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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be

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With me are Jason Beattie, head of politics at the Mirror,

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and Tim Shipman, political editor at the Sunday Times.

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The Express features the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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who saw their visit to Paris overshadowed by the

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The Royals "continued defiantly with their

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The Sunday Times also pictures the Duchess of Cambridge,

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but its main story is that alleged rape victims will be spared

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cross-examination in court, under new reforms announced

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The Mail goes it alone with a controversial call

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from a retired doctor for women to be able to terminate a pregnancy

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The Telegraph says new evidence has emerged over claims that a pregnancy

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testing drug has been linked to birth defects in

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We'll come to court in a minute. Let's start with the express. An

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exclusive from Caroline Wheeler suggesting there may be a snap

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general election, hold on a medic, Theresa May has always said she

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doesn't want it. And she has even given a date. As you know, there are

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all sorts of obstacles before we can even think about a general election

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matters because of the fixed term parliament act introduced by David

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Cameron, she has to get two thirds of an MP who agreed -- to agree. And

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Downing Street has been fully assistant that it does not want to

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go early to look holes. The big card, Theresa May has up heard

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sleeve, if things go wrong with Brexit, then we comply a general

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election card. Why do it now? But there are many things to attract her

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to it. This is a fantastic story. I spoke to use people in Downing

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Street to said, we are not doing it, the Prime Minister is absolutely

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firm in this, and yet, what Caroline has got tonight, art text between

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senior members of the party, speculating about it. There are many

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reasons why they might. They have 20 MPs under investigation, there might

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be by-elections reruns if they are found to be breaking their spending

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rules. Nicola Sturgeon is kicking off about another referendum. It is

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hard to see the SNP doing as well as they did last time, they won all but

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two seats, if they retreated a bit, it would Emad the Gulf for

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independence to go ahead. And Theresa May is having to bow down to

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backbenchers whenever they complain about anything. It is that she

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impossible to get a tax rise on anything now. If ten Tory

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backbenchers decide they don't like a policy, it doesn't happen. If you

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have a general election, she would inevitably have a massive majority.

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Inevitably? It looks that labels top Labour's internal polling suggests

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they could lose 50 seats. Theresa May's people say that voters have a

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way of punishing the party that is illiberal itself. If they call a

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general election just to get a bigger majority, there is a danger

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voters will punish them. Well MPs vote for this? A lot of MPs are

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always resistant to this because they wonder however big their

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majorities are whether they will still hold onto their seats. If it

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is going to be me the fourth, they should get a move on. I think the

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theory is Theresa May will trickle -- trigger Article 50 in the last

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week of March, possibly Wednesday the 29th, five weeks before May the

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4th, that is about when you call a general election as well. I don't

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expect them to do it but it is interesting that senior people are

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talking about it. The Star Wars date, May the 4th. The Telegraph,

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where we are looking here. Hammond faces mutiny from Brexit ministers.

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What they cross about? They across they haven't got enough civil

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servants in that department. Having told us repeatedly they are well

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staffed, they have all the officials they need, to help us past Article

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50, now they are saying they need more staff and more money and dark

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upset about the 6% departmental budget cuts the Chancellor is tried

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get through. This is the first thing that Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and

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David Davies have agreed about in six months, that they all want more

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money. There is this additional pressure of their and this came

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about when they did the U-turn on the national age as contributions,

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it was partly a Brexiteer trying to destabilise and weekend the one to

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lasting Remainer in Cabinet. They see him as the block and then trying

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to get the Brexit they want because he is the realist. He keeps saying,

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come down to earth, guys, this is what it is going to be like.

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Anything they can do to undermine Hammond, they will do. There was

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concern immediately after the referendum result that there were

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not be enough people that was killed in trained negotiations. Well, we

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haven't done if for 40 years. Most countries outside the EU have dozens

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of these people. We are trying to hire them. We are tried to pay large

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amounts of money to foreign experts to tell us how to do it. And the

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civil wing of the civil servants, amazingly, they have included that

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they need 30% more civil servants weeks after Brexit and we are still

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not there. The Sunday Times, how many bylines have you got this week

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on the French page, Tim? -- the front page. Just the two. Osborne

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scuppers second jobs for MPs. He's got about six jobs. Why is this a

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problem? What we have got this evening is the chairman of the

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committee on standards in public life who is taking a dim view of Mr

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Bourne getting all this money for all these jobs. He is investigating

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this and they are saying they will hold a meeting on Thursday and open

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investigation into second jobs. It turns out the parliamentary sleaze

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committee which is a pal of a bunch of MPs are also writing and M --

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report on second jobs which is looking at banning MPs from doing

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anything out side of the hours that Parliament sits which would pretty

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much do it for George Osborne. He has already been reported to see

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whether he has broken a code of conduct with what he is doing. And

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Iain Duncan Smith has been caught out comparing him to Gordon gecko

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with the motif, greed is good. So not a great evening for Mr Osborne,

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who appears desperate, from the friends I have spoken today, the

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Klingon. As an MP. Yes, with all the money and that jobs, but I think he

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will get a rude awakening in Parliament. Other MPs might have a

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little earner on the side but to the tuna of 20,000. There is an MP who

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is a lawyer down in Devon but he doesn't quite as much as Mr Osborne.

