Ben Davies trained as a journalist after taking most of the 1990s off. Prior to joining the New Statesman he spent five years working as a politics reporter for the BBC News website. He lives in North London.

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UK Politics
13 June 2008
I commend to you the blog of Tory MP and friend of the Fundies (that's Christian Fundamentalists in case you didn't...
Politics
12 June 2008
David Davis's decision to quit Parliament in protest over MPs' decision to back the extension of pre-charge detention...
UK Politics
14 May 2008
I fear I may have offended the amiable Stanley Johnson - father of London's new mayor. Stanley - a one-time Tory MEP...
Politics
03 May 2008
It's probably not going to be a John F Kennedy 'remember where you were?' moment but the day Boris Johnson ousted Ken...
Politics
02 May 2008
Labour's Alun Michael says the 10p tax debacle was a big issue on the doorstep in the run up to the 1 May elections and...
Politics
02 May 2008
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has told newstatesman.com she believes Boris Johnson looks likely to succeed Ken...
Politics
02 May 2008
I've spent most of the morning ringing round Labour MPs trying to get their reactions. Strangely today they're rather...
UK Politics
02 May 2008
Labour is in “listening and learning” mode after suffering what are widely predicted to be its worst election results...
UK Politics
22 April 2008
One politician who simply defies the description 'grey' is Lembit Öpik. The ebullient MP for Montgomeryshire first...
Politics
14 April 2008
The count down is well underway to the London mayoral election on 1 May. This is the closest contest yet and there's a...
UK Politics
08 April 2008
When we held the inaugural New Media Awards in 1998 the internet was a strange concept which most people could barely...
Politics
19 March 2008
On a Sunday evening in April 1989 Constance McCullagh picked up the phone and rang her local Rape Crisis centre. The...
Politics
19 March 2008
Minister for Women Harriet Harman has announced up to £1 million in emergency funding towards keeping Rape Crisis...
UK Politics
09 January 2008
The case against a Foreign Office civil servant accused of leaking documents to the New Statesman and the Observer...
International Politics
07 December 2007
As news broke that Hugo Chávez had failed to win a referendum on constitutional reform, Bolivian politician César...

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