2017

2017: the year in review

Progress and Richard Angell  |  31 December 2017

Welcome to the review of our year on Progress I am looking forward to this year coming to an end in a very different way than I awaited the turn of the year 12 months ago. 2016 was a year when progressives took blow after blow. 2017, however, was exhausting – but not the clean …

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A year in review

Richard Angell  |  29 December 2017

Richard Angell on all the ups and downs from the last 12 months Copeland byelection The Progress team started the new year as we meant to carry on: knocking doors. The byelection in the Labour stronghold of Copeland had been called after member of parliament Jamie Reed had taken up a job in the nuclear industry – seeing …

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The Last Word: The moderate majority

Robert Philpot  |  20 December 2017

2018 needs to be the year that those opposed to the degradation of political discourse assert themselves once more, argues Robert Philpot As 2016 drew to a close, the sinister forces of populism seemed to be sweeping all before them. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, followed less than six months later by Donald Trump’s …

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10 podcasts progressives should not miss

Richard Angell  |  20 December 2017

Richard Angell picks his favourite podcast episodes from 2017 Following Labour party conference 2017 Progress launched its own podcast, Progressive Britain. It is the brainchild of Alison McGovern – our amazing chair – and hosted by my colleague Conor Pope. It is partly based on the model of my favourite podcast – Homo Sapiens by …

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Leonard’s three big challenges

Blair McDougall  |  19 December 2017

Scottish Labour should be unambiguously pro-union and anti-hard Brexit, argues Blair McDougall

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Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time

Richard Angell  |  18 December 2017

David Miliband presents a compelling explanation of the issue that dominates his work, writes Richard Angell In his new book, David Miliband guides the reader between three experiences that shape his views of refugees and displaced people – his parents, the ‘first refugees’ he ever met both fleeing the holocaust; his time in government, as …

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Wanton destruction

Ben Bradshaw MP  |  18 December 2017

Brexit’s impact on the NHS is already proving devastating, writes Ben Bradshaw My most memorable doorstep encounter during the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union was in the last week, with an elderly Exeter couple, solidly Labour, with an immaculate voting record and who had already voted by post. ‘Hello, Ben, yes don’t worry dear,’ they …

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The Last Word: The Alabama surprise

Robert Philpot  |  15 December 2017

Steve Bannon lost the Republicans a safe seat, writes The Last Word columnist Robert Philpot

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Preparing for power

Reg Race  |  15 December 2017

What do Ramsay MacDonald, Harold Wilson, Tony Blair and Jeremy Corbyn have in common? Surprisingly, quite a lot.

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Time for Labour to clear up its Brexit plan

Sam Alvis  |  14 December 2017

The Tories’ fragility and divisions have given Labour the opportunity to take a real lead on the most pressing issue in the country, writes Sam Alvis Theresa May’s position looks remarkably stable compared to just a few weeks ago, when she appeared indecisive over the future of three of her under-fire cabinet ministers, and well-known …

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