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Is it just the money? I have some sympathy with MPs because it is a

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typical Lord implement. A lot of MPs right for the Daily Mirror and

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sometimes we pay them to do that. Are we going to say that as a second

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job? Are we going to stop MPs writing for us. The charitable

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concern. And Johnson has written excellent books. It is difficult to

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say, you have a blanket ban on any outside interests. What Osborne has

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done has slightly taken the Mickey here by taking every job going. Next

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week, he will be presenting. We were saying, if he was a newspaper

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editor, we could have him here. I am sure you will get full coverage of

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this lorry when he becomes the editor. If the MPs earn a few quid

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here and there, the whole thing will be spoilt by George taking the

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Mickey. It would be an easy thing for him to do, to lose the ?74,000

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from being an MP. That would be painful for him to do because he

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doesn't want to lose his position in Parliament. He is keen to have some

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fun, make some money, friends say determined to throw himself at this

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and prove he's a good newspaper editor, he likes to be good at

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everything. But if Theresa May falls under a us, George Osborne wants to

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be in Parliament, in case he is required to pick up the pieces.

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Staying with the Sunday Times, rape victims to be spared court ordeal

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and a new Lord to ban grooming of children. There was a bill going

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through on Monday, the second reading of the bill on courts and

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prisons, and we have an interview with the Justice Secretary and she

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is saying they have done trials with child sex cases where you allow the

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victim and vulnerable witnesses to give evidence outside of the court

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room on video, they get cost examined and video --

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cross-examined, and this speeds up guilty pleas, it hasn't raised the

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conviction rate at the defence lawyers look at the evidence and

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realise they won't get off and its speeds things up and reduces former

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for the victims. They are going to roll this out for adult rape trials

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and sex offences. And they hope that will lessen that former for some of

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these allegedly teams. I'm surprised we need a new law that bans the

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grooming of children. This is one of these examples where technology is

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overtaking where existing laws are. Anything that lessens the form of

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rape victims must be a good thing. They are awful cases where Reykjavik

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teams have appeared in court -- rape victims, and the alleged offender

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wearing exactly the same close they were wearing when they committed the

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crime. -- same clothes. It has been complained about for a long time.

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The Independent, Scotland split over referendum before Brexit. Nicola

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Sturgeon is let -- yet to win support for an early vote. You have

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to be sure of your numbers. I'm not surprised by this is Rory. What

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people think about this, they found out that three years ago, the

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country was split, and three years on, they conduct a poll and find the

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same thing. What is Nicola Sturgeon doing? She wouldn't want to do this

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She has stuck herself into quite a She has stuck herself into quite a

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whole. She is under Russia from people in her own party to move

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things are little quicker. -- pressure. The more you up the

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rhetoric, the more it you have to look like you are doing something.

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People who know her well know she has a massive balancing act on her

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hands and she has looked like she is going for a referendum whilst not

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really going for a referendum. They were saying, yes we must have this,

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and the will of the Scottish people must be respected, but we will talk

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about that timing, so, yes, the will of the Scottish Parliament will be

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respected, but will it be respected in 2018 or 2021? I think there is

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evidence that whispers to will be able to resist this for quite some

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time because of polls like this that show a lot of people in Scotland

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haven't changed their minds on where they were before and a lot of people

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really hate it -- hated the referendum process. This was a lump

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of thing. We are obsessed with Brexit in England but most people

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who have spent time covering Brexit and who followed what happened in

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Scotland said it was much uglier in Scotland, families were divided, a

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lot of people don't want to go through that again. Until the polls

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show there is a real groundswell, Nicola Sturgeon is basically doing

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internal party management rather than responding to a national will

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that says we must either referendum. Sunday Telegraph again, stop

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repressing Cornwall, the English have been warned. The Council of

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Europe has finally recognised the importance of Cornwall, and my whole

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family live in a tiny village in Cornwall and in favour of this. The

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fact that we're not Devon, that is important. The fact that we now have

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two make-up cream tea. It is extraordinary that you do jam and

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then put cream on top, that is the correct way. And in Devon, it is the

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cream first? Yes, they backwards. Apologies to people in Devon. How

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can we help bolster Cornwall? Eat more Pastis. You wonder whether

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there will be a referendum in court as well to break away from the

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people of Devon. That is it that the papers this hour. I am sure it is

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fine if you put the cream on a first. Jason and Tim will be back

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later with another look at the front pages but first of all, Reporters.

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