Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, on Mandelson, the Speaker and campaign gaffes.

1. Exclusive: Mandelson's favourite to be parachuted into Stoke Central?

The historian Tristram Hunt, a friend of Peter Mandelson's, could be parachuted into the safe seat of Stoke Central after missing out elsewhere, reports the FT's Jim Pickard.

2. My favourite campaign gaffe of the year so far

Liberal Democrat Voice's Mark Pack enjoys the embarrassment suffered by a Tory PPC after she backed a spoof harbour in a landlocked village.

3. Was this the moment Bercow signed his own death warrant?

PoliticalBetting's Mike Smithson says the Speaker, John Becow, is almost certain to face a challenge after preventing the Tories' Theresa Villiers from raising Labour's links with Unite during questions in the Commons.

4. Budget 2010: Housing investment must continue

Over at Left Foot Forward, Jon Cruddas says that the social and economic case for increased housing investment is unarguable.

5. The Times lists itself in arbitrary "five best political websites"

Finally, Political Scrapbook reports that, despite the obvious conflict of interest, the Times has chosen to list itself in a compilation of the "five best political websites".

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