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

Sadiq Khan

‘London’s shop steward’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  2 February 2016

The soon-to-be mayor of London Sadiq Khan talks to Richard Angell and Adam Harrison, and he is hungry for new powers We lost to everyone, everywhere’, says Sadiq Khan, quoting his friend and colleague Jon Cruddas, Labour’s former policy chief speaking on the party’s defeat last May. Scotland was a wipeout, few marginal seats were won, and the Tories …

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John McDonnell C4News

The week the mask slipped

Richard Angell  |  8 January 2016

It has been a rocky few months for the new leadership and for all us who worry this experiment in anti-West statism will fall flat with the voters on whom we rely to deliver for those we came into politics to serve. I for one wanted to return in the new year with the good …

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Angela Eagle

‘I want us to be a governing party’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  9 December 2015

‘No one wants to be called a “predator”’. Angela Eagle talks exclusively to Richard Angell and Adam Harrison The office of the shadow secretary of state for business is no easy place to find. Hidden doors lead to long corridors and spiral staircases as if we have stepped into the magical castle made famous by the Harry …

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David Cameron

Leaked letter opens the floodgates

Richard Angell  |  13 November 2015

David Cameron has made a pig’s ear of it again. A leaked letter that he is pressuring his local council to resist the worst implications of George Osborne’s cuts is either confirmation that Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity politics is catching on or that the prime minister has no idea what the implications of his own policies …

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Turnout tests

Richard Angell  |  4 November 2015

Is the notion that boosted turnout will turn Labour’s fortunes around simply outlandish? Richard Angell examines its chances We had a problem of mobilising people’, said leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn – with little chance of getting on the ballot, let alone winning – as he explained why Labour lost when Progress sat down with him …

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Bedtime

Bedtime

Richard Angell  |  29 October 2015

Time to put the last Labour government to bed Kitty Ussher, Jacqui Smith, Anne Begg, Stephen Twigg and Mike Gapes assess how Labour did The last Labour government was the Labour party’s greatest electoral success. It transformed our public realm and brought into being a Britain more relaxed with itself. It had a record of improvement and innovation in the public services that no other …

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Bedtime

Principled and proud

Richard Angell  |  29 October 2015

The achievements of the last Labour government – many chronicled here – are massive and make me proud to be in this great party. The national minimum wage will outlive that government the way the creation of the NHS, our national parks, the Open University, have outlived the Attlee and Wilson governments that created them. Some …

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Ballot box

Marshalling for the ‘missing million’

Richard Angell  |  19 October 2015

The priority of every Labour politician on television, radio and local media must be to make clear that the government has made a choice on tax credit cuts, that there is still time to change their minds, and that just a two year delay – elequently pointed out by Rachel Reeves yesterday – could limit the impact …

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Trident submarine

Keep asking till you get the ‘right answer’

Richard Angell  |  2 October 2015

We need to talk to about what happened with Trident this week at Labour party conference. Before we do, it is worth remembering the reccurring horror show that this debate has long been for Labour. The last time Labour was in the wilderness, its unilateral disarmament stance was cited regularly by voters as a reason …

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Militant’s modus operandi

Richard Angell  |  26 September 2015

Keep ‘cybernat’ politics at bay At 242 pages, Michael Crick’s book on Labour in the 1980s and how the far left dominated its politics, The March of Militant, is one of the shortest on this period of the party’s history. But I would argue it is one of the most important. Crick chronicles how this …

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