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 at @RichardAngell

Tessa three seats challenge

‘This is how you do it’

Richard Angell  |  19 January 2015

Lab3seats founder Richard Angell talks exclusively to Tessa Jowell MP at the end of her first #TessaTriple As 2013 was coming to an end a group of friends and I were sitting discussing life and one mutual friend’s recent achievement. They had just completed the three peaks challenge, a slightly barmy activity where people climb the …

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The final announcement from your in-flight team

Richard Angell  |  10 January 2015

As everyone passes through customs at the end of Operation Flight I want to stop and thank everyone who made this possible. First, your cabin crew, the Progress staff and volunteers who have taken a lead in the nine seats Labour is targeting where the incumbent Conservative or Liberal Democrat member of parliament is standing …

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Hope play


Richard Angell  |  5 January 2015

Actor Paul Higgins moves seamlessly from foul-mouthed and over-confident Downing Street operator in the Thick Of It to his latest role as contorted local councillor in Jack Thorne’s latest play, Hope. Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Higgins is number two this time to cold Labour council leader Hilary (played by Stella Gonet) rather …

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Making the PowerPledge a reality

Richard Angell  |  17 December 2014

Yesterday John Woodcock and Alison McGovern signed the Labour Women’s Network #PowerPledge on behalf of Progress. We are very proud to be among the first signatories and we will be framing it for the office, but it will not be sitting on a shelf gathering dust. This pledge, as Jacqui Smith wrote on our site …

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Pat McFadden

‘A chance, not a  grievance’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  1 December 2014

We need to talk about globalisation, Pat McFadden tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Within weeks of the appointment of Pat McFadden as shadow minister for Europe, a succession of events and anniversaries would serve as stark reminders of the weight of history that bears down on the continent today: wrangles in the House of …

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Operation Flight

Richard Angell  |  27 November 2014

Richard Angell explains Progress’ new campaign to capitalise on the coalition MPs abandoning their seats It is clear that the Tories do not believe in David Cameron’s premiership. There has long been sniping, if not the threat of outright revolt. Many of his members of parliament, though, are voting with their feet. Two have taken their ball …

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Beating the Brexit cyber-bullies

Richard Angell  |  19 November 2014

Demos, in their recent work in association with Creative Commons looking at voter engagement across Europe, has some important recommendations for anyone worried about the health of our democracy. The report, debated under the hashtag #LikeShareVote, took a particular interest in social media and how it shapes and influences the debate. The report found that …

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If not Labour, then who?

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  12 November 2014

‘There’s a disjunction,’ Alan Milburn tells Adam Harrison and Richard Angell, ‘between the end we’re wishing for – the eradication of child poverty – and the means that we’re prepared to deploy’ It is in the rarefied environment of the library at 61 Whitehall, a grand, galleried room on the site of Henry VIII’s former …

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One conversation at a time

Richard Angell  |  7 November 2014

While the media obsesses about the mood in Westminster, ordinary party members across the country are not going to get distracted from the main task in hand: grinding out a win on the doorstep. One conversation at a time. It is easy to get disheartened by turbulence at the top of the party. But Labour …

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Scottish referendum

‘What could actually get worse?’

Richard Angell  |  27 October 2014

Richard Angell hears from those Labour in Scotland abandoned Labour’s lead role in the Better Together campaign represents a huge, yet untapped, opportunity for our party. People previously uninterested in politics, or whose primary attachment was to another party, turned out to campaign, wearing our stickers and T-shirts. One GP I met when canvassing was …

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