Alastair Campbell is David Cameron

Who's playing who in TV leaders’ debate prep?

It reads like a biopic so appalling it would finally push the British film industry over the edge. But in fact it's a list of who is playing who as the party leaders enter their final days of rehearsals before the big TV debates kick off.

The ever-excellent Gary Gibbon has revealed the complete list. Show business for ugly people, indeed.

The Labour team

  • David Cameron played by Alastair Campbell
  • Nick Clegg played by Theo Brennan, a No 10 staffer
  • Alastair Stewart/Adam Boulton/David Dimbleby played by David Muir, Labour's top pollster

The Tory team

  • Gordon Brown played by Damian Green
  • Nick Clegg played by Jeremy Hunt
  • Alastair Stewart/Adam Boulton/David Dimbleby played by Michael Gove

The Lib Dem team

  • Gordon Brown played by Chris Huhne
  • David Cameron played by David Laws

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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.