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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Obama’s false choice: war-war or jaw-jaw (Financial Times)

War – cold or hot – against Russia is not an answer but neither is pointless discussion, says Philip Stephens. 

2. Does Boris belong in the zombie parliament? (Times)

Life is draining out of the Commons, writes Rafael Behr. The real action is elsewhere – with the likes of Nigel Farage and Alex Salmond.

3. £5m for the Barclays boss is disgusting. But so is £71 for the unemployed (Guardian)

Nearly 500 Barclays staff are paid more than £1m, writes Polly Toynbee. Meanwhile, those hit by the recession continue to suffer. This can't go on.

4. Strip banks of the power to create money (Financial Times)

The giant hole at the heart of our market economies needs to be plugged, writes Martin Wolf. 

5. Why the Tories care more about bins than Brussels (Daily Telegraph)

Conservatives are more interested in the local elections because they are thinking ahead to the 2015 campaign, says Isabel Hardman. 

6. The NHS needs a life-saving idea – how about a health tax? (Guardian)

We rail against general taxation yet clamour for the NHS to be replenished, writes Peter Wilby. What's needed is a bold solution.

7. Cameron’s green credentials are being blown away (Times)

The party’s position on wind farms is inconsistent with other energy policies, says Peter Franklin. 

8. Social media is now the biggest jihadi training camp of them all (Daily Telegraph)

Unable to control online radicalism, police have little option but to plead with Muslim women to dissuade their menfolk from enlisting, writes Fraser Nelson. 

9.  Pope John XXIII’s ‘missing’ second miracle is that he knew he was fallible (Independent)

Cardinals never know what will become of a cleric once he dons, Clark Kent-like, those papal robes, writes Peter Popham. 

10. Cornwall is far more than just a county - and now it’s official (Daily Telegraph)

This week’s decision not only recognises our glorious past, but offers hope for the future, says Petroc Trelawney. 

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A dozen defeated parliamentary candidates back Caroline Flint for deputy

Supporters of all the leadership candidates have rallied around Caroline Flint's bid to be deputy leader.

Twelve former parliamentary candidates have backed Caroline Flint's bid to become deputy leader in an open letter to the New Statesman. Dubbing the Don Valley MP a "fantastic campaigner", they explain that why despite backing different candidates for the leadership, they "are united in supporting Caroline Flint to be Labour's next deputy leader", who they describe as a "brilliant communicator and creative policy maker". 

Flint welcomed the endorsement, saying: "our candidates know better than most what it takes to win the sort of seats Labour must gain in order to win a general election, so I'm delighted to have their support.". She urged Labour to rebuild "not by lookin to the past, but by learning from the past", saying that "we must rediscover Labour's voice, especially in communities wher we do not have a Labour MP:".

The Flint campaign will hope that the endorsement provides a boost as the campaign enters its final days.

The full letter is below:

There is no route to Downing Street that does not run through the seats we fought for Labour at the General Election.

"We need a new leadership team that can win back Labour's lost voters.

Although we are backing different candidates to be Leader, we are united in supporting Caroline Flint to be Labour's next deputy leader.

Not only is Caroline a fantastic campaigner, who toured the country supporting Labour's candidates, she's also a brilliant communicator and creative policy maker, which is exactly what we need in our next deputy leader.

If Labour is to win the next election, it is vital that we pick a leadership team that doesn't just appeal to Labour Party members, but is capable of winning the General Election. Caroline Flint is our best hope of beating the Tories.

We urge Labour Party members and supporters to unite behind Caroline Flint and begin the process of rebuilding to win in 2020.

Jessica Asato (Norwich North), Will Straw (Rossendale and Darween), Nick Bent (Warrington South), Mike Le Surf (South Basildon and East Thurrock), Tris Osborne (Chatham and Aylesford), Victoria Groulef (Reading West), Jamie Hanley (Pudsey), Kevin McKeever (Northampton South), Joy Squires (Worcester), Paul Clark (Gillingham and Rainham), Patrick Hall (Bedford) and Mary Wimbury (Aberconwy)

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.