The Conservatives' claim that New Labour figures such as James Purnell and Alan Miliburn have been replaced with union stooges isn't convincing, writes the FT's Jim Pickard. Almost all of the Blairites in question belong to . . . the Unite union.
Left Foot Forward's Will Straw discovers that Kenneth Clarke's pledge to reduce the Budget deficit to below 3 per cent of national income implies an extra £30bn in spending cuts.
Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Phil BC looks at why Labour is struggling in its former stronghold of Stoke-on-Trent.
Nicholas Watt blogs about Blair's explanation of his role in breaking protocol and allowing a Catholic to serve as Britain's envoy to the Vatican.
Finally, ConservativeHome's Tim Montgomerie looks at what Alexander Lebedev's imminent acquisition of the Independent means for the paper's political stance.
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