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

Liz Kendall

‘We can’t have any fudge in our politics’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  29 June 2015

It is time for Labour’s first woman prime minister, argues Liz Kendall Wearing a Hillary Clinton signature pantsuit, Liz Kendall strides into the room. We meet her ahead of a whistle stop she is taking to the marginal seats Labour was expecting to win last month and needs to win if it is to replace …

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Jeremy Corbyn

‘We naffed off quite a lot of people’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  29 June 2015

Labour must not concede political ground on austerity and immigration, says Jeremy Corbyn Whatever your politics, it is hard not to like Jeremy Corbyn. Fresh back from the GMB hustings in Dublin, we joke about his alleged Irish heritage. Corbyn recounts where the myth started: ‘It was one of those interesting evenings of contrast. I’d just …

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Yvette Cooper

‘White flashing constellations of the digital age’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  29 June 2015

Yvette Cooper claims the party must win back the businesswoman who said Labour ‘broke her heart’ David Cameron ‘has a woman problem,’ Yvette Cooper tells us, and she is determined to give him ‘an even bigger one’ by becoming the first female leader of the Labour party. Her ambition is to challenge him ‘personally’ to try …

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Andy Burnham

‘We’ve lacked emotional connection’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  29 June 2015

The question for Labour is who is best placed to win in 2020, says Andy Burnham As someone who held positions as a special adviser, a minister and a secretary of state in the last Labour government it might be tempting for Andy Burnham to distance himself from New Labour’s record – for example, by …

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Mary Creagh

‘Je ne regrette rien’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  17 June 2015

We should not stop apologising to the voters who really wanted us to win, Mary Creagh tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison It is less than 48 hours since the deadline for nominations to be leader of the Labour party closed. Just a week ago Mary Creagh had hoped to have secured a place on …

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Chuka Umunna

‘The best antidote to anti-politics is grown-up politics’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  5 June 2015

Labour needs to be at the heart of a broad campaign to stay in Europe, Chuka Umunna tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Thought by many to be one of the strongest contenders for the Labour leadership election, it was a surprise when Chuka Umunna withdrew from the contest. Now out of the glare of the …

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A better plan. A better future

Campaign for a Labour majority

Richard Angell  |  10 May 2015

When Labour loses power it does worse in the following general election. Think 1955, 1983. Even in 1974 when we returned to power after one term, we did so on a lower share of the vote than we lost with in 1970. Even when we create new political institutions, we follow suit: sadly this is …

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Labour roll of stickers

For the socially just world we all strive for

Richard Angell  |  5 May 2015

In this final period before the general elevtion we wish every Labour candidate and canvasser every luck and hope that the maximum number of votes and seats will be gained so Labour will be returned to government. If getting this Tory government out is not reward enough, in office we can get back to building the more equal, …

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Labour leaflets

The final sweep

Richard Angell  |  3 April 2015

Switchers from the Conservative party hold the key to victory next month In the final weeks before the general election, as the rapid pursuit for promises becomes more fraught, the election campaign metaphorically turns into the final dash in 1990s television programme Supermarket Sweep. In the Big Sweep round contestants would find themselves torn between collecting Dale …

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5 years of Progress

Five years of Progress

Richard Angell  |  30 March 2015

Looking back over a parliament of working for a Labour majority as Labour’s new mainstream 2010 ORGANISING TO WIN The first Progress pamphlet of the parliament examined seats that performed against the odds in the last general election. Organising to Win looked at what lay behind Labour holds in Bassetlaw, Birmingham Edgbaston, Dagenham and Rainham, …

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