Web Only: the best of the blogs

The five must-read blogs from today on Ed Miliband, the coalition negotiations and worklessness.

1. Ed Miliband's three left-wing problems

Liberal Conspiracy's Sunny Hundal details the three problems Ed Miliband faces from the left.

2. Did the Lib Dems ever want a coalition with Labour?

The FT's Jim Pickard looks at we learned from David Laws and Lord Adonis's select committee evidence on the coalition negotiations.

3. Labour's universal discomfort

The reason southern voters don't like Labour is because the electorate as a whole doesn't, says Philip Cowley at Left Foot Forward.

4. Tony Lloyd re-elected unopposed as chair of the PLP

Labour Uncut notes that Tony Lloyd has been re-elected as chair of the PLP and says he will be "pivotal to Miliband".

5. Worklessness - was it really the last government's scandal?

At the Touchstone blog, Richard Exell rebuts claims that the last Labour government abandoned people to a life on benefits.

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The Deep Dive podcast: Mandates and Manifestos

The New Statesman's Deep Dive podcast.

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises.

Plus: Rant or Rave? Find out which podcasts have had our hosts on tenterhooks.

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