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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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The NS Podcast #222: Queen's Speech Special

The New Statesman podcast.

Helen and Stephen discuss what was left out, watered down and generally squished around in the Queen's Speech - from prison reform to fox hunting - and what kind of stage it sets for the coming parliamentary term. Will Labour's stance on immigration have to change? And what Brexit deal could secure a parliamentary majority? Clue: it's a royal mess.

Quotes of the episode:

Helen on domestic violence: "The big lesson of the last couple of weeks is that the involvement of domestic violence in Terror has finally made (slightly more men) take it slightly more seriously. As actually now it becomes part of an anti-radicalisation process."

Stephen on Conservative strategy: "If you look at the back end of the Conservative government in the 90s: when your parliamentary situation is rocky, the best way of dealing with that is just for parliamentary not to sit all that much. Don't bring the pain."

Helen on Brexit: "There is an interesting complacency about the dominance and attractiveness of the British economy [...] whereas actually our economy has recovered quite badly and our productivity is still quite low. I wouldn't be that smug about the British economy."

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