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Men are grooming.

There's a boom going on in the male beauty industry, with a 66 per cent rise in the number of male clients.

Haircuts count for a large section of that, although hair removal, manicures and tanning have reached record levels of demand. The increase in customers is estimated by the Kantar Worldpanel to help create 11,000 jobs in the beauty industry over the next year.

Interestingly, the type of beauty treatment required is very variable by region. More than a third of Welsh male customers wanted tanning treatments, and half wanted hair removal, whilst in London, tanning down to six per cent of treatments, with "pampering" (massages and skin treatments) topping the chart.

However, the biggest rise in grooming treatments bought by men was amongst the macho men of Scotland, where demand has gone up by three quarters, the sharpest increase in Britain.

 

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Gerald Kaufman dies aged 86

Before becoming an MP, Kaufman's varied career included a stint as the NS' theatre critic.

Gerald Kaufman, the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton and former theatre critic at the New Statesman, has died.

Kaufman, who served as the MP for Manchester Gorton continuously from 1970, had a varied career before entering Parliament, working for the Fabian Society in addition to his flourishing career in journalism and as a satirist, writing for That Was The Week That Was and as a leader writer on the Mirror. In 1965, he exchanged the press for politics, working as a press officer and an aide to Harold Wilson before he was elected to parliament in 1970.

Upon Labour’s return to office in 1974, he served as a junior minister until the party’s defeat in 1979, and on the opposition frontbenches until 1992, reaching the position of shadow foreign secretary. In 1999, he was chair of the Man Booker Prize, which that year was won by JM Coetzee’s Disgrace.

His death opens up a by-election in Manchester Gorton, which Labour is expected to win. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.