Hi there

I'm Ben West, and for a living, I turn policy and politics into stories and that real people can care about.

I currently work at the Co-operative Party, where I'm responsible for communicating our work on everything from community energy to credit unions to our 10,000+ members, and an online community of nearly 100,000 supporters.

In the past I've held roles at a senior level in Labour politics, single issue/NGO campaigns and within a digital PR agency.

Recent articles

Both within and outside of my day job, I write fairly regularly. Here's a selection of some of the pieces I'm most proud of, which best represent my written style, approach to politics and view of the World.

I don’t recognise Owen Jones’ vision of Brexitland – but I know Labour needs a plan to tackle its southern discomfort

LabourList, 11 April 2017

The Government says it’s serious about giving back control. Here’s how they can prove it.

Co-op Party Blog, 7 March 2017

Postcards from Germany: an energy revolution, and how it happened

Co-op Party Blog, 15 February 2017

Why Gosport Votes Tory

Progress, 21 June 2016

The Winds are changing - productivity needs to be central to our message on the economy

Progress, 16 August 2016

It's time for Labour to become the Party of the Many

Self Published, 27 May 2015


Here's a brief summary of my employment and campaigning CV.

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About me

My day job is Digital & Communications Officer at Labour's sister Party, the Co-operative Party. In my role I oversee the Party's digital and media activity, promoting the work of our team of 25 Labour & Co-operative MPs, and our policies and campaigns on housing, energy and transport.

Following a pre-university Interrail trip to Syria and Ukraine in 2008, I studied History and Politics at Oxford University.

Following University, I worked on Ed Miliband’s campaign for the Labour leadership before spending two and a half years in digital PR for campaigns and charities including the disability charity Scope and on the Olympic legacy.

My political heros are FDR, Ernie Bevin, and George Orwell, I was born in Plymouth, spent time near a space centre in Mississippi, grew up in Fareham, Hampshire and occasionally dabble in the kitchen - I'm currently working to perfect my ribs, brisket and pulled pork recipes.

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