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The five must-read blogs from today, including Iran, Lord Ashcroft and the north

1. Blogging on Iran, Jon Snow says that Ayatollah Khamenei's position is "increasingly fragile" and that if he falls the Islamic revolution itself may unravel.

2. Alastair Campbell agrees with Jack Straw that David Cameron wants to fight an election based on slogans rather than policy, but rebukes him for a gibe against his beloved Burnley FC.

3. Liberal Conspiracy's Sunny Hundal names the top left-wing campaign groups of the year, including Compass, Hope Not Hate and 38 Degrees.

4. Over at LabourList, the Labour MP Tom Harris warns that the Tories continue to despise investment in public services.

5. Luke Akehurst explores the political significance of Labour's apparent resurgence in the north. The north-west and Yorkshire are full of marginal seats, he points out.

 

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