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Bronwen Maddox leaves Times to edit Prospect

Prospect circulation increases by by 10 per cent year on year to 30,480 in the first six months of

Times chief foreign commentator Bronwen Maddox is leaving the paper to become editor and chief executive of up-market monthly current affairs magazine Prospect.

David Goodhart, who founded the magazine in 1995 and has been editor since then, is to become editor-at-large.

Publisher David Hanger said: "We are delighted to announce that Bronwen Maddox is joining us to take Prospect forward to its next stage.
"She is a brilliant journalist with authority and an international reputation, and also has a strong commercial background. She will expand the magazine's reach and presence with great energy.

"David Goodhart, with immense imagination, intellect and determination, has created and developed Prospect into a powerful magazine with a circulation of 30,400 and a reputation for penetrating, unbiased political analysis and sophisticated cultural coverage."

Jennifer Coombs, whose husband Derek Coombs backed Goodhart in starting Prospect, said: "It is a pivotal moment in our history and a great opportunity to see the magazine move forward and evolve with fresh ideas."

Maddox has been the Times's foreign editor, US editor and Washington bureau chief and before that worked for the FT. Before becoming a journalist she was a director of Kleinwort Benson Securities and a City analyst.

She said: "There is a huge opportunity for a magazine which gives a voice to the argumentative centre-ground, and asks - and answers - the difficult questions of our day. Prospect can do this with lightness, wit, and a sense of cultural reach and vitality. I look forward to developing its range and reach over the coming months."

Prospect is independently owned by Prospect Publishing Ltd and grew its circulation by 10 per cent year on year to 30,480 in the first six months of this year (around 8,500 of which were free distribution copies).

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette

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No, David Cameron’s speech was not “left wing”

Come on, guys.

There is a strange journalistic phenomenon that occurs when a party leader makes a speech. It is a blend of groupthink, relief, utter certainty, and online backslapping. It happened particularly quickly after David Cameron’s speech to Tory party conference today. A few pundits decided that – because he mentioned, like, diversity and social mobility – this was a centre-left speech. A leftwing speech, even. Or at least a clear grab for the liberal centre ground. And so that’s what everyone now believes. The analysis is decided. The commentary is written. Thank God for that.

Really? It’s quite easy, even as one of those nasty, wicked Tories, to mention that you actually don’t much like racism, and point out that you’d quite like poor children to get jobs, without moving onto Labour's "territory". Which normal person is in favour of discriminating against someone on the basis of race, or blocking opportunity on the basis of class? Of course he’s against that. He’s a politician operating in a liberal democracy. And this isn’t Ukip conference.

Looking at the whole package, it was actually quite a rightwing speech. It was a paean to defence – championing drones, protecting Britain from the evils of the world, and getting all excited about “launching the biggest aircraft carriers in our history”.

It was a festival of flagwaving guff about the British “character”, a celebration of shoehorning our history chronologically onto the curriculum, looking towards a “Greater Britain”, asking for more “national pride”. There was even a Bake Off pun.

He also deployed the illiberal device of inculcating a divide-and-rule fear of the “shadow of extremism – hanging over every single one of us”, informing us that children in UK madrassas are having their “heads filled with poison and their hearts filled with hate”, and saying Britain shouldn’t be “overwhelmed” with refugees, before quickly changing the subject to ousting Assad. How unashamedly centrist, of you, Mr Prime Minister.

Benefit cuts and a reduction of tax credits will mean the Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for “equality of opportunity, as opposed to equality of outcome” will be just that – with the outcome pretty bleak for those who end up losing any opportunity that comes with state support. And his excitement about diversity in his cabinet rings a little hollow the day following a tubthumping anti-immigration speech from his Home Secretary.

If this year's Tory conference wins the party votes, it’ll be because of its conservative commitment – not lefty love bombing.

Anoosh Chakelian is deputy web editor at the New Statesman.