CommentPlus: pick of the papers

The ten must-read pieces from this morning's papers.

1. If you don't like the voters, they won't like you (Times) (£)

Ed Miliband needs to win back the centre ground, says Daniel Finkelstein, but he won't succeed unless he knows what makes it tick.

2. Ed Miliband will say anything if it means getting into Downing St (Daily Telegraph)

Simon Heffer warns that Labour had better beware its new leader, because his only creed is expediency.

3. Forget about Ed's redness. The economy is the only game in town (Guardian)

Simon Jenkins points out that Osborne has taken an almighty gamble. If Britain double-dips into recession, Ed Miliband will hold all the cards.

4. Miliband must toughen up on cuts (Financial Times) (£)

Labour needs to show it is economically competent in bad times as well as good, writes Kitty Ussher, the director of Demos.

5. The limits of localism (Independent)

This leading article discusses Jeremy Hunt's plans to encourage local TV -- is the government actually promoting a narrow private interest?

6. Competition and confusion for local media (Guardian)

It's difficult to make sense of Jeremy Hunt's plans for local media, says Jane Martinson. Diversity of opinion will suffer.

7. Stop navel-gazing and admit something's wrong (Times) (£)

Ben Bernanke's defence of economics merely confirms that it is clinging to outdated and discredited theories, says Anatole Kaletsky.

8. David Cameron's Conservatives are mistaken if they believe they won the election (Daily Telegraph)

There are several reasons for the Conservatives' failure in the election campaign -- but being insufficiently right-wing isn't one of them, says Philip Cowley.

9. Harsh realities for North Korea's unseen heir (Financial Times) (£)

The Kim family has no choice now but to shelter under China's wing, writes Aidan Foster-Carter. It is the only country that can save North Korea from itself.

10. In the complex ecosystem of British arts, weeds are as important as trees (Guardian)

Charlotte Higgins says that the idea that the likes of Glyndebourne thrive without public money is dangerously simplistic with cuts in the offing.

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Jeremy Corbyn will stay on the Labour leadership ballot paper, judge rules

Labour donor Michael Foster had challenged the decision at the High Court.

The High Court has ruled that Jeremy Corbyn should be allowed to automatically run again for Labour leader after the decision of the party's National Executive Committee was challenged. 

Corbyn declared it a "waste of time" and an attempt to overturn the right of Labour members to choose their leader.

The decision ends the hope of some anti-Corbyn Labour members that he could be excluded from the contest altogether.

The legal challenge had been brought by Michael Foster, a Labour donor and former parliamentary candidate, who maintained he was simply seeking the views of experts.

But when the experts spoke, it was in Corbyn's favour. 

The ruling said: "Accordingly, the Judge accepted that the decision of the NEC was correct and that Mr Corbyn was entitled to be a candidate in the forthcoming election without the need for nominations."

This judgement was "wholly unaffected by political considerations", it added. 

Corbyn said: "I welcome the decision by the High Court to respect the democracy of the Labour Party.

"This has been a waste of time and resources when our party should be focused on holding the government to account.

"There should have been no question of the right of half a million Labour party members to choose their own leader being overturned. If anything, the aim should be to expand the number of voters in this election. I hope all candidates and supporters will reject any attempt to prolong this process, and that we can now proceed with the election in a comradely and respectful manner."

Iain McNicol, general secretary of the Labour Party, said: “We are delighted that the Court has upheld the authority and decision of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. 

“We will continue with the leadership election as agreed by the NEC."

If Corbyn had been excluded, he would have had to seek the nomination of 51 MPs, which would have been difficult since just 40 voted against the no confidence motion in him. He would therefore have been effectively excluded from running. 

Owen Smith, the candidate backed by rebel MPs, told the BBC earlier he believed Corbyn should stay on the ballot paper. 

He said after the judgement: “I’m pleased the court has done the right thing and ruled that Jeremy should be on the ballot. This now puts to bed any questions about the process, so we can get on with discussing the issues that really matter."

The news was greeted with celebration by Corbyn supporters.