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

5 years of Progress

Five years of Progress

Richard Angell  |  30 March 2015

Looking back over a parliament of working for a Labour majority as Labour’s new mainstream 2010 ORGANISING TO WIN The first Progress pamphlet of the parliament examined seats that performed against the odds in the last general election. Organising to Win looked at what lay behind Labour holds in Bassetlaw, Birmingham Edgbaston, Dagenham and Rainham, …

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‘It’s restored my faith in politics’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  16 March 2015

Gordon Aikman wants nothing to be left unsaid Gordon Aikman has been busy of late. The former Labour party staffer-turned-director of research for the unionist referendum campaign Better Together has met Hillary Clinton, been in and out of No 10, received wide coverage in national newspapers and, most recently, his partner, Joe, proposed after a …

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‘The country will be run according to a different idea’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  6 March 2015

There will be no pie-in-the-sky promises under the next Labour government, Ed Miliband tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison Entering the leader of the opposition’s now-bare office, his team are quick to point out how the operation has decamped to Brewers Green, the campaign nerve centre. In what is one of Ed Miliband’s last meetings in …

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‘D’ is for disillusioned

Richard Angell  |  23 February 2015

Arriving in Kingswood on the outskirts of Bristol to be met by Labour’s candidate Jo McCarron, a clutch of local activists, croissants and hot coffee, was the sounding gun of a week-long tour. Our trusty battlebus, sadly not pink, toured 21 of Labour’s 106 target seats. Another team visited the south Wales marginals on Tuesday …

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Tales from the campaign trail: no no-go areas for Labour

Richard Angell  |  15 February 2015

The first two days of the Labour three seats challenge have centred around the M5. Ben Bradshaw represents Exeter, the start of the duel carriageway. Labour holds two of the Bristol members of parliament, but otherwise you have to get all the way to Birmingham to find your next Labour parliamentarian. Since 2010 there are …

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Strong words, softly spoken

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  12 February 2015

Grown-up trade unionism delivers for workers, argues John Hannett As leader of one of the few trade unions increasing its membership, John Hannett is a man worth listening to. Usdaw has added 110,000 members to its ranks over the last decade, bucking the trend for union membership. This is all the more impressive for a …

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Time to take the mantle as the party of the family

Richard Angell  |  10 February 2015

One of my earliest political memories is of John Major standing on his soapbox in the 1997 general election talking about ‘family values’. It pricked my interest: I was 13 and not only had my parents been divorced for some time, I was also coming to terms with being gay. I am not sure I …

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‘This is how you do it’

Richard Angell  |  19 January 2015

Lab3seats founder Richard Angell talks exclusively to Tessa Jowell MP at the end of her first #TessaTriple As 2013 was coming to an end a group of friends and I were sitting discussing life and one mutual friend’s recent achievement. They had just completed the three peaks challenge, a slightly barmy activity where people climb the …

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The final announcement from your in-flight team

Richard Angell  |  10 January 2015

As everyone passes through customs at the end of Operation Flight I want to stop and thank everyone who made this possible. First, your cabin crew, the Progress staff and volunteers who have taken a lead in the nine seats Labour is targeting where the incumbent Conservative or Liberal Democrat member of parliament is standing …

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Hope

Richard Angell  |  5 January 2015

Actor Paul Higgins moves seamlessly from foul-mouthed and over-confident Downing Street operator in the Thick Of It to his latest role as contorted local councillor in Jack Thorne’s latest play, Hope. Always the bridesmaid and never the bride, Higgins is number two this time to cold Labour council leader Hilary (played by Stella Gonet) rather …

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