Introducing our blogging powerhouse

New bloggers join the <em>New Statesman</em>.

New bloggers join the New Statesman.

Today we unveil a new roster of bloggers including regular Conservative and Liberal Democrat contributors for the first time. Our new line-up features:

David Allen Green
A lawyer and writer who made his blogging reputation with the Orwell Prize-shortlisted Jack of Kent.
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David Blanchflower
The New Statesman's economics editor and columnist, Professor Blanchflower was an external member of the Bank of England's interest-rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee from June 2006 to June 2009.
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Olly Grender
A political pundit and a regular on the BBC Newsnight political panel. She is a former speechwriter and director of communications for the Liberal Democrats.
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Dan Hodges
Well known to many readers as a contributor to Labour Uncut, he will cover the twists and turns of Ed Miliband's leadership and promises to be the "grit in the oyster of new politics".
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Christopher Montgomery
A previous director of Friends of the Union, who ran A Better Choice, the campaign to keep Tory members enfranchised in leadership elections. His blog promises to be "illiberal, unprogressive and traditionally Thatcherite".
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Helen Lewis
An assistant editor of the New Statesman, she will offer news and views about writing, eating, gaming and watching.
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Steven Baxter
Better known to dwellers of the blogosphere as Anton Vowl, author of the biting Enemies of Reason. He will patrol the murkier waters of mainstream media.
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They join our existing roster of bloggers which includes our own Mehdi Hasan, the comedian and NS columnist Mark Watson and the ever-excellent Laurie Penny.

To read them all go to

Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.