We have an unpopular view here at Progress. We think that the beliefs of the centre-left are as important and relevant now as they have ever been. On Brexit, Trump, Syria, automation, the gig economy and the housing crisis, progressive values have so much to offer.
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Alison McGovern and Richard Angell talk to Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms about the grassroots, internet-driven movements that are now shaping politics.
Richard Angell, Henna Shah and Joe Farnworth respond to listeners’ comments on this week’s podcast about antisemitism. Plus, we discuss the antisemitism debate in Parliament and the underappreciated accomplishments of James Chuter Ede.
Actor and spoken word artist Marlon Soloman discusses with Richard Angell and Stephanie Lloyd the nature of Labour’s antisemitism predicament, what the new establishment could do about it if they were minded and showing solidarity with Britain’s Jewish community.
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Conor Pope and Richard Angell respond to listener’s comments about Seni’s law, as well as the Good Friday agreement and meeting Mo Mowlam.
Steve Reed joins Conor Pope, Richard Angell and Henna Shah to discuss why he is pushing for a change in the law around the use of force in mental health services, as well as the upcoming local elections.
Conor Pope, Stephanie Lloyd and Sam Bright discuss fully automated luxury social democracy, universal basic income and going to Mars. Includes 2008’s best indie cultural references.
Innovation in automation and AI is opening up a world of possibilities for new ways of tackling inequality – especially in filling infrastructure gaps in developing countries. Hannah Miller explains to Conor Pope, Richard Angell and Sam Bright what potential is already being realised.
This week’s podcast looked at the power of political speeches. Monday’s rally against antisemitism in the Labour party saw a number of moving speeches from Labour MPs – Conor Pope, Richard Angell and Stephanie Lloyd discuss what they saw, and why a big speech from Jeremy Corbyn might be just what he needs to do.
Philip Collins joins Conor Pope and Richard Angell to discuss what made him interested in the craft of political speeches, how he became a speechwriter, and what makes Jeremy Corbyn a surprisingly good orator.
Conor Pope and Richard Angell discuss Alison McGovern and Wes Streeting’s debate on automation, and look back on Progress Political Weekend 2018.
Conor Pope, Alison McGovern and Wes Streeting debate whether automation should be championed or feared in this special live show from Progress Political Weekend 2018.
Also: discover the most obscene election slogan in history and test your political knowledge against the two parliamentarians.
Conor Pope and Richard Angell on how we talk about mental health, the effects of inequality – and Shakespeare – as they respond to listeners’ feedback.
Conor Pope is joined by Alison McGovern MP, Luciana Berger MP and mental health professional Joanne Harding to discuss whether we are getting better at talking about mental health, and what effect that is having on treatment. Do we need more integration or less? Just what is parity of esteem? Plus: what exactly is the point of the spring statement?
Conor Pope, Richard Angell and Katie Curtis discuss free movement, ID cards, what we can learn from Estonia, whether Pinochet led to Brexit and International Women’s Day 2018.
The only possible way to stay in the single market is to win over public support for freedom of movement. So what changes can be made within free movement to give us more control over our borders? And is reform to free movement a pipe dream?
Conor Pope, Alison McGovern and Richard Angell are joined by Pat McFadden to discuss whether it’s possible to win over voters.
Conor Pope and Sam Bright discuss how Facebook is more social media than social democracy, who to listen to on the Irish border question, and what kind of knitwear to buy to keep out the cold – as well as revealing the answer to this week’s pub quiz question.
Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Tony Blair in No 10, talks to Alison McGovern MP about Brexit and the Irish border. Powell played a unique role in the peace process, helping to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement and the return of power-sharing government to Northern Ireland. As Brexit developments begin to put those achievements in doubt, Powell offers his expert analysis to find a way through the looming crisis.
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Conor Pope, Alison McGovern, Rafael Behr and Sam Bright discuss how innovation in technology has changed the way political campaigns are run, what the ‘new basics’ are for an online campaign and whether it is realistic to try and hold big tech companies accountable for what they publish.
