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Jim Pickard

FT sketchwriter Matthew Engel and I discussed over breakfast the best way for David Miliband to bow out; which now seems 99 per cent likely. Does he do a speech? A written statement? Some kind of pooled TV interview?

The former carries the risk of him overshadowing Ed once again. The second option may not be sufficient to satisfy the media hunger. So we are presuming the third option some time this afternoon – no doubt near the 5pm deadline by which time MPs have to say whether they are running for the shadow cabinet. Read more

An anxious autumn is Labour’s yet to lose — Philip Stephens/FT
Cameron rejects talk of an election pact – FT
Don’t expect to see David Miliband marching with strikers — FT
Three quarters of voters reject coalition cuts message — The Times (£)
Have the union members really been voting for Ed? – John Rentoul
More insights on the Labour YouGov poll — UK Polling Report
A paean to Anne Widdecombe, Queen of Dance — The Guardian

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Electoral reformers face uphill sruggle – FT
Cameron’s fresh EU rebate battle – FT
Phone hacking inquiry was abandoned to avoid upsetting police – Guardian
Bookies give Coulson 88% chance of leaving before Tory party conference – Smarkets
Ed Balls, political hero – Mary Riddell, The Telegraph
Statesman in shorter trousers hit by a noxious cloud of mockery – The Times (£)
Four in 10 Lib Dems would not vote for them again – The Independent

Kiran Stacey

Pre-budget report to be ditched – FT
CBI warns over university cuts – FT
Pickles and Cable calm business fears over RDA replacements – FT
A Heathite lurks behind the Big Society – Tristram Hunt, FT
Met could reopen phone hacking case – The Independent/PA
Yates: Met will look at fresh phone-hacking evidence – Guardian
Gove wants baccalaureate for England – Guardian
Gulf widens in leadership battle between Milibands – The Times (£)
Lib Dems ‘biggest losers in boundary dispute’ – The TImes (£)
Dannatt fury at MoD – The Telegraph

Jim Pickard

It is, of course, entirely co-incidental that Gordon Brown has announced his plans for the future today: just hours after Tony Blair, the yin to his yang, published his autobiography. (Which is apparently flying off the shelves).

Brown will be doing lots of charity stuff – for free – including education work for Africa. The rather sober note struck by Mr Brown is surely not a deliberate attempt to remind the public that he, unlike some, is not a jet-setting millionaire?

He says he will be doing public speaking in the USA, but this will be to fund his charitable work. He has set up something called the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown to pay for staffing costs.

(Incidentally, we asked Ed Balls if his old mentor could come back to the shadow cabinet doing international development; not in a million years was the gist of his response.)

Here is the Press Association:

Gordon Brown announced his plans for the coming months today, including working to increase global access to education and boosting internet use in Africa. The former prime minister will join the Global Campaign for Education’s High Level Panel on Education for All and will work to secure economic justice in  Read more

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George Osborne’s Budget was not progressive, says IFS – FT
David Cameron is in danger of turning into a “Heathite” - Bruce Anderson, FT
How John Bercow will sit in judgment over civil service redundancy payments – FT
Politicians should stay clear of rich donors – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail
Clegg faces rough ride at Lib Dem conference – Nick Watt, Guardian

David Mililband makes his pitch to British industry — FT
Will Cameron dare follow through with localism? — Tony Travers/FT
Three cheers for the postcode lottery — Tim Harford/FT
100 things you may not (need) to know about coalition — Sam Coates/Times (£)
Cameron won’t repeat Thatcher’s mistake of acting too slowly — The Sun
‘You may as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb‘ — Jonathan Freedland/Guardian
The price the Tories pay for a coalition -- Tim Montgomerie
The Lib Dems aren’t on 8 per cent, yet — Anthony Wells
Margaret Thatcher, Vince’s hero - FT Notebook

Treasury drumbeat sets the Whitehall tempo — FT
New MPs set out with confidence — FT
Cable thrilled as Monaco based Sir Philip Green joins coalition — FT Blog
Cameron coalition is an ideas test-tube for the West — The Economist
A graduate tax is bad for students and parents — John O’Leary/Times (£)
Better than evens chance of Israel bombing Iran this year — Spectator
Some charts to explain inflation to John Redwood — Spectator
Sunshine Dave wants to move clocks forward — The Sun

Cameron must learn the lessons of New Labour — Matthew Taylor/FT
Fears of double dip recession as Fed downgrades growth — FT
UK near the top of economic gloom league — FT
Time to tame the erratic Bank of England — John Redwood
Difficult cut? Take it to the Downing Street appeal court — Bagehot
Make the children pay for their milk — Ann Widdecombe
How the Labour leadership candidates became MPs — Labour Uncut
Never pay spooks or credit agencies for results — Kings of War

Jim Pickard

The debate is already underway across Twitter and the blogosphere after David Cameron described himself as “middle class”* during his PM Direct event this afternoon.

Many will be surprised by this comment given that Cameron is an old Etonian, former Oxford student, prime minister, descendant of MPs – and ultimately of William IV – and husband of an aristocrat. He admitted earlier this year that he had had a “very posh, very privileged upbringing.”

Is this the final proof of the classless society? (It was John Prescott – the former ship steward turned deputy prime minister – who famously said in 1997 that “we are all middle class now“.) Read more

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Employers group calls for ban on strikes in vital public services – Sky
Unison up in arms about “privatisation” within the NHS - Guardian
Taxpayer to make a profit from insuring RBS against catastrophe – Robert Peston, BBC
More BSF schools to be axed – Paul Waugh