Commission.

Daniel Jackson
Director, The Campaign Company

Daniel works primarily with local government, helping councils better understand and engage with their communities. He has run focus groups and polling across the country, including in the general election.

Common Knowledge
A not-for-profit workers co-operative

They work directly with grassroots activists to design digital tools that make radical change possible. During the 2019 election campaign Common Knowledge built Vent Your Rent with Generation Rent and assisted Momentum with the development of their suite of activist organising tools like My Campaign Map

Shabana Mahmood
MP for Birmingham, Ladywood

Shabana is a member of Labour Together's Executive and represents the Parliamentary Labour Party on the National Executive Committee.

Martin McCluskey
2017 and 2019 Parliamentary Candidate and Former Political Director of Scottish Labour

Martin is a former Political Director of Scottish Labour and adviser to two Shadow Scottish Secretaries. He was Labour's candidate for Inverclyde in the 2017 and 2019 elections.

James Meadway
Former Adviser to John McDonnell

James is an economist and former adviser to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and is currently writing a book on an economy for the many.

Ed Miliband
MP for Doncaster North

Ed was leader of the Labour Party from 2010 until 2015. In April 2020 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Ellie Mae O'Hagan

Ellie Mae is an author and freelance journalist writing mainly for the Guardian and Independent. She has also worked for NEON, the Centre for Labour and Social Studies, on Labour's Green New Deal work and as a Unite Community Organiser.

Jo Platt
Former MP for Leigh

Jo was elected the first female Labour MP for Leigh in 2017 and lost the seat in 2019 to the conservatives - a seat held by Labour for almost 100 years.

Lucy Powell
MP for Manchester Central

Lucy is a member of Labour Together's MP group and was vice chair of Labour's 2015 general election campaign.

Marcus Roberts
Pollster and Campaigner

Marcus is Director of International Projects at YouGov. He has worked in campaigns for the Labour Party and the Democrat Party and has written on campaigning organisation and culture.

Sienna Rodgers

Sienna is the editor of LabourList. During the election campaign she toured the country speaking to candidates, activists and voters.

Mary Wimbury
Parliamentary Candidate for Wrexham, 2019

Mary stood as a candidate in the formerly Labour held seat of Wrexham in Wales in the 2019 General Elections. Though a marginal seat in recent years, Wrexham has had a Labour MP since 1935.

The review team:

  • Hannah O’Rourke, Acting Director of Labour Together, Commission Convenor
  • Martin McIvor, Review Author
  • Trevor MacFarlane, Review Senior Researcher
  • Jonathan England, Review Researcher 
  • Anthony McCaul, Review Press and Communications
  • Chris Clark, TSSA, Review Researcher