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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‘We have a moral responsibility to help’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  23 September 2016

Standing aloof is not an option in today’s world, Hilary Benn tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison   Within 24 hours of our meeting him in his parliamentary office, Hilary Benn hits the headlines twice. What lay behind both stories was his long-standing internationalism and enduring foreign policy interest. It was no overstatement on Benn’s part, then, for …

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‘I could see a threat coming’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  20 September 2016

Johanna Baxter recalls Labour’s post-2010 organisational missteps  Johanna Baxter stood for the National Executive Committee when the ballot coincided with the 2010 leadership election. Supporting Ed Balls, she toured the country in between helping his campaign, giving out her leaflets and using social media to promise to ‘put members first’. Initially disappointed, having lost out …

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‘Politics is sometimes a long game’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  20 September 2016

Labour is healthier when it is a broad church, says Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves sees her decade on the National Executive Committee come to an end at this Labour party conference. At 25, she was the youngest person to be elected to the constituency section – ‘no one has beaten that record since’, she tells …

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No compromise with reality? 

Richard Angell  |  19 September 2016

No one has levelled with the public about what drives migration to this country ‘No compromise with the electorate’ was Ted Knight’s infamous opinion when he and his hard-left friends ran Lambeth council into the ground in the 1980s. After the 2015 general election, a senior Labour member of parliament who has long been associated with …

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Asset-stripping Labour

Richard Angell  |  31 August 2016

Momentum is a party waiting to leave a party —The results of the National Executive Committee elections were disappointing. A clean sweep for the Momentum-backed slate will not be good for plurality, nor party democracy. But we should be proud of the six people Progress and Labour First supported. Ellie Reeves and Johanna Baxter doubled their votes and …

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Chaos under Corbyn

Richard Angell  |  31 August 2016

A year in decline under hard-left control September 12 – Jeremy Corbyn wins 59 per cent of the vote in the ballot to become Labour’s new leader. Having secured 251,417 votes he becomes Ed Miliband’s even more leftwing successor. In a rambling speech with no notes, structure or real message, he introduces himself to the country in the worst possible light. 13 – …

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‘It’s moved from comedy to tragedy’

Richard Angell  |  30 August 2016

The Labour party still has a long road to walk on women’s equality, Ayesha Hazarika tells Richard Angell Having rushed across town, comic-turned-political-adviser (turned comic again) Ayesha Hazarika arrives at King’s Cross station to find her train to Edinburgh, where her first major show since leaving politics is on at the comedy fringe, has been …

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Rehashed, reheated and wrong

Richard Angell  |  15 August 2016

Three ways Jeremy Corbyn’s National Education Service fails on its own terms and lets the Tories off the hook Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn launched his National Education Service policy. Three things spring to mind. First, this is not even a rehash of the policy of the same name launched last July with LabourList – it is the same …

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The week the mods got organised

Richard Angell  |  22 July 2016

They said it couldn’t be done, that moderate Labour supporters could never be persuaded to pay £25 for a vote in the leadership election. But this week, from a standing start, Saving Labour – and all those who fell in behind – galvanised the moderate wing of the Labour party and recruited a historic number …

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Three hundreds and thousands

Richard Angell  |  15 July 2016

300 the film is a bloody portrayal of valiant warriors battling invading hordes, outsiders wishing only ill on the heartland, which in turn unites, inspired, against its common, outlandish enemy. 300 the number is a clear reminder of the difference a few votes can make here and there in the election to Labour’s National Executive Committee, which …

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