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Welcome to our brand new website

Welcome to newstatesman.com – the all-new and free to view website of the current affairs magazine of the year.

As well as our unrivalled coverage of politics, culture, books and the arts we have a raft of brand new online content for you.

We’ve got comedians, a genuine TV legend not to mention top tips on tackling your personal problems from our agony aunt, ex-glamour model turned politician, Marina Pepper.

Don’t miss our Community & Action pages with Campus Radicals - written for and by students, it will nail the lie that young people are turned off by politics. Perhaps it’s Westminster they just can’t stand.

Plus you can read unrivalled analysis and daily updates from the most eclectic bunch of writers you’re likely to encounter online.

Green Party co-leader Sian Berry, our political editor Martin Bright, plus challenging no-holds-barred insights into disability from Victoria Brignell (Crip’s Column) and James Medhurst (A different way of thinking).

And if you want a regular glimpse into life in an eco-village have a look at the world’s first ever blogosoap, written by Jonathan Dawson.

As if that wasn't enough, Bagpuss and Clangers creator Oliver Postgate, and comedians Richard Herring and Simon Munnery are also blogging for us.

In the coming weeks and months we will be providing you with tips on how to join or start campaigns and contacts so you can lobby your elected representatives. Most of all we hope this will become a forum for like-minded people to meet and exchange ideas.

So please, sign-up, get commenting and become part of the newstatesman.com community!

Finally, I'd like to thank Wilson Fletcher and their superb design team who are behind our new online look and Sheila Sang of PowWow Interactive, our redesign consultant, for all her help.

Most of all, it’s great to welcome you to our new website!

Ben Davies

Editor, newstatesman.com