How does GQ pick their politician of the year?

"Well known? Check. Wears suits which fit? Check. Conservative?"

Boris Johnson has been named as GQ's Politician of the Year for 2013:

That's the same Boris Johnson who was the magazine's Politician of the Year in 2012:

And in 2008:

He's not the only politician to have won the accolade multiple times. George Osborne won in 2009:

And then he won again in 2011 (when he famously called the magazine's readers "wankers"):

Between them, Boris and George have won five of the six Politician of the Year awards GQ has ever given.

But guess who the only other politician to have won is? It won't take you long:

That table of winners in full:

Year Winner Party
2008 Boris Johnson Conservatives
2009 George Osborne Conservatives
2010 David Cameron Conservatives
2011 George Osborne Conservatives
2012 Boris Johnson Conservatives
2013 Boris Johnson Conservatives

I'm a mole, innit.

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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.