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The five must-read blogs from today, on Labour's campaigning, immigration tactics and Brown at Chilc

1. Counting Labour's comeback

Left Foot Forward has seen internal Labour campaigning numbers which show that activists have spoken to 655,000 voters in 2010. This could equate to 57,000 extra votes, crucial in a campaign where Labour will be defending 20 seats with majorities of below 1,000.

2. CCHQ approves strong immigration message for campaigning

ConservativeHome's Tim Montgomerie says David Cameron has agreed to allow immigration to become a central theme of campaigning, especially in target seats. The language will be tougher, too.

3. YouGov points to disproportionate swing in Wales

A new YouGov poll of Westminster voting intentions in Wales points to a 6.6 per cent swing to the Tories since the May 2005 general election, notes Mike Smithson on PoliticalBetting.

4. Defeat, where is thy sting?

"While I didn't win, I've come out of the Gateshead selection incredibly upbeat." Hopi Sen on his failed attempt to become a PPC.

5. Brown rattles off the numerical artillery

Did Gordon Brown give the MoD enough money to fight the Iraq war? Gary Gibbon, watching the PM's performance at the Chilcot inquiry, says "Brown rattled off figures at a rate that had the stenographer truly taxed".

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Tory Brexiter Daniel Hannan: Leave campaign never promised "radical decline" in immigration

The voters might not agree...

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It was the Leave campaign's pledge to reduce EU immigration that won it the referendum. But Daniel Hannan struck a rather different tone on last night's Newsnight. "It means free movement of labour," the Conservative MEP said of the post-Brexit model he envisaged. An exasperated Evan Davis replied: “I’m sorry we’ve just been through three months of agony on the issue of immigration. The public have been led to believe that what they have voted for is an end to free movement." 

Hannan protested that EU migrants would lose "legal entitlements to live in other countries, to vote in other countries and to claim welfare and to have the same university tuition". But Davis wasn't backing down. "Why didn't you say this in the campaign? Why didn't you say in the campaign that you were wanting a scheme where we have free movement of labour? Come on, that's completely at odds with what the public think they have just voted for." 

Hannan concluded: "We never said there was going to be some radical decline ... we want a measure of control". Your Mole suspects many voters assumed otherwise. If immigration is barely changed, Hannan and others will soon be burned by the very fires they stoked. 

I'm a mole, innit.