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The five must-read posts from today, on Greenpeace, Steve Hilton and expenses.

1. Revealed: MEP praises French attack on Greenpeace that killed activist

Sunny Hundal reveals that the UK Independence Party MEP Godfrey Bloom praised the French sinking of the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior.

2. Worst expenses claimants have safer seats

Left Foot Forward's Will Straw publishes data showing that the worst expenses offenders have safer seats than other MPs.

3. Blair to be given "major" election role -- Brown

Paul Waugh blogs about Gordon Brown's statement that Tony Blair will play a "major role" in the next election. Waugh says Labour strategists are keen not to repeat Al Gore's mistake in failing to use Bill Clinton effectively for his presidential campaign.

4. Two more Steve Hilton strategy bulletins

The FT's Westminster blog publishes two more missives by the Conservative strategy director to Tory MPs.

5. David Chaytor is at least cool under fire

The Telegraph's James Kirkup reports on an encounter with David Chaytor, one of the MPs facing criminal charges over expenses, and says he betrayed not a flicker of anxiety or unease.

 

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