Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today, on the Tory right, Ed Miliband and Charles Kennedy.

1. Cameron says lurch to the right won't win Tory majority

Paul Waugh on how the Prime Minister told a group of defeated parliamentary candidates that the new politics is here to stay.

2. Charles Kennedy's division lobby absenteeism

Political Scrapbook gives details of the parliamentary votes from which Charles Kennedy has been abstaining.

3. Evidence that second preferences benefit Ed Miliband

At Left Foot Forward, Robert Robinson blogs on a new survey by the Socialist Health Association suggesting that second-preference votes will allow Ed Miliband to win the Labour leadership.

4. Official: 4,500 new Lib Dem members have joined party since election and coalition agreement

Liberal Democrat Voice's Stephen Tall reports that party membership is up 14 per cent this year.

5. Ed Balls to appear on "How to Look Good Naked"

Finally, over at LabourList, Mark Ferguson reports that Balls is to appear on the hit TV show How to Look Good Naked. Yvette must be so pleased . . .

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The New Statesman Cover: The revenge of the left

A first look at this week's magazine.

22 - 28 September issue
The revenge of the left