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The five must-read posts from today, including Jon Cruddas, and the odds on the next Labour leader.

1. Labour turns its back on Scotland

Benedict Brogan comments on the fact that there might be only one Scot in the shadow cabinet -- an unexpected consquence.

2. Ten things we learned from Andrew Rawnsley's interview with Jon Cruddas

Rawnsley interviewed the leftwing MP at a Labour conference fringe event last night. The Guardian's Polly Curtis spells out what the interview revealed.

3. HenryG's top tips for EdM's successor

Believe it or not, Ladbrokes has already priced up its market for the next Labour leader. Political Betting summarises the odds.

4. Why the UK is entering the economic danger zone

Liberal Conspiracy's Duncan Weldon discusses figures that show a strong recovery built on fragile foundations -- foundations that Osborne is about to demolish.

5. Davis joins Miliband with warning on growth

Over at Left Foot Forward, Will Straw notes that David David has expressed a similar aim Ed Miliband, though they differ on methodology.

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Jeremy Corbyn fans are getting extremely angry at the wrong Michael Foster

He didn't try to block the Labour leader off a ballot. He's just against hunting with dogs. 

Michael Foster was a Labour MP for Worcester from 1997 to 2010, where he was best known for trying to ban hunting with dogs. After losing his seat to Tory Robin Walker, he settled back into private life.

He quietly worked for a charity, and then a trade association. That is, until his doppelganger tried to get Jeremy Corbyn struck off the ballot paper. 

The Labour donor Michael Foster challenged Labour's National Executive Committee's decision to let Corbyn automatically run for leadership in court. He lost his bid, and Corbyn supporters celebrated.

And some of the most jubilant decided to tell Foster where to go. 

Foster told The Staggers he had received aggressive tweets: "I have had my photograph in the online edition of The Sun with the story. I had to ring them up and suggest they take it down. It is quite a common name."

Indeed, Michael Foster is such a common name that there were two Labour MPs with that name between 1997 and 2010. The other was Michael Jabez Foster, MP for Hastings and Rye. 

One senior Labour MP rang the Worcester Michael Foster up this week, believing he was the donor. 

Foster explained: "When I said I wasn't him, then he began to talk about the time he spent in Hastings with me which was the other Michael Foster."

Having two Michael Fosters in Parliament at the same time (the donor Michael Foster was never an MP) could sometimes prove useful. 

Foster said: "When I took the bill forward to ban hunting, he used to get quite a few of my death threats.

"Once I paid his pension - it came out of my salary."

Foster has never met the donor Michael Foster. An Owen Smith supporter, he admits "part of me" would have been pleased if he had managed to block Corbyn from the ballot paper, but believes it could have caused problems down the line.

He does however have a warning for Corbyn supporters: "If Jeremy wins, a place like Worcester will never have a Labour MP.

"I say that having years of working in the constituency. And Worcester has to be won by Labour as part of that tranche of seats to enable it to form a government."