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Claim the Future was initiated by John McDonnell MP, with the support of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung London. The project aims to ask and answer some of the questions that the pandemic has raised about the economy and society we want to live in and what future there should be for our planet and to link new thinking with campaigning and action on the ground.

Our small team has drafted policy position papers on some of the most pressing economic issues facing our society, with contributions from experts in each field. Individual papers will be released during August and September for discussion and online meetings to launch and explore ideas and plan support for actions.

In October, the various proposals will come together as an alternative economic strategy for discussion and campaigning.

The Team

John McDonnell MP Madeleine Williams Max Harris Andrew Fisher Ali Milani





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Common Knowledge


Common KnowledgeMichael Oswell


Ilyanna Kerr


Blake House



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4pm, 25.03.21Event
Radicalising the British State (3) - Campaigning for a Progressive Federalism
Our third and final session bringing together politicians, academics and campaigners from Scotland, Wales & the Regions of England to discuss bringing real power to the people.
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4pm, 13.03.21Event
Claim Central Lancashire's Future
Set policy and campaign priorities for Central Lancashire post-Covid, with Matt Brown, Ian Hodson, Zarah Sultana and more.
6pm, 04.03.21Event
Joseph Stiglitz and Kate Pickett: what to make of the 2021 Budget?
Join John McDonnell and two prize-winning analysts to discuss the 2021 UK Budget.
4pm, 27.02.21Event
Claim Colne Valley's Future
How can we claim Colne Valley's future after the pandemic? Discuss the way forward with John McDonnell, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Ian Byrne & more.