Left Out

Left Out

The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn



A blistering narrative exposé of infighting, skulduggery and chaos in Corbyn's Labour party, now revised and updated.

* A Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Times and i Newspaper Book of the Year *

Left Out tells, for the first time, the astonishing full story of Labour's recent transformation and historic defeat.

Drawing on unrivalled access, this blistering exposé moves from the peak of Jeremy Corbyn's popularity and the shock hung parliament of 2017 to Labour's humbling in 2019 and the election of Keir Starmer. It reveals a party at war with itself, and puts the reader in the room as tensions boil over, sworn enemies forge unlikely alliances and lifelong friendships are tested to breaking point.

This is the ultimate account of the greatest experiment seen in British politics for a generation.

'Gripping... Every bit as good as people say' Guardian

'Reads like a thriller...told with panache and pace' Financial Times

'The definitive post-mortem of the Corbyn project' Sunday Times


  • A stunningly good book with jaw-dropping revelations on every page, Left Out is the ultimate inside story of how Jeremy Corbyn went from the brink of victory to one of the worst defeats in British political history. It is both a breath-taking work of political journalism and a gripping first draft of history that is unlikely ever to be bettered. Unquestionably the political book of the year
    TIM SHIPMAN, author of All Out War

About the authors

Gabriel Pogrund

Gabriel Pogrund is Whitehall Editor at the Sunday Times, where he covers politics and investigations. He won Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards (2023), Scoop of the Year at the London Press Club Awards (2022), Anti-Corruption Journalist of the Year (2021) and has been shortlisted for the Paul Foot Award (2022 and 2023). He was 2018 Laurence Stern Fellow at the Washington Post and 2017 Young Journalist of the Year.
Learn More

Patrick Maguire

Patrick Maguire is a political columnist for The Times and senior political correspondent for Times Radio. He is a regular commentator on Labour politics for TV and radio and won the 2016 Anthony Howard Award for Young Journalists.
Learn More

Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter

For the latest books, recommendations, author interviews and more