Conor Pope and Stephanie Lloyd look at the lack of development in education policy, reminisce about the 2010 student protests, respond to listeners’ comments and reveal some exclusive future plans…
June Sarpong joins Conor Pope, Richard Angell and Henna Shah to discuss why we need to improve diversity in society’s structures, what it means to be a pro-Europe campaigner as Brexit hits, and being woke.
Conor Pope and Richard Angell chat about Stella Creasy’s PFI campaign, just what Boris Johnson means by a ‘liberal’ Brexit, and reply to listeners’ comments.
There is a consensus that the old economic model does not work, but not an agreement about what should replace it. Stella Creasy MP talks to Conor Pope and Stephanie Lloyd about PFI, while the IPPR’s Tom Kibasi and and Labour in the City’s Allen Simpson discuss what economic justice and consensus might look like in this new era.
Should the suffragettes be pardoned? Is the centenary of some women getting the vote really worth celebrating? And what is the problem with that Telegraph front page? Stephanie Lloyd and Conor Pope respond to listeners’ comments.
Jess Phillips talks to Alison McGovern, Stephanie Lloyd and Conor Pope about how changes to the way women’s refuges are funded is putting their future at risk, whether the government is serious about keeping them open, and if there has been a shift in the way society thinks about abuse.
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Richard Angell and Conor Pope discuss the latest in local government, baby leave for MPs and dish out prizes to listeners.
With how to run a council hitting the news and the LGA Labour conference coming up, Southwark council leader Peter John and former Camden council leader Sarah Hayward talk to Richard Angell and Conor Pope about Haringey, the ‘Preston model’ and cuts to local services.
Alison McGovern talks to chair of the Brexit select committee Hilary Benn about Doc Marten boots, that Syria speech and, of course, Brexit, in a live recording of a Progress “in conversation”’ event from 22 January 2018. To find out more about Progress events, visit prog.rs/events
Richard Angell and Conor Pope discuss families in politics, and reveal the details about two special upcoming shows.
New Zealand’s Labour prime minister Jacinda Ardern has announced she will be having a baby in the summer. So how easy is it to juggle parenting with politics?
Labour MP Darren Jones recently brought his newborn daughter into the UK parliament for a three-line whip on Brexit – he speaks to to Alison McGovern, Richard Angell and Conor Pope about that, as well as the Boris bridge to France.
Can Labour sharpen up to make its Brexit stance clearer? Will Emmanuel Macron be the man to help the party do it? And what was the big deal with the Labour NEC this week? Richard Angell and Conor Pope respond to listeners on the back of the week’s events.
More people in the UK say they share the values of the Labour party than the Tories. What does that mean for the kind of platform Labour should stand on, what should it mean for our electoral expectations and, most importantly, what does that mean for the country? Plus: is Mrs Brown’s Boys tearing the nation apart? Conor Pope discusses all that with Alison McGovern, Richard Angell and Fabian Society deputy general secretary Olivia Bailey.
Richard Angell and Conor Pope discuss the latest crisis in the NHS, the shambolic Tory reshuffle and the single market – as well as responding to listeners’ comments and revealing which unpopular Conservative minister used to be a Labour party member…
Chuka Umunna joins Alison McGovern, Richard Angell and Conor Pope to discuss how 2018 will decide the outcome of Brexit, and what progressives at home can do to change it. The panel also debate whether Donald Trump will be impeached, the likelihood of an alien invasion, and old school soul.
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– Write a stinging Brexit rebuke on the Progress website. Send a 200-word pitch to Conor Pope: email@example.com
Andrew Adonis joins Stephanie Lloyd and Conor Pope to discuss the past few weeks in British politics, including his explosive resignation, the government’s ideological mishandling of the railways, Brexit, and Clement Attlee’s birthday.
