Articles by Richard Angell
Richard Angell is acting director of Progress and a member of the Labour party's National Policy Forum representing the trade union, Community Union. He tweets at @RichardAngell

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Beating the Brexit cyber-bullies

Richard Angell  |  19 November 2014

Demos, in their recent work in association with Creative Commons looking at voter engagement across Europe, has some important recommendations for anyone worried about the health of our democracy. The report, debated under the hashtag #LikeShareVote, took a particular interest in social media and how it shapes and influences the debate. The report found that …

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If not Labour, then who?

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  12 November 2014

‘There’s a disjunction,’ Alan Milburn tells Adam Harrison and Richard Angell, ‘between the end we’re wishing for – the eradication of child poverty – and the means that we’re prepared to deploy’ It is in the rarefied environment of the library at 61 Whitehall, a grand, galleried room on the site of Henry VIII’s former …

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One conversation at a time

Richard Angell  |  7 November 2014

While the media obsesses about the mood in Westminster, ordinary party members across the country are not going to get distracted from the main task in hand: grinding out a win on the doorstep. One conversation at a time. It is easy to get disheartened by turbulence at the top of the party. But Labour …

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‘What could actually get worse?’

Richard Angell  |  27 October 2014

Richard Angell hears from those Labour in Scotland abandoned Labour’s lead role in the Better Together campaign represents a huge, yet untapped, opportunity for our party. People previously uninterested in politics, or whose primary attachment was to another party, turned out to campaign, wearing our stickers and T-shirts. One GP I met when canvassing was …

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Politics is a team sport

Richard Angell  |  10 October 2014

This Saturday the three seat challenge team has ditched its plans and is heading down to Medway to help Naushabah Khan fight Mark Reckless, who ditched the Tories for the United Kingdom Independence party. We have always kept Lab3seats – think the three peaks, but a Labour doorstep version for three candidates – to the …

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Nice to feel wanted

Richard Angell  |  19 September 2014

English marginals need real attention —During the course of a campaign that ran at full speed for longer than can reasonably be expected, Better Together mobilised members of both the frontbench and the backbenches of Labour’s Westminster and Holyrood teams in the effort to save the union. Both the official ‘No’ campaign and the Labour …

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Finding one’s voice

Richard Angell and Ben Dilks  |  16 September 2014

The winner of The Voice on politics and pop ‘I’m still the same Jermain Jackman that you’ll see in McDonalds on a Friday afternoon getting my Big Mac meal,’ begins the winner of The Voice, before pausing to concede, ‘but it’s changed the life around me.’ The 18-year-old believes that winning the BBC’s singing competition …

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Missed opportunity

Richard Angell  |  14 July 2014

What the National Policy Forum might have been —This month Labour’s National Policy Forum will meet in Milton Keynes to hammer out the final stages of the party’s policy process, and, in theory, decide the policies that will go into the manifesto.
We could not be meeting in a more symbolic location – win here, and …

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Present at the creation

Robert Philpot and Richard Angell  |  7 July 2014

Twenty years after Tony Blair’s election as party leader, Peter Mandelson tells Robert Philpot and Richard Angell why winning the centre-ground is more important than ever Peter Mandelson’s autobiography bills him as the ‘third man’ of New Labour, an indispensable part of the modernising triumvirate which, with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, built the foundations of …

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This May Hurt a Bit

Richard Angell  |  20 May 2014

With a star-studded cast, This May Hurt a Bit at London’s St James’ Theatre is the perfect mix between a party political broadcast from Michael Foot’s Labour party and a Guardian reader’s dinner party. While the actors were second to none, their script was simplistic and lacked the depth that the debate on our NHS …

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