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

The Last Word: Byelection battles

Richard Angell  |  17 February 2017

The final furlong in Copeland and Stoke, the McDonnell amendment and a cutting Brexit intervention by Tony Blair – Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Theresa May cannot even back her own policies in Copeland and Paul Nuttall has a problem with the truth in Stoke-on-Trent Central. Labour is set to win both next Thursday. …

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The Last Word: Power and pretenders

Richard Angell  |  10 February 2017

The Corbynite coalition’s gaping hole, an opportunity for Scottish Labour and an NHS crisis in Copeland – Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Principle and power are harder to reconcile for some over others. Jeremy Corbyn led his Labour troops through the lobby to trigger Article 50 – and Britain’s exit of the European Union – …

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‘Held to account, not ransom’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  7 February 2017

Angela Smith tells the government to ‘grow up’ A Labour In campaign placard peeks out from behind the fireplace. On the mantelpiece sits a photograph with a young Barack Obama. The room is dotted with reminders of painful recent defeats for progressives. And yet it is here, in the office of Angela Smith, Labour’s leader in the House of …

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The Last Word: Divisions over divisions

Richard Angell  |  3 February 2017

Article 50 has plunged Labour into the thick of the controversy of leaving the European Union this week. The very issue Labour could once use to divide the Tory party leaves Labour looking like they are all over the place. The vacuum in leadership allows a three line whip – aimed to indicate understanding of …

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‘The country is obviously divided’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  2 February 2017

Labour must accept – and understand – the referendum, Keir Starmer tells Richard Angell and Conor Pope While the vote to leave the European Union last June may have quickly claimed the career of a Conservative prime minister as its first political victim, it is beginning to feel as though there is an increasing risk that the entire Labour …

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The Last Word: The class pay gap

Richard Angell  |  27 January 2017

Alan Milburn leading the way on social mobility, Clive Lewis’ campaign team, May’s US speech and Holocaust Memorial Day  – Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Alan Milburn is doing the Labour party’s job for it … again. His work on social mobility continues to chart a path towards achieving Labour’s historic mission: breaking the link between …

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The Last Word: It’s ‘game on’

Richard Angell  |  20 January 2017

Byelection dates confirmed in Copeland and Stoke, Trump confirmed as president, and Theresa May’s ‘hard Brexit’ speech – Richard Angell looks at the events of the week The writ will be put down for both Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central on Monday for an byelection on 23 February 2017. My colleague Matthew Faulding has already been …

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The Last Word: The wrong Jeremy

Richard Angell  |  13 January 2017

The NHS crisis, progressive alliance ploys and Momentum purges – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Toby Perkins’ speech to the House of Commons this week on the death of his father was not only a brave personal intervention, but also an important contribution to the debate around the National Health Service. That the …

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The Last Word: May’s muddled thinking

Richard Angell  |  6 January 2017

Theresa May had a pretty bad start to the year with resignation of Sir Ivan Rogers as the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the European Union. It was unfortunate for her that his email to all staff was leaked to the media. His warning about ‘muddled thinking’ should be a theme that the Labour leader – …

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Stop the McDonnell amendment

Richard Angell  |  1 January 2017

My New Year’s resolution is to stop the hard-left lowering the threshold to stand for Labour leader from 15 to five per cent

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