A 2018 election? Theresa May still in No 10? Who will win Love Island? Richard Angell, Stephanie Lloyd, and Conor Pope consult the spirits of election campaigns yet to come for their predictions for the year ahead.
Who are the progressives of the year? Alison McGovern, Richard Angell, Stephanie Lloyd and Conor Pope discuss the progressives who got things done in 2017 – but can you beat them in the surprise end of year quiz?
Ayesha Hazarika joins Alison McGovern, Richard Angell and Conor Pope to pull crackers, drink prosecco, argue over the best Christmas songs of all time and discuss the political high points of 2017. May include Neil Kinnock impressions.
Dropping Beveridge not bombs – what did readers make of using policy documents as war propaganda? How can we regain trust in the north? And if Barry White was a centre-left Labour party member, it might sound a little something like this… Richard Angell and Conor Pope are back to respond to listeners’ comments.
The 75th anniversary of the publication of the Beveridge report, which laid the foundations for the welfare state, has just passed. On its first release, it was met with the kind of acclaim rarely given to policy documents, but how does it stand up to the challenges of 2018? Are the ‘five giants’ still relevant? Welfare expert Nicholas Timmins sits down with Alison McGovern, Richard Angell and Conor Pope to discuss.
The government’s Brexit defeat, a referendum in Northern Ireland, cuts to early years, and Estonia’s world leading sector – Richard Angell and Conor Pope look back over the week in politics.
Theresa May looked to have pulled it out of the bag when an initial Brexit deal was announced with the EU last week. But is all as it seems? Eloise Todd and Alison McGovern tell Progressive Britain listeners that not it is not as much of a step forward as some believe. Richard Angell talks to Manchester mayor Andy Burnham about his plans for a crowdsourced digital Manchester, while as a new Star Wars film comes out, Conor Pope asks: what links Nye Bevan to Return of the Jedi?
Peter Kellner’s essay has started a debate about productivity – are the statistics or the facts on the ground to blame? Richard Angell and Stephanie Lloyd take in your feedback and we learn who the last chancellor to drink alcohol at the despatch box was.
Is productivity really a problem for thew British economy – or is it simply the way we look at it that is the issue? Peter Kellner thinks so, and Richard Angell interviews him on his new essay for Progress magazine, while Alison McGovern, Stephanie Lloyd and Conor Pope discuss podcasts for popstars, feminists, football fans and wrestlers.
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Conor Pope and Richard Angell discuss how the real picture of George Osborne’s legacy as chancellor can only be seen further down the line, the infiltration of the Progressive Britain podcast into the UK’s university system, and Cypriot first division football.
Inequality is not just caused through how much people earn, but how much wealth they own besides. Tackling that is a cause close to Liz Kendall’s heart. She joins Alison McGovern, Richard Angell and Conor Pope on the Progressive Britain podcast to discuss what can be done about it.
Who gains? The Tories’ capital gains tax cut reveals their true colours, writes Liz Kendall MP
Co-invest in people’s futures Tackling the causes of poverty can help to address asset inequality, argues chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Julia Unwin
Equality in ownership Housebuilding and taxes must come centre stage, writes professor of public policy and director of the Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath Nick Pearce
Budget fallout! Richard Angell and Conor Pope look at Philip Hammond’s plans, and reveal the winner of the Progressive Britain reality TV contest.
Alison McGovern gives you everything you need to know ahead of this week’s budget, from growth to child poverty, to the spectre of Brexit, in this special extra episode of the Progressive Britain podcast.
Tired of listening? You can find out what Alison’s 10 things to watch in the budget are the old-fashioned way, by reading it here.
Will Philip Hammond’s budget set out a course for post-Brexit Britain? What is the golden rule for a good budget? And was it free owls that got the Japanese economy out of its 1990s rut? Alison McGovern, Richard Angell and Conor Pope are joined by Labour in the City’s Allen Simpson to talk economics and reality TV.
