British regions replaced by economies of the same size

Boris Johnson, mayor of… UAE?

The ONS has released an infographic showing how much various regions of the UK contributed to the nation's economy. It shows the gross value-added (GVA) of Britain's constituent nations and regions, which is a statistical measure roughly equivalent to a country's GDP. London and the South East storm away from the rest of the pack, and Scotland and the North West are both tied for third place. Take a look:

But if you want something easier to visualise, try this. Each of the regions is matched to a country with an equivalent GDP. London's economy is roughly the size of the UAE's, the South East is as valuable as Israel, and so on.

The boring bit: Economies are matched based on the IMF's 2012 figures for nominal GDP. The GVA was converted to dollars at today's exchange rate. Scotland and the North West are actually both closest in size to Romania but that would have made for a boring map.

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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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.