Articles by Richard Angell
Richard Angell is director of Progress and a member of the Labour party's National Policy Forum representing the trade union, Community Union. He tweets @RichardAngell

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Coalition: The Inside Story of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Government

Richard Angell  |  20 April 2016

‘They’re all useless bastards’, was an agreed spoiled vote in David Laws’ Yeovil constituency in 2010. Fast forward five years and it was the public’s reaction to the Liberal Democrats after half a decade of power. Having read Laws’ first book, 22 days in May, I was looking forward to an equally stimulating read in …

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Paying the price

Richard Angell  |  18 April 2016

Never again should Labour play fast and loose with working people’s lives The Labour party is full of idealists; it is one of the things I like about it most. But its ability to wish the situation to be better than it is sometimes has no bounds. Ed Miliband’s Labour party had this in abundance. Central …

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Andy Burnham

‘Loyal is my brand’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  11 April 2016

Crime should rise back up the Labour party’s agenda, Andy Burnham tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Andy Burnham has just emerged from a meeting at a mosque in Newport, south Wales, when we catch up with him. He has been out on the stump in support of Labour’s police and crime commissioner candidates. But the …

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Angela Merkel and John Mann ICCA

Concrete action needed

Richard Angell  |  5 April 2016

Time for the hedging on antisemitism in Labour to end Following the 2012 presidential election in the United States, I attended an event on the result. Impressive speakers talked about their experiences of the campaigns and what would come next. Only one comment sticks in my mind. It was in response to a question about a ‘rape apologist’ Republican …

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Sadiq Khan London

Hope needs to beat hate in London

Richard Angell  |  4 March 2016

My first job after leaving student politics was to work for the All Party Parliamentary on combating Antisemitism. The inquiry commissioned by John Mann had a real impact and the then prime minister Tony Blair set up an inter-departmental committee to take forward its recommendations. Within months there was a new prime minister and Gordon …

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Ayesha Hazarika

Handing over the reins

Richard Angell  |  25 February 2016

Progress has tried to lead the field on the representation of women in the Labour party. We were the first grouping to ban ‘all-male panels’ – long before my time, under the leadership of Jessica Asato – and pushed for the party to limit them at Labour party conference. The Progress strategy board is gender-balanced. …

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Sadiq Khan

‘London’s shop steward’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  2 February 2016

The soon-to-be mayor of London Sadiq Khan talks to Richard Angell and Adam Harrison, and he is hungry for new powers We lost to everyone, everywhere’, says Sadiq Khan, quoting his friend and colleague Jon Cruddas, Labour’s former policy chief speaking on the party’s defeat last May. Scotland was a wipeout, few marginal seats were won, and the Tories …

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John McDonnell C4News

The week the mask slipped

Richard Angell  |  8 January 2016

It has been a rocky few months for the new leadership and for all us who worry this experiment in anti-West statism will fall flat with the voters on whom we rely to deliver for those we came into politics to serve. I for one wanted to return in the new year with the good …

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Angela Eagle

‘I want us to be a governing party’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  9 December 2015

‘No one wants to be called a “predator”’. Angela Eagle talks exclusively to Richard Angell and Adam Harrison The office of the shadow secretary of state for business is no easy place to find. Hidden doors lead to long corridors and spiral staircases as if we have stepped into the magical castle made famous by the Harry …

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David Cameron

Leaked letter opens the floodgates

Richard Angell  |  13 November 2015

David Cameron has made a pig’s ear of it again. A leaked letter that he is pressuring his local council to resist the worst implications of George Osborne’s cuts is either confirmation that Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity politics is catching on or that the prime minister has no idea what the implications of his own policies …

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