Articles by Richard Angell
Richard Angell is deputy director of Progress. He is elected to the Labour party's National Policy Forum representing the trade union, Community Union and is a member of the LGBT Labour executive commmittee

Jon Cruddas

‘We need a bold, imaginative offer’

Robert Philpot and Richard Angell  |  1 April 2014

A confident Jon Cruddas tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell it is ‘game time’ for Labour’s policy review Two years ago, in his first interview after Ed Miliband picked him to head Labour’s  policy review, Jon Cruddas described his appointment as ‘a gamble’. He would, he suggested, quit if he was not allowed to be …

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Time for NEC reform to strengthen members’ and councillors’ voices

Richard Angell  |  4 March 2014

The events of last weekend were historic and unifying. The changes will be meaningful and, let us hope, lasting. Giving 2.7 million trade unionists the chance to step closer to the party their forebears helped create is no small thing. And asking the nine million people who stayed loyal in 2010 when the party got …

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EU flag

Avoiding a winners-take-all union

Richard Angell  |  19 December 2013

This week we have seen the perfect storm for Tory backbenchers, aided and abetted by the rightwing press, as immigration and Europe have dominated the news, prompting more knee-jerk rhetoric from David Cameron. The prime minister and home secretary Theresa May have both flirted with caps that are no doubt illegal or other restrictions on the freedom …

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‘The 35 per cent strategy is a myth’

Robert Philpot and Richard Angell  |  27 November 2013

Labour is targeting Tory voters and should not be thinking about a coalition after 2015, Michael Dugher tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell A leading member of Ed Miliband’s general election team has ridiculed suggestions that Labour is pursuing a ‘35 per cent strategy’ aimed solely at attracting the support of disenchanted Liberal Democrats, and …

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Kevin Rudd. Australian Labor party.

Letter from … Sydney

Richard Angell  |  1 October 2013

Changing leader was enough to save key bits of furniture. The much-predicted domino effect in western Sydney never happened. But neither did the great seat pick-up in Queensland. Paradoxically, Kevin Rudd’s second stint as prime minister has secured the substantial achievements of Julia Gillard, both his successor and predecessor. The Liberals do not have a …

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Lee Sherriff

Recapturing Carlisle

Richard Angell  |  1 August 2013

Sound and fury rages again around the preponderance, or not, of Oxbridge-educated Labour party candidates. Much of the outrage bypasses a public only tangentially aware of this very Labour debate and its internal dance, but there remains a sense among the voters that more authentic, ‘real life’ parliamentarians are needed. And, if perception is truth, …

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Hearts and minds

An intellectual reawakening

Richard Angell  |  12 July 2013

Richard Angell reviews for Labor Voice ‘Hearts and Minds’ published today by Chris Bowen, the new Treasurer of Australia. The first observation from Chris Bowen’s book out today is how fast politics moves. Written only weeks ago as a backbencher who had recently left Cabinet and expected his next role to be in opposition, our …

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Kevin Rudd leadership

Inviting the public to the party

Richard Angell  |  10 July 2013

In the last 48 hours both the new Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, and Ed Miliband have announced significant reforms to their parties. Both are extending new rights to their members and in turn to the wider public. Both are opening up their parties and inviting the public in, recognising that it is in partnership …

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ALP, Australia, Labor

Letter from … Sydney

Richard Angell  |  4 July 2013

From afar all looks well for our Australian cousins. A Labor government has delivered sustainable growth and ensured this is the only country in the G20 not to suffer recession following the global financial crisis. Domestically, it is making majoritarian, nation-building investments in public life that sit firmly in the centre-ground of politics but are …

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Bex Bailey

Opening selections back up to working people

Richard Angell  |  18 April 2013

I was really pleased to see Paul Cotterill write a reply to my recent article, Selective Memory, on the increased time and financial costs recently added by the organisational subcommittee of the NEC to Labour’s selections process. In the piece I argue that Labour should establish two principles when developing its selection process. First, that …

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