The New Statesman is a British political and cultural magazine published in London. Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913, connected with Sidney and Beatrice Webb, and other leading members of the socialist Fabian Society. The magazine has, according to its present self-description, a left-of-centre political position.The longest serving editor was Kingsley Martin (1930–60). The current editor is Jason Cowley, who assumed the post at the end of September 2008. The magazine has notably recognized and published new writers and critics, as well as encouraged major careers. Its contributors have included J M Keynes, Bertrand Russell, Virginia Woolf, Christopher Hitchens and Paul Johnson.Historically, the magazine was sometimes affectionately referred to as ""The Staggers"" because of crises in funding, ownership and circulation. The nickname is now used as the title of its politics blog. Its current regular writers, critics and columnists include Mehdi Hasan, Will Self, John Gray, Laurie Penny, Ed Smith and Helen Lewis, the deputy editor. Circulation peaked in the mid 1960s. and the magazine had a certified average circulation of 29,353 in 2014. Traffic to the magazine's website reached a record high in October 2013, with 2.68 million unique visitors.In September 2014 the New Statesman, as part of its digital expansion, launched two new websites, the urbanism-focused CityMetric and May2015.com, a data and polling site.