The Progress interview

Rachel-Reeves-Gardner

‘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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Neil Kinnock

‘Don’t leave’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  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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Hilary Benn_Syria vote

‘We have a moral responsibility to help’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  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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Pink-Bus-Cartoon

‘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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Will Straw

‘It became a referendum on immigration’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  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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Gisela Stuart MP

‘In the long run it’s the best decision’

Richard Angell and Adam Harrison  |  12 July 2016

The current hysteria will pass, Gisela Stuart assures Richard Angell and Adam Harrison One of only a handful of figures on the left to back a Brexit vote in last month’s referendum, Gisela Stuart can hardly be accused of being the type to mince her words. But, unlike many of her campaign counterparts, she seems reluctant …

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Marvin Rees

‘It’s enjoyable because it’s meaningful’

Richard Angell  |  8 July 2016

Being mayor is about bringing people together, Marvin Rees tells Richard Angell On an otherwise disappointing local election results night – net losses under a new leader being a first in British politics – there were a few bright spots for Labour this May. The party retained the mayor of Salford with a new and …

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AJ-nasty

‘That’s nasty, ugly politics’

Adam Harrison and Jerome Neil  |  7 June 2016

Alan Johnson is taking no prisoners in Labour’s campaign to remain in the European Union, find Adam Harrison and Jerome Neil As we enter his office overlooking Parliament Square, Alan Johnson is seated behind his desk, scribbling away. ‘I’m just writing to a cleaner, the owner of a café, a woman who started her own …

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Angela Smith, Lords

‘A majority for common sense’

Ben Dilks  |  12 May 2016

Having presided over a string of seemingly effortless wins against the government in recent months, the assumption might be forgiven that shadow leader of the House of Lords Angela Smith currently has one of the easier jobs in Labour politics. She is keen to reassure me otherwise as we take a seat in her grand …

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Nia Griffith

‘Beacon of red’

Ben Dilks  |  14 April 2016

Nia Griffith has Welsh Tories and Brexiters in her sights —Labour’s shadow secretary of state for Wales is a woman on a mission. Nia Griffith sees the result of next month’s Welsh assembly elections as crucial, not only to the people of Wales, but for the future of the Labour party nationally. ‘It is absolutely essential for …

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