Neal is Chair of the good society pressure group Compass and was author of All Consuming (Penguin, 2009) and co-editor of The Progressive Century (Palgrave, 2001). He serves on the Advisory Board of We own it!, is a Contributing Editor of the social democracy journal Renewal which he helped found and is a Associate Member at the Bauman Institute at Leeds University. He writes regularly for the Guardian and the New Statesman. In the past he worked as a trade union researcher, an advisor to Gordon Brown and ran a communications company. He is a partner at the progressive communicators Jericho Chambers where he works on responsible tax and the future of work as human projects. Neal has been described by Zygmunt Bauman as “one of the most insightful and inventive minds on the British political stage” as “the most optimistic commentator in western Europe” and as the “Eyore of the left” by the Sunday Times. His recent publications include Downfall: on the future of Labour and New Times with Indra Adnan.