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1. Liberal Conspiracy attacks the Times for distorting the findings of a climate change opinion poll.

2.. Left Foot Forward's Shamik Das reports on new research that shows hospital cleaners give greater value to society than City bankers.

3..The Guardian's Michael White gives short shrift to Simon Cowell's plans for a "Political X Factor".

4.Over at Next Left, Sunder Katwala recalls the Tories' past hikes in VAT.

5. Paul Waugh discovers that the final PMQs of the year will be between Harriet Harman and William Hague.

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Peter Mandelson: I pray every day for an early election to end Labour's awful state

The Prince of Darkness is not happy. 

Peter Mandelson prays every morning for an early general election to deal the "awful" situation in the Labour party, he has revealed.

When asked about the likelihood of a snap election, the Labour grandee told an audience at the Royal Television Society "bring it on". 

According to The Guardian, he added: "I get up every day and pray that will be the case."

Mandelson also criticised politicians of all parties for "running scared" of freedom of movement to the point they could sacrifice the economy. 

The former European trade commissioner said Brexit would be "the most complex policy exercise mounted in peace time". 

Known as "The Prince of Darkness" for his mastery of political spin, Mandelson was an architect of New Labour and has long been a Europhile.

In August, he accused the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of sabotaging the attempt to stay in the EU.