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The five must-reads posts from today, on the unions, Ed Balls and Oona King’s mayoral campaign.

1. How unions could play deciding role in Labour leadership

The Guardian's Patrick Wintour looks at which Labour leadership candidate is likely to win the most support from the trade unions.

2. The case against Ed Balls

Tom Bage of Labour Uncut responds to Kerry McCarthy's Staggers post, arguing that Balls is perceived as being more directly implicated in the bitter battles of the Brown-Blair era than the other candidates.

3. An electoral problem

As new data shows how many young Lib Dems failed to vote, Mark Pack explores ways for the party to improve this state of affairs.

4. Oona King unveils strong support against Ken

With two days left until nominations for Labour's London mayoral candidate close, Oona King has revealed that she is backed by 11 MPs across the capital. Sunny Hundal has the details.

5. Ireland: United it stands?

Jon Snow wonders whether the burgeoning nationalist middle class in Northern Ireland would actually vote to unite with the south.

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