ITV leaders’ debate: live web chat

Join us for a live web chat on the first ever TV leaders’ debate.

We're teaming up with our friends at Left Foot Forward, LabourList and Liberal Conspiracy tonight for a live web chat on the first ever party leaders' debate on TV.

From the team, we'll have Jon Bernstein, Mehdi Hasan, James Macintyre and myself offering live views and reaction.

So, will Nick Clegg really be the winner tonight? Will Cameron keep his cool? And can Gordon Brown revive Labour's election chances? Join us from 8pm to find out.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.