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It’s that time of year again…
A balmy summer is coming to an end, the party conference season is just beginning, and the New Statesman is teaming up with dozens of partners and sponsors to deliver a huge range of fringe events attracting some of the biggest names in parliament, politics and business. Last year we hosted over 35 events across three conferences, bringing together policymakers and thought leaders for hours of enlightening and intelligent discussion and debate. Hosting MPs and peers from all sides of the House, we've organised panels of experts, Q&As and drinks receptions that are at the cutting edge of the conference calendar.
After yet another year of upsets and volatility in the UK political scene, this year's conferences are set to be as exciting and unpredictable as any, and the New Statesman will be at the forefront, bringing together politicians and high-profile figures in local government, charities, NGOs and industry, to discuss the most pressing policy issues and political controversies of the day.
Johnson has promised the UK will leave the EU on 31 October “do or die”. The Tory leadership election could change if Tory members feel the option on offer is “die”.
The controversial MP for Derby North will now be subject to the re-selection process Labour set in train on Monday.
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Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
There was traffic. We spent much time stationary. Luckily, conversation flows well between us. Up to a point.
The guiding force in Alcibiades’s character was ambition and “the desire of superiority”, combined with an addiction to pleasure.
Run by politicians lacking the historical sensibility to guide it, the constitution has been hollowed out.
Meanwhile, the case of Zaghari-Ratcliffe is going to run and run.
While nobody else knows exactly what happened in that flat, Johnson’s refusal to answer reasonable questions about the incident was a very bad look.