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Job vacancy: Editor, The Staggers

The NS is looking for someone to edit its politics blog.

The New Statesman is looking for a journalist to edit its award-winning politics blog The Staggers.


Applicants must have:


- An excellent understanding of Westminster politics.


- The ability to write quick and clear analysis of major political news.


- Experience of using social media to promote stories.


- A willingness to work early/late starts and weekends as required.


There will be opportunities to contribute to the New Statesman magazine


If you are interested in applying, please send an email to with the subject line "Staggers editor - application". Please include a covering letter with:


- A brief biography with any relevant experience, or a fuller CV if you prefer (as a PDF or Word document)


- A list of your five best pieces on British politics.


The deadline for applications is 12pm on 19 May. 


The role is a paid, full-time position based in our office in Blackfriars. Salary dependent on experience.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.