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Progress is a political organisation linked to the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, founded in 1996. It is broadly viewed as supportive of the leadership of the party, being pro-former leader Tony Blair. Progress publishes a monthly magazine of the same name and occasional pamphlets, and organises conferences and other events.



Progress states its aims as follows:

"Progress is an organisation of Labour party members which aims to promote a radical and progressive politics for the 21st century.

We seek to discuss, develop and advance the means to create a more free, equal and democratic Britain, which plays an active role in Europe and the wider world.

Diverse and inclusive, we work to improve the level and quality of debate both within the Labour party, and between the party and the wider progressive community."


Progress was founded by Derek Draper, the former aide to Peter Mandelson as an organisation to maintain the dialogue between Labour's new leadership under Tony Blair. It has organised many events and conferences, and hosted several important speeches by senior party figures. Its annual conference has become a staple of the political calendar with many cabinet ministers and other leading politicians attending.

Lord David Sainsbury has provided substantial funding for Progress, donating £250,000 in 2008.[1]

Chairs and board members

Progress is chaired by former MP and Minister Stephen Twigg. Its vice chairs are the Health Secretary Andy Burnham; Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband; former Minister Meg Munn; Children, Schools and Families junior Minister Baroness Morgan; and actor Tony Robinson.

Progress’ honorary president is Alan Milburn, the former Secretary of State for Health and MP for Darlington.


There have been five directors of Progress since its inception.

  • Derek Draper (former aide to Peter Mandelson)
  • Darren Murphy (former Special Adviser)
  • Patrick Diamond (former Special Adviser)
  • Robert Philpot
  • Jessica Asato - Acting Director

See also

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