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The five must-read posts from today, on Lord Ashcroft, motherhood and a Tory shoot 'em up game.

1. Osborne, Geithner and losing the public

Recent reports suggest that Kenneth Clarke is to replace George Osborne as the main face of Tory economic policy. Paul Waugh suggests that Osborne look across the Atlantic for solace.

2. So who's really playing politics with the Ashcroft peerage inquiry?

Sunder Katwala looks at the issues raised by the refusal of three Tory MPs to participate in the inquiry into Michael Ashcroft's tax affairs. Will MPs always argue that a committee is "partisan" when the outcome could be inconvenient?

3. Make politics fit women's lives, not vice versa

Life as an MP and motherhood are incompatible. Over at Liberal Democrat Voice, Dinti Batstone, vice-chair of the Campaign for Gender Balance, outlines ways of remedying this.

4. I have delivered and I'm not done yet, the minister who is doing the most to reform Britain's constitution replies to John Jackson

The minister of state for justice, Michael Wills, defends his record on constitutional reform over at openDemocracy.

5. Gordon Brown stars in hilarious Tory shoot 'em up computer game!

Looking for something to while away your Friday afternoon? Political Scrapbook blogs on a great new product from Political Gaming -- called Gordon's Revenge.

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