On this week's New Statesman Podcast: Episode Twenty-Seven

Labour and the battle of ideas, 24-hour Underground journeys come to London, and the end of the antibiotic age.

Is Labour winning the battle of ideas? On this week's podcast, Rafael Behr, George Eaton, and Helen Lewis discuss Labour's prospects and the rumbling debate about welfare; we dissect the news that the London Underground is to stay open 24 hours a day, but shed 750 jobs; and Ian Steadman and Sophie McBain ask whether we are approaching the end of the antibiotic age.

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Tony Blair won't endorse the Labour leader - Jeremy Corbyn's fans are celebrating

The thrice-elected Prime Minister is no fan of the new Labour leader. 

Labour heavyweights usually support each other - at least in public. But the former Prime Minister Tony Blair couldn't bring himself to do so when asked on Sky News.

He dodged the question of whether the current Labour leader was the best person to lead the country, instead urging voters not to give Theresa May a "blank cheque". 

If this seems shocking, it's worth remembering that Corbyn refused to say whether he would pick "Trotskyism or Blairism" during the Labour leadership campaign. Corbyn was after all behind the Stop the War Coalition, which opposed Blair's decision to join the invasion of Iraq. 

For some Corbyn supporters, it seems that there couldn't be a greater boon than the thrice-elected PM witholding his endorsement in a critical general election. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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