Why is Labour not further ahead in the polls – and why is it so high in the polls? Can the party change its tuition fees stance? Can robots beat Dejan Lovren? Who is the Barry White of the centre-left? Richard Angell and Conor Pope answer listeners’ questions, and warn of the impending Bolsover-Huddersfield war.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaks to Richard Angell about his plans to tackle rough sleeping, while Alison McGovern tells Conor Pope why we shouldn’t be worried about robots taking our jobs.
Can May go on? Where were you when Trump won? Who is the special guest on next week’s show? And what is the big Bolsover v Huddersfield debate that is raging among our listeners all about? Conor Pope is joined by Stephanie Lloyd to discuss the week and dish out some prizes.
Young people have dumbfounded election experts by coming out to vote and backing Labour in enormous numbers in this year’s general election. But are they really radicals? And does this new movement mean the voting age should be reduced? Joining Conor Pope and Richard Angell to discuss is Open Labour’s Jade Azim.
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- Jade Azim on the appearance of a ‘new working class’.
- Georgia Gould explains how Jeremy Corbyn ‘inspired a generation’.
- Anoosh Chakelian reveals the secret behind Labour’s 2017 manifesto.
- Jade Azim asks why millenials like what Labour’s selling.
- Deborah Mattinson’s Britain Thinks analysis of Londoners.
- YouGov’s breakdown of voting by age in 2017.
- James Cleverley’s Progress guest edit on votes at 16.
Can listening to this podcast help you with your degree? And what does Hollywood moviestar Chris Pratt make of the British centre-left? Richard Angell and Conor Pope go through listeners’ feedback, and choose the winner of this week’s political pub quiz question.
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Sexism has become front page news. Revelations of systemic abuse and harassment in all walks of life have put the subject in the spotlight. Politicians from all parties and all levels are expected to be implicated – but the issue, and what drives it, is nothing new. What can be done to help solve it? How pervasive is the problem, and how does it manifest itself?
Alison McGovern MP and Conor Pope are joined by Thangam Debbonaire MP and Rachael Saunders to discuss the way forward.
- Rachael Saunders on her experience of sexism in politics
- Megan Corton Scott in Progress magazine on why equality begins at home
- More info on the LabourToo campaign in Progress magazine
- Jess Asato in Progress magazine on the power imbalances in Labour
Good news for progressives from around the world, Tory absenteeism in Parliament and moving the Commons to Chester: it’s the Progressive Britain review show. Richard Angell and Conor Pope go through this week’s listeners’ feedback, and choose the winner of the tickets to James Graham’s play Labour of Love.
Alison McGovern, Richard Angell and Conor Pope are joined by Labour peer Roger Liddle to find out whether Article 50 can be revoked – and whether it should – as well at working out what to do with Westminster.
You can watch Roger’s viral anti-Brexit speech here.
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New Zealand, new centrist parties and yet more student politics: Richard Angell and Conor Pope go through this week’s listeners’ feedback, and choose the winner of Hillary Clinton’s memoir.
Alison McGovern MP, Richard Angell and Conor Pope are joined by Catherine McKinnell MP and David Finch to discuss whether Universal Credit can be salvaged, and how WhatsApp has changed politics.
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Covering Brexit, student politics and even Hugh Gaitskell, Richard Angell and Conor Pope go through listeners’ correspondence and reveal the winner of the ‘centrist dad‘ T-shirt.
Alison McGovern MP, Richard Angell and Conor Pope discuss the practicalities of retaining single market membership post-Brexit, and their own ‘Theresa May moments’.
- Heidi Alexander on parliamentary damange limitation
- Alison McGovern on the single market
- Hillary Armstrong on the parliamentary route to staying in the single market
- Catherine Barnard on ending the free for all and defending the freedom
Where does the centre-left belong in the modern world? Alison McGovern MP – soon to be joined by Richard Angell and Conor Pope – introduces the Progressive Britain Podcast.