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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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Tissues and issues for Labour: Corbynite celebrity Charlotte Church votes Plaid Cymru

The singer, who championed Corbyn's leadership, has voted for Labour's rivals in the Welsh Assembly election.

Charlotte Church, hot on the anti-auserity campaign trail and a regular at pro-Corbyn rallies, has voted for Plaid Cymru.

Here is her tweet supporting Labour's rivals, on the day of the Welsh Assembly elections:

The singer's vote suggests she has fallen out of love with Corbyn; she had previously made her support for the Labour leader known by performing at "Jeremy Corbyn for PM" fundraisers for him, and writing an endorsement of his leadership:

"The inverse of Nigel Farage, he appears to be a cool-headed, honest, considerate man, one of the few modern politicians who doesn’t seem to have been trained in neuro-linguistic programming, unconflicted in his political views, and abstemious in his daily life. He is one of the only politicians of note that seems to truly recognise the dire inequality that exists in this country today and actually have a problem with it. There is something inherently virtuous about him, and that is a quality that can rally the support of a lot of people, and most importantly, a lot of young people. With the big three zero on the horizon for me, I don’t know if I still count as a “young person”. What I can say is that for the first time in my adult life there is a politician from a mainstream party who shares my views and those of most people I know, and also has a chance of actually doing something to create a shift in the paradigm, from corporate puppetry to conscientious societal representation."

And, as Guido points out, Church is not the only celebrity Corbyn champion who has witheld support for Labour today. The actor Emma Thompson, who backed Corbyn for Labour leader, has endorsed the Women's Equality Party in the London mayoral election.

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