Construction of a residential housing estate, Grantham, Lincolnshire (Getty)
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Regeneration, revenue and rethinking: the future of housing

Want to see what ‘real’ social housing looks like? Take a look at a short film that the New Statesman made and fill out our housing poll.

The New Statesman in partnership with Home Group will be hosting three fringe events at this year’s party conferences. The big panel debates will be between housing experts and key note speakers Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Minister, Communities and Local Government, a Minister from the Department of Communities and Local Government, Conservative (TBC) and Stephen Gilbert MP, Liberal Democrats.

For the chance to win a six month subscription to the New Statesman magazine, please answer four simple questions in a New Statesman poll on social housing below and email with your contact details. Three lucky readers will be contacted after the 12th September 2014.

The poll results will be presented to the MP speaker at the fringe events and available on

We are also now taking your questions for our fringe panellists via email on or on twitter @nsliveevents @homegroup#RethinkingHousing, so get involved!

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Take a look at a short film that the New Statesman made with Home Group residents and Chief Executive, Mark Henderson at Rayners lane, a £140m regeneration project in the London Borough of Harrow.


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Telegraph rebrands shadow cabinet member Diane Abbott MP “Corbyn’s former lover”

Shadow international development secretary in demotion by rightwing newspaper SHOCK.

Diane Abbott is a Labour MP, and has been since 1987. She is now in the shadow cabinet, as shadow international development secretary. She's a pretty senior politician, all told. But this hasn't stopped the Telegraph choosing to describe her as "Corbyn's former lover". In a story that has nothing to do with the Labour leader, or the MP's past relationship with him.

In fact, there's no sex in this story at all. It's about a traffic scheme.

Here's how they promoted it on Twitter:

And here's the first line of the piece:

General sexism in reporting aside, your mole can't help thinking there were other traffic concerns at play when this piece was written...

I'm a mole, innit.