Exclusive: Clegg to face Deputy PM’s Questions

House likely to gather on Thursdays for the event.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, will face direct questions in the House of Commons, Liberal Democrat sources and those close to the parliamentary authorities claim.

The new session of Deputy Prime Minister's Questions will be introduced because Clegg, though he holds a wide remit in the new coalition, does not speak in the Commons under the current arrangement. This will be demonstrated this afternoon in clashes between David Cameron and Harriet Harman during the Queen's Speech debate.

Some parliamentary authorities have been urged to reform PMQs, moving it to Thursdays to encourage MPs who tend to leave the Commons towards the end of the week. But sources say that a session of Deputy PM's Questions will have a similar effect.

Clegg himself is said to favour such a move. It is believed that although no official decision has been made by the Speaker, Thursday is being looked at as the day for DPMQs.

James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman.
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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.