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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.

Each week we invite a guest to thrash out a key issue of the day. We also like to give out free Progress merchandise (including our famous Progress mug).

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Past guests have included: Chuka Umunna MP, Andrew Adonis, Jess Phillips MP and Ayesha Hazarika.

EXTRA: Has anything changed?

Conor and Alison are joined by Phil Wilson MP to discuss the lack of a withdrawal agreement, Theresa May’s precarious leadership and why being a north east MP doesn’t mean being pro-Brexit. *Sign up for the...

EXTRA: Baby got backstop

Just when you think it couldn’t get any worse for Theresa May’s government, they are now not only incompetent at governing, but in contempt of parliament. This week on the extra show Progress deputy director...

EXTRA: Project fear and debates so near?

John McDonnell has said that a People’s Vote could be “inevitable” – what has brought about this new positioning? Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May have agreed to debates, but won’t agree what kind of debate – how will that...

EXTRA: The secret Tory economic plan

Conor Pope and Stephanie Lloyd discuss the latest from the Brexit saga, including Theresa May’s Commons statement, how her leadership limps on, and the ingenious play to save her deal by, er, tanking the economy...

Abdication of responsibility: Tory Brexit

A prime minister on the brink, a cabinet in revolt, a Brexit deal in tatters, and no clear plan to guide us out of this mess. Conor Pope, Alison McGovern and Stephanie Lloyd discuss how the Conservatives have made a...

EXTRA: Brexit Mayhem

Richard Angell is joined by Alison McGovern and former political secretary to Neil Kinnock, Neil Stewart to discuss May’s brexit deal and where we go from here.  Further reading: *This month’s Progress...

Extra show: Midterms and tax cuts

Conor Pope and Stephanie Lloyd discuss the overlooked good news from this week’s US elections, as well as what different responses to the budget tell us about Labour’s new approach.  Further reading: *Afzal Khan on the...

EXTRA: Budget 2018 review

Conor Pope and Alison McGovern look at what the budget really means, including universal credit, how austerity would end, and those controversial tax cuts.  Further reading: *Budget preview – Alison McGovern’s 10...

EXTRA: Pre-budget reports

Progress Chair Alison McGovern and political commentator Tris Brown talk through what could happen when Chancellor Philip Hammond gives the 2018 Budget on Monday, and whether the Tories can produce a progressive budget...

EXTRA: No deal to no talks

With Brexit talks being put off due to lack of progress, how many political solutions are there to the Brexit deadlock? Why was Angela Merkel so dumbfounded by Theresa May’s speech? And which politicians are the most...

54. Living below the line

Summer holiday hunger. The universal credit saga. Why do we see more people facing acute poverty and hunger, and what can we do to tackle it Alison McGovern and Stephanie Lloyd are joined by Garry Lemon director of...

EXTRA: Universally discredited (revisited)

The Conservatives have woken up to the problems around universal credit – but will they do anything about it? (No.) And a year on from when the #MeToo movement started, why does it seem as though the initial hope of a...

The Progressive Britain Podcast on Conservative party conference

EXTRA: May versus Boris

Conor Pope and Stephanie Lloyd on how Labour came out top in conference season, whether Theresa May’s speech means anything at all, and if austerity is actually over. Click here to listen to the podcast on iTunes...

52. Tories and Brexit: what happens now

What’s going on at the Conservative party conference? Will this Brexit mess ever end? These questions and others discussed by Chair of Progress, Alison McGovern, with Frank McKenna and Tris Brown. Click here to...

Extra: Episode 49 review

Extra: Episode 49 review Conor Pope and Richard Angell discuss the IPPR Prosperity and Justice report, the archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s intervention, and the upcoming Progress interview with Ed Miliband. If...

The Progressive Britain Podcast on Conservative party conference

Extra: Episode 48 review

Extra: Episode 48 review Conor Pope and Richard Angell discuss the way communication strategies played out in the NEC elections, and reflect on Michael Foot’s wit.  Further reading: Full...

Extra: Episode 47 Review

How important is the upcoming Trades Union Congress? Conor Pope and Richard Angell discuss how important the trade unions will be for Brexit, the single market and freedom of movement when they meet ahead of Labour...

Extra: Episode 46 review

The Progress team recommend their favourite books to read before the summer’s over. The recommended reads: Things Can Only Get Better by John O’Farrell Ugly by Constance Briscoe  The Death and Life of Charlie St Cloud...

46. The future of foreign aid

46. The future of foreign aid How have major recent scandals affected perception of international development, does Brexit suggest a turning of opinion against it, and is this an opportunity to change how aid works...

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