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The five must-read blogs from today, including why Cameron won't abandon his NHS reforms.

1. David Cameron has shed too much blood to back down on health reform

The PM met with Nick Clegg and Andrew Lansley yesterday, and they agreed to press on, reveals the Telegraph's Benedict Brogan.

2. Should Labour be doing better?

The drift of Lib Dem support to Labour could yet prove enough for the party to win, says UK Polling Report's Anthony Wells.

3. Where has the pro-EU camp gone?

Even Britain's pro-EU institutions have become increasingly Eurosceptic, notes Daniel Korski at Coffee House.

4. Blaming the Victims of Inequality

Paul Krugman argues that the sudden fuss about values is a distraction from the issue of soaring incomes at the top.

5. More cutbacks mean more riots?

At Next Left, Peter Taylor-Gooby says there is a direct link between the cuts and social disorder.

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Boris Johnson pulls out of the Conservative leadership race

Boris Johnson has stunned Westminster by pulling out of the race to be David Cameron's successor. 

Boris Johnson will not run to be Conservative leader, the former Mayor of London has announced. 

Johnson's campaign, who started the race as the early frontrunner, was rocked by a series of body blows over the last 24 hours. A series of polls showed him trailing Theresa May both among the public and Conservative members, while the entry of Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary, into the race, imperilled his standing among members. 

The contest will now be between Gove, May, Stephen Crabb, Andrea Leadsom, and Liam Fox. 

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics.