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The five must-read blogs from today, on another disgraced PPC, Tory plans for National Insurance and

1. The new BNP? Ukip stands by racist PPC

After the sacking of the Labour PPC Stuart MacLennan over offensive Twitter posts, Shamik Das on Left Foot Forward spotlights the offensive remarks made on a community care website by the Ukip PPC for Ilford South, Paul Wiffen.

2. David Cameron under pressure as his pact with the Ulster Unionists runs into trouble

Nicholas Watt at the Guardian finds Cameron struggling to evade the inevitable dangers of his Northern Ireland policy, defaulting on his neutrality pledges with a pact allowing Rodney Connor to stand as the independent unionist candidate in Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

3. Chris Grayling spotted! Is this the B&B campaign tour?

At Next Left, Sunder Katwala blogs on a sighting of the shadow home secretary in Ibstock, campaigning with the Conservative candidate for North-West Leicestershire, Andrew Bridgen, who had told the Leicester Mercury of his "considerable sympathy" with those B&B owners forced by the Equality Bill to let gay couples into their homes.

4. Pressure needs to be kept on Tories over NICs

On his blog, Alastair Campbell argues that the pressure should be kept on the Conservatives over their planned part-cut in National Insurance.

5. Battling for Bradford's Muslims

On al-Jazeera's Europe Blog, Nazanine Moshiri discusses the "crucial election battleground" of Bradford, quoting a Hizb ut-Tahrir activist urging non-participation. Moshiri also talks to Atif Imtiaz, a Bradford Muslim blogger who has the same concerns as any other Bradfordian: "the economy, education and health care".

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.