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


An unrest being fuelled not quelled

Richard Angell  |  24 June 2016

It all feels very personal. It is not that I cannot believe it or that I hate my fellow country-folk. But I do worry about what our country is becoming. Leaving the European Union is a body blow to Britain, as we are seeing in the markets. I respect the decision but think it was …

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Remembering Jo Cox

Richard Angell  |  17 June 2016

You don’t have to be close to a star to know it shines bright. Jo Cox was a star in Labour’s bleak sky. Her personality bubbled, her generosity was unending, she was a loving wife and brilliant mother. Her slight and five-foot-nothing figure contained a giant in the making. She spoke in the chamber with …

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Solidarity with Orlando

Richard Angell  |  13 June 2016

The LGBT community and its allies in Orlando, Florida were the victims of an appalling hate crime and terrorist attack in the early hours of Sunday morning. We stand with them and their partners, friends and families at this difficult time and know, in the end, that Love Wins. We wish the 50 plus injured victims a …

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Modernisation, values into policy and policy into action

Richard Angell  |  16 May 2016

Comrades. Welcome to Progress annual conference – the highlight of the political calendar. Bold speakers from broad backgrounds. This year’s promises nothing less. We are honoured to be joined by not just one, but two leaders of the Labour party – Kezia Dugdale and this afternoon Jeremy Corbyn. For those worrying, I have not become …

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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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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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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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