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The five must-read blogs from today including shadow cabinet elections, Chagos and the Whitehall das

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1. The Shadow Cabinet steeplechase: runners and riders

Next Left's Sunder Katwala has a comprehensive guide to who's who in the shadow cabinet race.

2. Vince Cable "should apologise" over Chagos letter

Political Scrapbook reports on demands for Vince Cable to apologise after his office retracted a letter promising to drop the government's case against the Chagos Islanders.

3. Rwanda condemns UN report on Congo 'genocide'

Lindsey Hilsum blogs on a UN report that calls the legitimacy of the much-lauded Rwandan president Paul Kagame into question.

4. The Whitehall dash for the exit

Paul Waugh reports on the huge demand for voluntary redundancy and early retirement across Whitehall.

5. Britain second only to US in terms of academic research

Should the coalition think again about its higher education cuts? Left Foot Forward nots that the UK is second only to the US for academic research.