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Morning Call: pick of the papers

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

1. Ed Miliband will live or die on the altar of immigration (Daily Telegraph)

The Labour leader should resist the temptation to shift to the right to counter Ukip’s threat, says Mary Riddell. 

2. Cleanse Fifa of corruption by leaving it, not playing along (Guardian)

We've danced to Blatter's tune for too long, writes Simon Jenkins. Britain, the birthplace of football, should set up a rival body – if only we had the guts.

3. Cities make us happy: more power to them (Times)

If we want places such as Manchester and Cambridge to thrive, they need more control over their own destiny, says Daniel Finkelstein. 

4. The problem with hospitals (Independent)

If a few hospitals are in trouble financially, it’s their problem, writes Oliver Wright. But if lots of hospitals are...

5. Let's not savage Kirstie Allsopp for having a view on motherhood (Guardian)

Until we allow women the freedom that we give to men, they will continue to receive vitriol simply for speaking out, writes Zoe Williams.

6. A university education is priceless (Daily Telegraph)

It is impossible to put a value on eccentric dons, time-wasting and learning to think, says A. N. Wilson. 

7. US sets an example on climate change (Financial Times)

America’s measures to cut carbon emissions must lead to a global agreement, writes John Kerry.

8. The NHS: money matters (Guardian)

Talk of an existential crisis, repeated most recently by Labour veteran Frank Field, no longer looks alarmist, says a Guardian editorial. 

9. Bold reforms aid Mexico’s growth (Financial Times)

The spur has been big improvements in policy but also in governance, says Martin Wolf.

10. The odd couple who may just save the union (Times)

A peer and a kick-boxing Tory leader have plotted a middle way for Scots who want to vote No without feeling unpatriotic, writes Alice Thomson. 

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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.