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The five must-read blogs from today, on Lord Ashcroft, Sure Start and Lib Dem tax proposals.

1. Ashcroft anger turns on official as Tories snub meeting

Gary Gibbon reports from a meeting of the parliamentary select committee looking into Michael Ashcroft's tax status; no Tory MPs have attended.

2. Defending Sure Start against vicious right-wing attacks

Left Foot Forward's Shamik Das rebuts claims by the Daily Mail and the Taxpayers' Alliance that Sure Start has done more "harm than good".

3. What Tony Blair said in his secret Iraq war letters to George Bush

Andrew Sparrow picks out three letters from Andrew Rawnsley's new book, which elicits more detail than the Chilcot inquiry about Blair's relationship with George W Bush.

4. Is Twitter making life more difficult for politicians?

The Labour MP Tom Harris says that, despite the risks involved, politicians are right to make use of Twitter.

5. Rumble in the Lib Dem jungle

Next Left's Sunder Katwala re-examines the Lib Dems' tax plans and finds that they are far more regressive than Nick Clegg suggests.

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