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

Neil Kinnock

‘Don’t leave’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  28 October 2016

Now more than ever, Labour needs its members to get stuck in, Neil Kinnock tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison In these dark and heart-breaking times within the Labour party, Neil Kinnock stands as a beacon of hope for many. As we join him in his Westminster office, a snug end-of-corridor room crammed with memorabilia of …

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Reason to be cheerful

Richard Angell  |  27 October 2016

Conference in Liverpool was a success for moderates —The honest truth is that I had not been looking forward to Labour party conference this year. 2015 had been the first year I had not enjoyed conference, not because of the leadership result, but because suddenly Brighton went from being friendly to alien. Those who were abusive online decided …

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Shami Chakrabarti

Actions speak louder than words

Richard Angell  |  17 October 2016

The home affairs select committee released a seminal report yesterday. It is the culmination of work that started on 12 April 2016. The incidents with Naz Shah, Ken Livingstone and Jacqui Walker all came to light or took place after the inquiry was announced. Unless the committee had some great insight that the former mayor of London …

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Nicola Sturgeon 2014

How IndyRef2 could become BrexitRef2

Richard Angell  |  14 October 2016

Nicola Sturgeon believes that preparing the legislation for a second referendum on Scottish independence might be a way of calling Theresa May’s bluff on Brexit and Scotland’s place in the single market. If she tries, the bluff-calling might just be on the other foot. In her Today programme interview this morning Sturgeon did her best …

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Red rose

Unity or uniformity: the shadow cabinet decides

Richard Angell  |  10 October 2016

It seemed clear to me at Labour party conference that Jeremy Corbyn did not know how to lead. His shrill demands for followership are not a replacement for leadership. ‘Unity’ demands something to unite around – a programme, a political strategy and plan for getting Labour into government. But leadership is also about being both …

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Liverpool Albert Dock

The director’s diary

Richard Angell  |  30 September 2016

Progress director Richard Angell shares his analysis of the latest developments at Labour party conference 2016 Friday 30 September Not what I expected Well, that was not the Labour party conference I was expecting. Maggie Cosin won a resounding victory in the election to the National Constitutional Committee – which will gain significantly more powers …

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Hilary Benn_Syria vote

‘We have a moral responsibility to help’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  23 September 2016

Standing aloof is not an option in today’s world, Hilary Benn tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison   Within 24 hours of our meeting him in his parliamentary office, Hilary Benn hits the headlines twice. What lay behind both stories was his long-standing internationalism and enduring foreign policy interest. It was no overstatement on Benn’s part, then, for …

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‘I could see a threat coming’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  20 September 2016

Johanna Baxter recalls Labour’s post-2010 organisational missteps  Johanna Baxter stood for the National Executive Committee when the ballot coincided with the 2010 leadership election. Supporting Ed Balls, she toured the country in between helping his campaign, giving out her leaflets and using social media to promise to ‘put members first’. Initially disappointed, having lost out …

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‘Politics is sometimes a long game’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  20 September 2016

Labour is healthier when it is a broad church, says Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves sees her decade on the National Executive Committee come to an end at this Labour party conference. At 25, she was the youngest person to be elected to the constituency section – ‘no one has beaten that record since’, she tells …

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People. Crowd. Bridge. London.

No compromise with reality? 

Richard Angell  |  19 September 2016

No one has levelled with the public about what drives migration to this country ‘No compromise with the electorate’ was Ted Knight’s infamous opinion when he and his hard-left friends ran Lambeth council into the ground in the 1980s. After the 2015 general election, a senior Labour member of parliament who has long been associated with …

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