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The five must-read blogs from today, on spending cuts, the Milibands and Labour tribalism.

1. Spending cuts: what will the Lib Dems tell their constituents?

As the coalition's spending cuts hit a range of local projects, Gary Gibbon wonders how Lib Dem MPs will appease their constituents.

2. Treasury control freakery gone mad

Paul Waugh reports that the Treasury asked broadcasters to sign a written legal agreement that they would not ask any questions when the OBR made its announcement early this week.

3. Is "looking weird" their biggest challenge?

Political Betting's Mike Smithson asks whether David Cameron was right to jump on the bandwagon and comment on the appearance of the Miliband brothers.

4. Tony Hayward learns how to talk American

The Telegraph's Janet Daley outlines how the BP head Tony Hayward changed his language in an effort to win over the American public.

5. In defence of "tribalism"

Luke Akehurst responds to Neal Lawson's piece in last week's New Statesman, arguing that there is nothing wrong with putting the Labour Party first and being loyal to it.

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