The Progress interview

‘Reminding people that we’re not in government’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  22 September 2017

The shadow local government secretary Andrew Gwynne takes Richard Angell and Conor Pope behind the scenes of the surprise election ‘I’m infamous now’, Andrew Gwynne declares. He was ‘walking along the Embankment’ to parliament recently when he noticed two people shiftily looking over their shoulder at him. ‘They turned around and said, “You’re that guy that took …

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‘Where the majority of politics happens’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  6 September 2017

James Graham tells Richard Angell and Conor Pope why his new play Labour of Love is set in a ‘grotty’ constituency Labour party office Even in the final weeks of summer, an election poster still remains up in a window a few doors down from the London rehearsal room where Labour of Love, the new …

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‘Yes we did, yes we can’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  6 March 2017

Women are doing it for each other. Harriet Harman and Jess Phillips tell Richard Angell and Conor Pope about bringing through a next generation of women   You are Deliciously Ella and I am like Delia’, Harriet Harman says to Jess Phillips as they sit down in the former deputy Labour leader’s parliamentary office. She is right …

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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 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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‘Never more relevant’

Conor Pope and Richard Angell  |  1 December 2016

Rachel Reeves tells Richard Angell and Conor Pope the subject of her book, Alice Bacon, would have a clear message for today’s moderates The Labour party is full of people whose stories never get heard. Who put in the hours, sit in the rooms where decisions are made and make sure that change happens. They make …

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‘Don’t leave’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  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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‘We have a moral responsibility to help’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  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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‘It’s moved from comedy to tragedy’

Richard Angell  |  30 August 2016

The Labour party still has a long road to walk on women’s equality, Ayesha Hazarika tells Richard Angell Having rushed across town, comic-turned-political-adviser (turned comic again) Ayesha Hazarika arrives at King’s Cross station to find her train to Edinburgh, where her first major show since leaving politics is on at the comedy fringe, has been …

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‘It became a referendum on immigration’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  12 July 2016

The prime minister should have had a ‘Dover speech’ moment, reflects Will Straw to Richard Angell and Adam Harrison With the consequences of Britain’s shock Brexit vote still unfolding, any reluctance from the bruised leadership of the Britain Stronger In campaign to confront the causes of last month’s devastating defeat would be understandable. But as we meet …

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