Site to highlight women in politics

MP Margaret Moran is working with a group of female journalists to produce a site that would provide audio and visual content from a range of sources. The BBC and Parliament have said they will make content that had already been broadcast available for streaming through the site. Women's Parliamentary Radio, as the project is called, is now looking for funds to develop and launch the site which will highlight women's contribution to Parliament and encourage other women to become more politically engaged. However, I daresay a savvy teenager could whip up a mashup of a blog and some youtube videos in half an hour so I'm not sure how much funds they really need. Shouldn't the BBC support this kind of thing anyway?

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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