Blair Inc: littered with inaccuracies

Richard Angell  |  26 March 2015

‘Progress is easily the most effective of the organisations seeking to influence Labour’, write Francis Beckett, David Hencke and Nick Kochan in Blair Inc. While I think my colleagues and I do a excellent job – promoting debate, published an excellent magazine and hosting first-class events and campaigning for Labour – the starting claim rings a little …

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Lab3Seats on tour: liveblog

Progress  |  15 February 2015

Think the three peaks challenge but for Labour seats and a Labour victory in 2015. The 3 seats challenge is a series of fun campaign roadtrips inspired by Richard Angell (director of Progress), Alex Baker (NEC rep, Cooperative party), Bex Bailey (NEC youth rep) and James Asser (chair, Socialist Societies executive), and sponsored by Progress, to help #LabourDoorstep for three …

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Operation Flight liveblog

Operation Flight, as part of the Campaign for a Labour Majority, is a national campaign day in nine of the 106-target seats where the incumbent Conservative or Liberal Democrat member of parliament is stepping down. As the incumbent flies off, Progress flies in. Check out all the details and sign up to come along here – but …

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Making the PowerPledge a reality

Richard Angell  |  17 December 2014

Yesterday John Woodcock and Alison McGovern signed the Labour Women’s Network #PowerPledge on behalf of Progress. We are very proud to be among the first signatories and we will be framing it for the office, but it will not be sitting on a shelf gathering dust. This pledge, as Jacqui Smith wrote on our site …

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The party of the mainstream

Gurjinder Dhaliwal  |  10 December 2014

The only poll that will really matter, Chuka Umunna said rightly at last night’s In Conversation With event chaired by John Rentoul, is the way in which people vote on 7 May 2015. With less than six months to go until the general election, the shadow secretary of state for business laid out a convincing …

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One conversation at a time

Richard Angell  |  7 November 2014

While the media obsesses about the mood in Westminster, ordinary party members across the country are not going to get distracted from the main task in hand: grinding out a win on the doorstep. One conversation at a time. It is easy to get disheartened by turbulence at the top of the party. But Labour …

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Speech to Progress Rally 2014

John Woodcock MP  |  21 September 2014

Welcome to the Progress rally 2014. There’s no free food, there’s no free drink. But we all know this is THE place to be on the Sunday night of conference. First of all, let’s say a massive thank you to our director, Rob Philpot, who is moving on after giving Progress so much for so …

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Set childcare spending free

Will Horwitz  |  10 July 2014

In its editorial last week Progress argued that in the long-term spending on childcare will bring savings in the benefit budget and increased tax revenue but ‘in the short term that additional investment will need to be funded by money from elsewhere.’ IPPR, in its new proposals for universal childcare, finds that additional investment by …

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What is the Tories’ blueprint for winning?

Deborah Mattinson  |  2 June 2014

Of course, I have no idea what the Conservatives’ strategy for 2015 is – but after listening to swing voters in marginal seats up and down the country I have a few thoughts about what it should be if they want to win. BritainThinks’ work for Progress, Meet the Swing Voters – a stern reminder …

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Progress: Bigger and bolder in the years ahead

John Woodcock MP  |  8 May 2014

When I asked Progress’ new strategy board to elect me as the organisation’s chair this week, I made clear I thought we had to move on from our longstanding label as ‘the New Labour pressure group’. I have spoken about the need for change in the Independent newspaper today. New Labour’s instincts are alive and …

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