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15 September 2011

In this week’s New Statesman: Meet the next Prime Minister

Parliament's rising stars | Alice Miles: dangerous tourism | Could the Arab Spring help the Palestin

By Samira Shackle

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In this week’s New Statesman, we profile 20 MPs who are ambitious, ahead of the pack, and under the age of 40. NS editor Jason Cowley describes Rachel Reeves as “just what Labour needs”, Mehdi Hasan commends Chuka Umunna, but asks “is he too polished?”, and Jonathan Derbyshire says that Rory Stewart “sees himself as fitted for high office”.

Elsewhere, Alice Miles discusses the kidnap of Judith Tebbutt, saying that the travel industry, the Foreign Office, and newspapers have serious questions to answer about allowing tourists to travel to such a dangerous spot in blissful ignorance.

Also this week, Ben Smith asks whether Barack Obama could be a one-term president, Rafael Behr says it’s time for David Cameron to stop ignoring Europe, Rashid Khalidi asks if the Arab Spring can help the Palestinians in their bid for statehood, Jon Bernstein profiles former Liberal Democrat leader and party grandee Menzies Campbell, and Samira Shackle talks to Nithin Sawhney about music, empire, and race.

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All this, plus former Met commissioner Ian Blair on the Tories’ problem with the police, Laurie Penny on missing women, and Will Self on superfluous jobs.