Kate's bump: we get the media we deserve

As Twitter fills with disgust over a woman being "fat" less than 24 hours after giving birth, OK magazine reassures readers that Kate Middleton will not disgust them with her "bump" for long.

So it turns out that lots of people don't understand how pregnant women work. And other people are just sad, mean, randy or misogynistic . . .

(image via @everydaysexism)

Oh well, you might say. That's just people on Twitter. They're always calling people fat or unshaggable.

So let's see the other half of the conversation . . . here's OK magazine pressuring the Duchess of Cambridge into losing her "baby weight" before she's even stopped having to sit on a bag of frozen peas.

(I think maybe the worst thing about this cover is that they clearly printed it before she'd even had the child.)

Still, a welcome burst of sanity came from TV presenter Katy Hill, who tweeted:

OK magazine.

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.

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Sarah Champion wants to un-resign and join Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet again

The MP is understood to have emailed asking for her job back. 

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, is to rejoin the shadow cabinet less than a month after her dramatic resignation. 

On 28 June, in the aftermath of Brexit, she tweeted: "I have just stepped down from my shadow minister job, but not my responsibilities to my constituents, party or victims of abuse."

Now, she has reportedly emailed Jeremy Corbyn's team to request an un-resignation from her position as shadow minister for preventing abuse. 

According to the Guido Fawkes blog, she wrote: "I would like to formally retract my resignation and ask to be reinstated to my role as Shadow Home Office minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence with immediate effect."

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, given their staffing issues on the shadow cabinet, the Corbyn team is understood to be welcoming her back. 

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has repeatedly urged ex-shadow cabinet MPs to come back. On 1 July he said: "Wouldn't it be better if people came back and worked with us?"

And on Sunday, he alarmed weekend TV viewers by turning straight to camera and telling the nation: "We've got to stop this now."