Will Unite follow Unison in backing Ed Miliband?

The smart money says yes.

With the UK's biggest public-sector union, Unison, coming out for Ed Miliband today, the speculation at Westminster is whether Unite will follow suit.

Some expected both to go for Ed Balls, but Balls supporters say they are not surprised and insiders here predict that, despite internal divisions, Unite will in the end back Ed Miliband next week. In an interview with the New Statesman early this year, the union's joint general secretary, Derek Simpson, anointed Miliband as Labour's next leader.

Meanwhile, the second preferences of Andy Burnham are coming into ever sharper focus as he is increasingly expected to come last.

See our exclusive interview package with all the candidates, out tomorrow.

James Macintyre is political correspondent for the New Statesman.
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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.



In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.