In this week's New Statesman podcast

Housing and the London mayoral race, the real "books of 2013" list, and the possibilities of home genome testing.

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This week, Helen Lewis, Rafael Behr and George Eaton discuss the week in politics, including housing and the London mayoral race. They also discuss George's interview in the magazine this week with Sadiq Khan, who is being talked up as a potential mayoral candidate for Labour, even if he's reluctant to say so himself.

Philip Maughan and Michael Prodger reveal the NS's list of the real books of 2013. We've crunched the numbers on the myriad round-up lists that have appeared in the media in recent weeks, and worked out which titles have been picked more than any others. But should you bother reading them?

Finally, Ian Steadman discusses home genome testing, and asks whether the potential to screen yourself for possible genetic illnesses is actually a good thing.

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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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