EU referendum

The jury’s out: can the campaigns persuade the ‘undecideds’?

Fabian summer conference
12.30pm, Saturday 21 May 2016
TUC Congress Centre – 28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS

  • Brendan Chilton (general secretary, Labour Leave)
  • Rachel Barker (Stronger IN)
  • Richard Angell (director, Progress)
  • Nic Conner (Vote Leave)
  • Chair: Felicity Slater (exec member, Fabian Women’s Network)

My article ahead of the event is published on the Fabian blog. The full agenda is published here.

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The jury’s out: Can the campaign swing undecideds?

First published on the Fabian blog

A referendum is in so many ways just like any other elections. There are polling booths, ballot papers. You win by getting more votes than your opponent. With only two candidates one side needs an outright majority, technically just one would do. The question in the voters mind when casting their ballot is not necessary about the direct choice in front of them. We know general elections are not about selfish interests but a broader national interest. Voter balance good leadership and ability to run the economy. Some parties aim to be ahead on both. This referendum must link the pounds in people’s pockets to a bigger vision about what is best for Britain and her national interest.

At the same time referendums can be totally different. There are no candidates, constituency agents and obvious leadership in given geographic areas. And herein lies the problem. (more…)

Queen’s Speech shows MPs make laws of the land, not Brussels

First published on the Times Redbox

The Brexit camp are trying to make the referendum on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union about control. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and co promise to bring back control over our laws that parliament apparently doesn’t have. The myth goes that 75 per cent of UK laws originate from the EU. Wrong. (more…)

EU Reform: What’s In It For Me?

‘Europe for us all’ Fabian conference: Brighton
1pm, Saturday 19 March 2016
Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1YD

2.45pm: EU Reform: What’s In It For Me?

  • Kelvin Hopkins MP Labour MP for Luton North
  • Tracey Hill Councillor, Brighton and Hove council
  • Richard Angell Director, Progress
  • Kyalo Burt-Fulcher Regions officer, Young Fabians
  • Chair: Melanie Davis Former chair, Brighton and Hove city Labour party

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How is the EU referendum affecting the main parties?

PLMR EU podcastWith the date reported to be set for 23rd June and campaigns on both sides well underway, the debate around the EU referendum is becoming more and more prominent. With this in mind, PLMR look at how the issue is affecting the three traditional main parties in the UK – Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

To find out, PLMR’s Rob Comba speaks to Henry Hill from Conservative Home, Richard Angell the Director of Labour group Progress, and David Thorpe or Liberal Reform.

What to expect in 2016

First published in Maitland Political Insight

In 2016 the real world and the political world will feel more distant from each other than ever. At the furthest point from the next general election both major parties will attend to party matters, ahead of the country’s big challenges. (more…)

‘Je ne regrette rien’

First published on Progressonline

We should not stop apologising to the voters who really wanted us to win, Mary Creagh tells Richard Angell and Adam Harrison

It is less than 48 hours since the deadline for nominations to be leader of the Labour party closed. Just a week ago Mary Creagh had hoped to have secured a place on the ballot by this point. But the shadow international development secretary pulled out of the contest last weekend, firing off a parting shot at the last leadership’s abysmal relationship with business as she went.

How is Creagh feeling now, in the wake of what must have been one of the most demanding episodes in her political life? ‘Je ne regrette rien’, she says, citing the ‘messages of support’ she has received despite stepping out of the race, and the stories party members and more communicated to her in response to her call to create ‘a Britain where everybody can get on’. (more…)