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The five must-read blogs from today on Alistair Darling, The Wire and immigration.

1. Alistair Darling - Labour's Caretaker Leader In Waiting

Iain Martin says that Alistair Darling's humour and experience make him the frontrunner to become Labour's caretaker leader.

2. Conservative candidate posted racist slur on blog

Political Scrapbook reports on the latest online slur by a Conservative candidate. Stuart Penketh, the PPC for Ellesmere Port and Neston, remarked: "Why when I walk through Radcliffe town centre (what's left of it), past the canal do I feel a Gook is gonna sniper me [sic]".

3. So David Cameron does watch The Wire - debate speech seems modelled on Mayor Carcetti's

At the Guardian, Paul Owen looks at the similarities between David Cameron's closing speech last night and an address by Mayor Carcetti from the Wire.

4. Is a Tory majority heading back to evens?

At PoliticalBetting, Mike Smithson reports on a sharp movement back to a Tory majority in the betting markets.

5. Cam's immigration cap: do the numbers stack up?

At Left Foot Forward, Sarah Mulley says that the Tories' immigration cap policy is meaningless until they set out the level at which the cap would be set.

 

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Which CLPs are nominating who in the 2016 Labour leadership contest?

The race now moves onto supporting nominations from constituency Labour parties: who will emerge the strongest?

Jeremy Corbyn, the sitting Labour leader, has been challenged by Owen Smith, the MP for Pontypridd. Now that both are on the ballot, constituency Labour parties (CLPs) can give supporting nominations. Although they have no direct consequence on the race, they provide an early indication of how the candidates are doing in the country at large. While CLP meetings are suspended for the duration of the contest, they can meet to plan campaign sessions, prepare for by-elections, and to issue supporting nominations. 

Scottish local parties are organised around Holyrood constituencies, not Westminster constituencies. Some Westminster parties are amalgamated - where they have nominated as a bloc, we have counted them as their seperate constituencies, with the exception of Northern Ireland, where Labour does not stand candidates. To avoid confusion, constitutencies with dual language names are listed in square [] brackets. If the constituency party nominated in last year's leadership race, that preference is indicated in italics.  In addition, we have listed the endorsements of trade unions and other affliates alongside the candidates' names.

Jeremy Corbyn (8)

Clwyd West (did not nominate in 2015)

Folkestone & Hythe (nominated Andy Burnham in 2015)

Lancaster & Fleetwood (nominated Andy Burnham in 2015)

Liverpool West Derby (nominated Andy Burnham in 2015)

Leeds North West (nominated Jeremy Corbyn in 2015)

Milton Keynes North (did not nominate in 2015)

Milton Keynes South (did not nominate in 2015)

Reigate (nominated Yvette Cooper in 2015)

Owen Smith (2)

Richmond Park (nominated Jeremy Corbyn in 2015)

Westminster North (nominated Yvette Coooper in 2015)