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: Solidarity with Barcelona

Richard Angell  |  18 August 2017

The Barcelona attack, Republican shame, smearing centrists, and the Campaign Against Living Miserably – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Today we woke up to yet more carnage from Daesh-inspired terrorism in the Catalan area of Spain. Our thoughts and solidarity goes out to the Catalan people, those from many nationalities who are …

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The Last Word: Power in a union

Richard Angell  |  28 July 2017

Unison’s huge victory, the BBC pay gap, a brave councillor and a big thank you – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Unison did the whole Labour movement proud when they got the government’s pernicious tribunal fees ruled as unlawful this week. The government has to return £34m to those who have …

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Labour must fight for single market membership

Richard Angell  |  26 July 2017

Staying in the single market – and averting the Tory plan to turn Britain into a Singapore-style economy – must be at the heart of Labour’s brexit strategy, writes Progress director Richard Angell ‘We’ll fight to secure single market membership’ are the bold words on the Labour party webpage about the Tories’ failed Brexit plan ahead …

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The Last Word: A year of failure

Richard Angell  |  14 July 2017

There are five modest changes that would improve the manifesto, writes Richard Angell in his Last Word The prime minister has been in post for one year and one day. Theresa May’s style is a strange mix of shyness and arrogance. Her ‘stiff upper lip’ looks cold and heartless but her actions wreak of a …

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No new bible

Richard Angell  |  12 July 2017

Labour’s 2017 manifesto best bits will feature in Labour’s next winning manifesto, but suggesting changes cannot be seen as heretical, writes Richard Angell Never before have the manifestos of both major parties been – both simultaneously and so obviously – written for audiences other than the public. The Conservative party’s programme was written for the House …

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The Last Word: IDS out

Richard Angell  |  7 July 2017

Turning Chingford and Woodford Green red, Pride in London and the tragic cost of a Tory government – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word Something is happening in north-east London. The area is going Labour. Wes Streeting won the 5,000-Tory majority seat of Ilford North in 2015 with the slimmest majorities. In …

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The Last Word: Correcting a historic injustice

Richard Angell  |  30 June 2017

A big win for Stella Creasy, fighting for single market membership, cracks in Labour’s newfound unity, and a thank you – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word I am proud to know Stella Creasy on most days, but yesterday she showed politics and our movement at its best. She spoke with power …

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The task ahead

Richard Angell  |  24 June 2017

Full text of the speech Progress director Richard Angell gave to open Progress annual conference 2017. You can watch the conference live on Facebook. Welcome to Progress annual conference 2017. It is promises yet again to be the place of ‘straight talking honest politics’ with speakers from across the Labour movement.  We meet in the …

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The next step for Progress

Richard Angell  |  23 June 2017

We are adopting a new funding model for Progress – and we need your help, writes Richard Angell After 21 years of generous support, I know you will want to join me as we thank Lord Sainsbury for his generous and ongoing support for Progress and our centre-left politics, as he prepares to step back …

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The Last Word: More in common

Richard Angell  |  16 June 2017

Remembering Jo Cox, Labour’s post-election unity, the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, and #TipLondon – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word The anniversary of Jo Cox’s brutal murder brings mixed emotions. For all of us that knew Jo there is the obvious loss and sense of pain. Each of us who did …

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