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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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