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The five must-read blogs from today, on electoral reform, Swedish schools and embarrassing Tory ads.

1. Why the Conservatives should not fear AV

Phillip Blond explains why the Tories should drop their hostility to electoral reform and support the Alternative Vote.

2. Show us the money, Mr Gove

Will Straw says the coalition has done nothing to address concerns that Michael Gove's proposed "free schools" are unfunded.

3. This is what a Labour agenda for women could look like

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Rowan Davies suggests some policies that Labour could include in its next manifesto to counter the lack of female representation.

4. Why Liberal? Time to give the public a proper answer after 80 years

At Liberal Democrat Voice, Stephen Tall returns to the 1964 work Why Liberal? to see what has changed and stayed the same.

5. Remember this four-week-old Tory ad?

Mike Smithson of PoliticalBetting draws attention to a poster that the Tories might be hoping we will forget.

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