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The five must-read blogs from today, including why the coalition's cuts are deeper and faster than t

1. Coalition cuts are deeper and faster than Tea Party's

Left Foot Forward's Will Straw publishes data showing that the UK's deficit reduction will be 6.6 per cent by 2015/16, compared to 2.2 per cent in the US.

2. More than 2,000 charities and community groups face cuts

False Economy publishes research showing that charities face net funding reductions of more than £110m this year.

3. The IMF manages to please everyone

Coffee House's Peter Hoskin explains why George Osborne, Vince Cable, Ed Balls and Mervyn King can all take heart from the IMF's assessment of the British economy.

4. Why is William Hague so popular?

At FT Westminster, Kiran Stacey gives four reasons why the Foreign Secretary is the most popular cabinet minister.

5. Is David Davis planning a second resignation?

PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson says that David Davis could leave the Commons to stand for election as the police commissioner of Humberside.

 

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Work with us: Wellcome Scholarship at the New Statesman

Be one of our 2016 science interns.

Britain needs more great science writers – particularly from backgrounds which have been traditionally under-represented in the media.

To address this, the New Statesman and Wellcome Trust, in partnership with Creative Access, have come together to offer annual placements to student or graduates from an ethnic minority background*.

The final 2016 placement will take place this Autumn/Winter (the exact date is flexible) and will last for four weeks.

Over the course of the placement, the successful applicants will:

  • Work alongside the New Statesman web and magazine team, learning about the editorial and production process, and how articles are conceived, written, edited and laid out;
  • Undertake a data-driven journalism research project on a scientific topic, which will be published on the New Statesman website
  • Visit Parliament and learn about how science-based legislation is developed and debated in the select committee system
  • Have an opportunity to interview a leading scientist or policy-maker
  • Write a regular bylined science blog on the New Statesman website
  • Receive regular feedback and editing from the editorial team
  • Meet journalists at other titles in the sector (previous Wellcome Scholars have met writers for the Atlantic, and presenters for the BBC)

Over the course of the placement, you will be paid London living wage.

To apply for the placement, follow the steps below and apply direct to the New Statesman. 

Please write an 800-word blogpost on a recent or upcoming scientific development which you feel has the potential to change lives significantly, explaining clearly and concisely what stage the research is at, and how it is likely to proceed. It should be written as if for the NS audience - interested, intelligent laypeople.

Please also write up to 200 words on why you are right for this placement and what you would hope to get out of it. You don't need to send a CV.

Please only use Word files, or paste your text into the body of an email. 

Send your application by email to Helen Lewis (Helen @ newstatesman co uk) with the subject line “Wellcome Scholarship 2016”. 

Applications close on 30 September 2016. Interviews will take place soon after.

This is a positive action scheme under the Race Relations Act.