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Richard Angell

Director of Progress and Labour activist

Richard Angell is the director of Progress.
Marginalising Labour MPs Will Do Nothing To Put The Party Back In

Marginalising Labour MPs Will Do Nothing To Put The Party Back In Government

Attempts to clip their representatives' wings or reduce their role to parliamentary cannon fodder are not just laughable, they will also fatally undermine Labour attempts to win power and implement the policies that enthused so many. Momentum's relentless focus on changing party rules will do nothing to help Labour change the government.
15/09/2017 08:01 BST
Discrediting The Centre-Left Is No Way To Beat The

Discrediting The Centre-Left Is No Way To Beat The Right

'Centrist' has simply become a polite way of saying 'red Tory': it sounds more academic, but simply aims to discredit. It carries a suggestion that somehow we are the outsiders in our own party, we are the ones not part of the Labour mainstream, not in touch with the worker in the street, simple technocratic and ideology- free. It is nonsense.
15/08/2017 11:07 BST
Labour's Manifesto Cannot Be Treated As A New

Labour's Manifesto Cannot Be Treated As A New Bible

An election could come at any time. The next Labour manifesto must be battle-ready, it must not contain hostages to fortune - no one wants to win like François Hollande and destroy your party because the programme is so undeliverable - and be written for the voting public. The only thing we can be sure about in politics is the next Tory manifesto definitely will be.
12/07/2017 17:10 BST
Record: The Last Labour Government Is One We Can All Be Proud

Record: The Last Labour Government Is One We Can All Be Proud Of

"If we don't say the last Labour government was good, why would anyone vote for the next one?" That question was recently posed to Progress readers by Harriet Harman. The obvious answer is that no one will. Yet the prevailing mood within the Labour party today towards that period of power is one of measured indifference - or, at worst, open disdain.
11/04/2017 10:28 BST
Less Charlie Kennedy And More George

Less Charlie Kennedy And More George Galloway

Those of us in the Labour party who have been staunchly sceptical of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership from the beginning often stand accused of not taking him or his supporters seriously enough. At Progress, we are keen to rectify this perception, and apply rigorous intellectual scrutiny to the Corbyn project.
21/02/2017 12:57 GMT
You Cannot Win With The Corbyn

You Cannot Win With The Corbyn Coterie

Corbyn is trying his hardest to put together a top team without having to give shadow cabinet elections - which he used to support - or demote the divisive shadow chancellor, John McDonnell. Like Seumas Milne's Post-it note, Rees' comments toward Lewis and his colleagues are yet another avoidable gaffe.
03/10/2016 17:52 BST
Calling It

Calling It Wrong

Thornberry exhibits a deep shame at being Labour and falls into the trap of attacking the party rather than celebrating it. Her suggestion that 2004 was Labour's low point is insulting. Ignore that, just one year later, Labour won a majority of 60 that David Cameron or Theresa May would have given their right arm for.
31/08/2016 15:22 BST
The Safety of a Gay

The Safety of a Gay Bar

It was not that anyone could have been Omar Mateen's victim in the early hours of Sunday, it's that any LGBT person could have been his victim. Moments before the horror unfolded the patrons of Pulse assumed the homophobes were on the outside and love meant love on the inside.
13/06/2016 10:45 BST
Modernising

Modernising Markets

This is no mean task. It means wrestling with subject matter that should be bread and butter for Labour people, but which for 20 years we have allowed to fall into disuse. No Labour party is worth the name if it has not cultivated an understanding of how it wants to shape the economy the people it seeks to represent work in.
11/12/2015 09:37 GMT
Why It's Time to Put the Last Labour Government to

Why It's Time to Put the Last Labour Government to Bed

Being backward-looking is a curse in politics. We need to know our history, so that we do not repeat the wrong bits. But pining for a bygone era, or looking to recreate something that has been and gone, never works. Worse still it stops you being able to shape the future. As centre-left people who want a Labour government, this is our task.
29/10/2015 08:20 GMT
Modernising

Modernising Modernisers

What will come next is not easy, nor obvious. But one thing is for certain: it will require a radical shift in how we approach our politics. It is time for the 'Blairites' - for desperate want of a better word - to take some of their own advice...
25/09/2015 10:04 BST