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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.
This week's round-up of the political blogs includes commentary on Blair's attempts at diplomacy
Allegations about honours allegedly on offer continue to rumble
A warning not to underestimate the seriousness of the loans for peerages affair
Why the chancellor will not become a green premier
Tony Blair is guilty of 'muddled thinking' on race
Prescott practises his lines, Gordon greets the revellers, Leo plays with cluster bombs, while Sarah
The Tory leader should stop trying to be trendy, those pop queens Girls Aloud tell Sophie Heawood
New Statesman leader looking ahead to UK foreign policy in 2007
The New Statesman's round-up of the best of the political blogs
The premier's questioning comes on a busy news day