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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.
Plus, Trump plans indefinite detention of migrant families, MPs urge abandonment of car ownership, protesters march on Jacinda Ardern's office.
A selection of the best letters received from our readers this week. Email email@example.com to have your thoughts voiced in the New Statesman magazine.
The purpose of the backstop is to uphold the Good Friday Agreement's mandated purposes: it is not anti-democratic.
A price collapse could threaten one of Britain’s oldest industries.
The self-mythologising special adviser is built on studied dishevelment, maverick energy and excoriating irreverence.
Your weekly dose of gossip from around Westminster.
As I wave him off I am smiling and telling him I hope he has fun, while duplicitously screaming inside, I HOPE IT WILL SOON BE CANCELLED AND YOU COME HOME SAFELY.
He saw people like the ones he knew – market traders, small-town people – on the stage, and said to himself, “I’m going to do that.”
By some miracle I picked a pair that fit the window space neatly, and have spent weeks admiring the way they work so well. Look, they close! And look! They open! Hours can be spent doing this.
Our current perception of homelessness neglects many of those suffering.