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The five must-read blogs from today including the Balls/Cooper conundrum and Ed Miliband's atheism.

1. When Brown beat Blair in an election

Coffee House's Peter Hoskin looks back at the results of previous shadow cabinet elections and discovers that Gordon Brown topped the poll in 1992.

2. The Balls/Cooper conundrum

Paul Waugh asks whether Ed Balls or Yvette Cooper will come out on top in the battle for the shadow chancellorship.

3. 10 things I've learned at the Labour conference

Andrew Sparrow shares his observations from Manchester about the state of the party, and what the immediate future holds.

4. Ed Miliband is atheist - so what?

At Though Cowards Flinch, Carl P says that athiests and believers alike are wrong to draw significance from Ed Miliband's views on God.

5. A murky deal in the Labour leadership vote

Newsnight's Michael Crick uncovers details of a late deal between supporters of Ed Balls and Ed Miliband.

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