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Hopi Sen

My name is Hopi Sen. Really. Escaping a lucrative career in advertising (which ended when I saw a lifetime of Daz adverts stretching before me and resigned in panic) I started work for the Labour party as the Northern region press officer in 2000. After the 2001 election I moved to Party HQ, before becoming the head of campaigns at the Parliamentary Labour Party. I had various stints on by-elections and General Elections- like working as a press officer to the Leader of the party during the 2005 campaign, a job that mostly involved feeding journalists chocolate and offending Quentin Letts. For six years I was one of those people who are occasionally glimpsed in the background of a photo-op, looking stressed in a cheap suit and in all likelihood sweating profusely. We’re a noble and maligned breed. Now I’ve escaped.

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  • Hopi Sen, Jo Glanville and Maajid Nawaz, ‘1984: Thoughtcrime’, Orwell Festival 2009
The triumph of the Tory Eurosceptics. Shannon Matthews, Family Breakdown and progressives. Fighting Back… That Cameron speech in Full The iconography of the angry rich man. Loving the whip. Cameron’s Neo-Hooverism 800 years or 42 days? Above all, try something. A progressive approach to Welfare reform?