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

Neighbourhood watch

Richard Angell  |  17 September 2008

It is time for the Labour party to appoint a vice-chair to champion community involvement

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Votes at 16 would allow young people to defend their public services at the ballot box

Richard Angell  |  19 August 2008

The National Policy forum in its wisdom has voted to recommend to Labour party conference that reducing the voting age to 16 be in the next Labour manifesto. This has started a lively debate in the party and the country at large - one that we should all welcome and get on board with.

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The truth behind the Tories’ pro-gay rhetoric

Richard Angell  |  24 July 2008

The Tories have been falling over themselves to demonstrate their new 'pro-gay' credentials as a symbol that they are no longer the nasty party. But it is on their more recent record that they should be judged.

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Zimbabwe: hope lies with the young

Richard Angell  |  20 June 2008

As the foreign minister of Tanzania says of the situation in Zimbabwe, ‘there is little chance of the elections being free and fair'. The mind of progressives must be focused on the battle for peace, justice and democracy that our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe's trade unions have to wage.

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What’s moral any more?

Richard Angell  |  17 April 2008

The decision by the government to give three free votes on vital elements in the human fertilisation and embryology bill so that some senior members of the government don't feel the need to resign on ‘moral' grounds is both sad and problematic. It suggests that a religiously held belief is more important, or more substantial, than a non-religiously held belief. In the immediate context, and moving beyond the theoretical arguments, is demonstrates a disregard for those loyal members of the Parliamentary Labour Party who voted through the abolition of the 10p rate of tax against their better judgement. I do not want to go into detail on the 10p rate on tax, but we all know instinctively how this decision feels and we all know why. Helping the poor and disadvantaged is part of the lifeblood of the Labour movement. As a principle it is ingrained within the fabric of our party, and compelling arguments have been voiced on how this principle has been compromised by the abolition of the lower tax rate.

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Labour must do more to encourage community participation among its members

Richard Angell  |  26 March 2008

I have recently received the honour of being invited to join the governing body of a school based in the heart of Lambeth. I was pleasantly surprised at my first meeting that I was one of about four or five under 30 and wondered how representative this was on the sector more widely. The uniqueness of my situation will not amaze anyone. I have long been an advocate young people becoming governors, especially current students in secondary school. I am proud that the Labour-led Welsh assembly government has pioneered requiring every secondary school to have two pupils on their governing body. If only Westminster would follow suit.

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