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The five must-read posts from this weekend, on the polls, Peter Watt and Stormont politics

1. Latest ICM poll shows little impact from Hoon-Hewitt

At UK Polling Report, Anthony Wells analyses the latest ICM/Sunday Telegraph poll results, which he says may have come too soon to give an accurate measure of fallout from the Hoon/Hewitt plot.

2. Ulster puritanism caught with its pants down

The recent difficulties faced by Iris Robinson and Gerry Adams have provided a puritanical scandal, says Michael White, blogging at the Guardian.

3. Tennant: I want the cleverest person in the room as PM, not someone who looks good in a suit

The Timelord is not your usual political commentator. Nonetheless, Alex Smith at Labour List tells us, the ex-Doctor Who star David Tennant has expressed his support for Gordon Brown. Will others from the arts follow suit?

4. How will the Tories use the Watt claims?

Mike Smithson at Political Betting speculates on how the media will respond to Peter Watt's revelations -- which diverted attention from fresh criticism of Brown by Geoff Hoon.

5. Revealed: the Lib-Con pact election poster

Stephen Tall posts an election poster from more than 50 years ago on Liberal Democrat Voice.

 

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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.