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The five must-read blogs from today, including why AV would hurt the BNP and a very angry Lib Dem sp

1. AV: No BNP

At the Disraeli Room, Alan Riley says the adoption of AV would raise the electoral barriers to the far right.

2. Ed Miliband: damn right he's not a Bennite

Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Dave Osler says Miliband should have been a little more polite in his disavowal of Tony Benn.

3. The voters who list up to 80 candidates in order of preference

The FT's Jim Pickard reports that in some Australian states, voters can list up to 80 candidates in order of preference.

4. Is Nick Clegg going off meeting the voters?

The Telegraph's James Kirkup asks if Clegg is running scared of the media. Journalists are no longer given full access to his town-hall-style meetings.

5. Top Lib Dem spin doctor Phil Reilly loses temper with sarcastic Twitter rant

Political Scrapbook draws attention to a slightly less-than-professional tweet from Lib Dem HQ lambasting Ed Miliband.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.