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Stella Creasy announces she will stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour party

Stella Creasy, the popular MP for Walthamstow, will challenge Tom Watson and Caroline Flint for the post.

Stella Creasy has entered the race to replace Harriet Harman as deputy leader of the Labour Party.

Creasy, who was elected MP for Walthamstow in 2010, is one of the highest profile members of the parliamentary Labour Party, and has carved out a niche as one of Britain's most successful campaigners, on issues ranging from payday loans to women's representation on banknotes.

Writing for the Mirror, Creasy has pledged to "restore fire and faith" in the Labour movement. Creasy is adored by the membership and will be heavyweight opposition to both Caroline Flint and Tom Watson, but may have an uphill battle to secure 35 nominations and a place on the ballot paper.

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics. 

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Liam Fox as International Trade Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for International Trade.

Only Nixon, it is said, could have gone to China. Only a politician with the impeccable Commie-bashing credentials of the 37th President had the political capital necessary to strike a deal with the People’s Republic of China.

Theresa May’s great hope is that only Liam Fox, the newly-installed Secretary of State for International Trade, has the Euro-bashing credentials to break the news to the Brexiteers that a deal between a post-Leave United Kingdom and China might be somewhat harder to negotiate than Vote Leave suggested.

The biggest item on the agenda: striking a deal that allows Britain to stay in the single market. Elsewhere, Fox should use his political capital with the Conservative right to wait longer to sign deals than a Remainer would have to, to avoid the United Kingdom being caught in a series of bad deals. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.