Mass movement or personal fiefdom?

Richard Angell  |  10 November 2017

Momentum leaders may be taking its supporters for granted, argues Richard Angell Momentum is not just the new establishment of the Labour party – those in its leadership are really enjoying their new position as the people in charge. They can run the commanding heights of the Labour party from an app available on iTunes. They have …

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The new establishment’s new grassroots

The Insider  |  7 November 2017

Some of the faces of the new ‘democratic’ movement look suspiciously like the old ones – our insider provides another dispatch from inside the Westminster village The creation of three new places for Labour members on the party’s National Executive Committee was seen as a victory for the grassroots, in this new age of party democracy. …

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The Last Word: A transition position

Richard Angell  |  1 September 2017

Making Labour’s single market shift permanent, punishing parents and farewell to Kezia Dugdale – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word As an interim – before formally adopting the right policy to keep Britain in the single market indefinitely, Keir Starmer has committed Labour to membership of the single market and custom union for a …

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The Last Word: Offensive – and wrong

Richard Angell  |  7 April 2017

Ken Livingstone’s warped view of history, Diane Abbott on taxing private schools, and a sad farewell to Sarah Hayward – Progress director Richard Angell has this week’s Last Word I had two statements ready for the outcome of Ken Livingstone’s hearing regarding his Adolf Hitler ‘supported Zionism … before going mad’ outbursts of April 2016. …

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Unity or uniformity: the shadow cabinet decides

Richard Angell  |  10 October 2016

It seemed clear to me at Labour party conference that Jeremy Corbyn did not know how to lead. His shrill demands for followership are not a replacement for leadership. ‘Unity’ demands something to unite around – a programme, a political strategy and plan for getting Labour into government. But leadership is also about being both …

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Selfless and devoted

Ayesha Hazarika  |  25 September 2016

Labour party staff have no right of reply – Ayesha Hazarika After a bruising leadership election which saw the Labour party take lumps out of each other on Twitter, on television, in green rooms and at hustings all across the country, it is finally over. But the worst of it might not be. How the party moves forward is …

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‘I could see a threat coming’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  20 September 2016

Johanna Baxter recalls Labour’s post-2010 organisational missteps  Johanna Baxter stood for the National Executive Committee when the ballot coincided with the 2010 leadership election. Supporting Ed Balls, she toured the country in between helping his campaign, giving out her leaflets and using social media to promise to ‘put members first’. Initially disappointed, having lost out …

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‘Politics is sometimes a long game’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  20 September 2016

Labour is healthier when it is a broad church, says Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves sees her decade on the National Executive Committee come to an end at this Labour party conference. At 25, she was the youngest person to be elected to the constituency section – ‘no one has beaten that record since’, she tells …

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Asset-stripping Labour

Richard Angell  |  31 August 2016

Momentum is a party waiting to leave a party —The results of the National Executive Committee elections were disappointing. A clean sweep for the Momentum-backed slate will not be good for plurality, nor party democracy. But we should be proud of the six people Progress and Labour First supported. Ellie Reeves and Johanna Baxter doubled their votes and …

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Three hundreds and thousands

Richard Angell  |  15 July 2016

300 the film is a bloody portrayal of valiant warriors battling invading hordes, outsiders wishing only ill on the heartland, which in turn unites, inspired, against its common, outlandish enemy. 300 the number is a clear reminder of the difference a few votes can make here and there in the election to Labour’s National Executive Committee, which …

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