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The five must-read blogs from today, including Boris Johnson, the Iraq inquiry and Trident.

1. Is Boris engaged in a bid to raise his profile?

As Boris Johnson prepares to challenge cuts to London's £7bn budget, the FT's Jim Pickard reports that the mayor has told his team he needs some "new" campaigns to raise his profile.

2. Peter Mandelson's tell-not-quite-all memoirs

The Economist's Bagehot says the surprising thing about Mandelson's memoirs is how closely the "inside" account matches the account already familiar from the press.

3. The man behind the Iraq inquiry

Paul Waugh explains why, without the former UN diplomat Carne Ross, the Iraq inquiry may never have happened at all.

4. What next on Trident?

Liberal Democrat Voice's Mark Pack says Trident's future is still up in the air, but there's a welcome emphasis on the role non-nuclear forces need to play.

5. Diane Abbott launches new hyper-visual website

At LabourList, Alex Smith reports on the launch of the leadership candidate's "stylish and very visual" new website.

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