Osborne's car caught in disabled parking bay

The Treasury says that Osborne was unaware his car had been parked in a disabled bay after he got lunch at an M4 service station.

The front page of tomorrow's Daily Mirror will make for uncomfortable viewing in No. 11. In the week that George Osborne cut benefits for thousands of disabled people (most notably through the bedroom tax), it shows his car parked in a disabled bay at an M4 service station.

A Treasury source has responded by stating that Osborne was dropped off outside the service station to get lunch and didn't realise the car was illegally parked when he got back in. But the damage has likely already been done. As when Osborne was caught in a first class train carriage with only a standard ticket, it suggests a man who doesn't think the rules apply to him (however innocent the mistake was). But the Chancellor, I suspect, will take comfort from the fact that the public remain overwhemingly supportive of the coalition's welfare measures.

George Osborne makes a visit to the Prysmian Group factory in Eastleigh last month. Photograph: Getty Images.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.