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The five must-read blogs from today, on “assassinating Thatcher”, immigration and the Labour leaders

1. Can the Tories ever rule on their own again?

At PoliticalBetting, Mike Smithson says that the Tories will need a lead of 11.2 per cent to win a majority at the next election.

2. "Blunkett's sight is to blame for immigration"

Liberal Conspiracy's Sunny Hundal draws attention to an outlandish claim made by the Telegraph columnist Melanie McDonagh: that David Blunkett would have limited immigration had he been able "to see what was happening".

3. McDonnell would like to revisit the 1980s and "assassinate Thatcher"

ConservativeHome reports on John McDonnell's claim that he would like to revisit the 1980s and "assassinate Thatcher".

4. Andy Burnham rejects Balls's plan on EU migration

Policy differences between the Labour leadership candidates are beginning to come to light. Paul Waugh discusses a difference of opinion between Andy Burnham and Ed Balls.

5. Cameron: fair pain for all except the elderly

The coalition has chosen to preserve perks for the elderly at the expense of everyone else, says the FT's Alex Barker.

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