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The five must-read blogs from today, on bogus jobs stats, abortion and Cameron's gaffe.

1. The Express is wrong: Half of all new jobs have gone to UK citizens

At Left Foot Forward, Nicola Smith and Richard Exell rebut the claim by the Express (based on data from the Spectator) that 98 per cent of new jobs since 1997 have gone to migrant workers. Data shows that UK nationals have taken 50 per cent.

2. Why abortion will be a campaign issue in 2010

With David Cameron's pledge to reduce the abortion limit from 24 weeks to 20 or 22, this issue will be more prominent during the campaign than in any recent election, says Sunder Katwala.

3. Leading Tory gay activist to vote Labour

Over at the Guardian, Simon Jeffery reports that the founder of the LGBTory group plans to vote for Labour in anger at Cameron's refusal to condemn Chris Grayling for his suggestion that B&B owners should "have the right" to turn away gay couples.

4. Tory "efficiency savings" would cancel their school reforms

Liberal Conspiracy's Don Paskini explains why the Tories' "efficiency savings" would destroy their "Swedish schools" plans.

5. David Cameron is right

In a campaign gaffe, the Tory leader rather foolishly told BBC Radio Derby that he preferred Nottingham to Derby. But, argues Hopi Sen, he was right.

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Exclusive: Labour MEPs call for Jeremy Corbyn to resign as leader

Letter demands Corbyn's departure and attacks his office for "promoting" the work of the Leave campaign. 

Labour's MEPs have called for Jeremy Corbyn to resign in the latest challenge to his leadership. In a letter sent to Corbyn and leaked to the New Statesman, Glenis Willmott, the chair of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP), wrote: "We find it hard to see how any Labour leader can continue in that role if they do not have the support of their MPs." Corbyn yesterday lost a no confidence vote among the Parliamentary Labour Party by 176 to 40. The letter also attacked the leader's office for an "official Labour briefing document" which "promoted the work of Kate Hoey and Gisela Stuart for the Leave campaign."

The demand for Corbyn's resignation is described by sources as the "majority position" of Labour's 20 MEPs. Their stance could prove crucial if the leader is not automatically included in any new contest (a matter of legal dispute) and is required to seek 50 nominations from MP/MEPs (20 per cent of the total). 

The letter reads: 

"The European Parliamentary Labour Party met today for its first meeting since the referendum and concluded that we should send you this letter today.

"The EPLP has always striven to have a loyal and constructive relationship with our party leader, and we have worked hard to cooperate with you over recent months. However, we have very serious concerns in the light of Labour's defeat in the referendum campaign.

"Responsiblity for the UK leaving the EU lies with David Cameron. That being said, we were simply astounded that on Friday morning, as news of the result sank in, an official Labour briefing document promoted the work of Kate Hoey and Gisela Stuart for the Leave campaign.

"Labour's loyal and dedicated teams of activists had just spent weeks on the doorstep and on street-stalls making the case to remain in the EU and countering leave campaign arguments. Yet you and your office authorised a briefing that put the whole Labour campaign on a par with two Labour politicians who had been appearing for weeks alongside right-wing politicians, such as Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson.

"Separate from the referendum issue, it has become clear in recent days that you do not have the confidence of the Parliamentary Labour Party. We find it hard to see how many Labour leader can continue in that role if they do not have the support of their MPs.

"So it it with a heavy heart that we urge you, for the sake of the Labour Party and for the people in our country who need a Labour government, to reconsider your position as Labour leader."

Yours sincerely,

Glenis Wilmott MEP

On behalf of the European Parliamentary Labour Party 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.