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Hello. This is BBC News. In a few minutes, we will take a look at

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tomorrow's papers with our guests, David Akinsanya and Torcuil

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Crichton. Some of the front pages are already in. The Daily Mail leads

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on the trial involving TV chef Nigella Lawson and the claims that

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she allowed her daughter to smoke cannabis. The Independent describes

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Britain as the land of the homeless. It says numbers are rising sharply

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because of the Government's welfare reforms and the lack of affordable

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housing. The Express says that we are now the scrounging capital of

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Europe, as migrant beggars pocket up to ?36,000 a year on our streets.

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The Mirror claims that the mother of Baby P, Tracey Connelly, wants a

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gastric band operation on the NHS. The Telegraph leads on comments from

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the wife of Marine A, the Sergeant jailed for life for shooting a

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Taliban fighter. "It was war, not murder", she said. The Times has

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more on the row over university leaders endorsing voluntary

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segregation of men and women at guest events. And the FT says

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Beyonce is in tune with the digital age, after she released her album on

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iTunes with no pre-launch publicity. Now the weather forecast.

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Much clearer skies across the British Isles tonight. Colder than

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last night, which was exceptionally mild. The reason for the clearing

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skies, a ridge of high pressure to the south. It is this low we are

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focusing on in terms of the pressure chart coming in from the Atlantic on

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Saturday, bringing wet and windy weather. First thing on Saturday,

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clear skies but rather cold. Into the West, the wind picking up and

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the cloud moving in. Across northern England, plenty of sunshine to get

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the day underway. The Midlands, East Anglia and the south-east, too. With

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the breeze starting to lift, we will not have the mist and fog we saw in

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the previous week. For the South West of England and Wales, milder

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already, thanks to the south-westerly wind. Notice the

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numbers in the wind arrows. Already quite high. The wind will strengthen

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across the South West of England and Wales even before this weather front

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arrives. For Northern Ireland, a wet start to the day, plastered in

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torrential rain, moving into the West of Scotland, too, with wind

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strengthening. Through the day, widespread gales for Scotland and

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Northern Ireland, gusts of wind up to 70 mph, enough to do damage and

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potentially cause disruption. That whole system slowly moving

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south-east. We will not see wet weather into the south and east of

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England until after dark. Once the rain arrives, it will be pretty

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heavy. Scotland and Northern Ireland only have a brief break with more

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showers running through in the small hours. By dawn, a lot of sunshine

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across the British Isles on the whole, but to the south, the threat

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of the tale of the weather system bringing more rain on the afternoon

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of Sunday. More importantly, another low from the Atlantic approaching

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the north-west, looking like strong wind will be a problem for Scotland

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and Northern Ireland again on Sunday, potentially stronger than

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Saturday. For Scotland and Northern Ireland, a stormy outlook for the

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next couple of days. For England and Wales, relatively quiet.

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This is BBC News. We will be taking a look at the papers in a moment,

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but first the headlines: Amnesty International accuses EU

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states, including Britain, of failing to provide safe haven for

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the most vulnerable Syrian refugees as winter closes in, but David

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Cameron has defended the help that the UK has offered to those fleeing

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the civil war. Police in Colorado have responded to

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a shooting at a high school south of Denver. It is reported that a

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student with a grudge against the teacher shot and injured a fellow

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pupil before turning the gun on himself. One student confronted the

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armed student and was shot. That student has been transported in

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serious condition to a local hospital.

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One of Nigella Lawson's former personal assistants told a jury that

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both she and her ex-husband Charles Saatchi have been lying in court.

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One of the government's flagship free schools in West Sussex is

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ordered to close amid concerns about the standard of education it is

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offering. A small bomb has gone off near

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restaurants and bars in the centre of Belfast. No one was hurt. The

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Northern Ireland Secretary described the attack as deplorable.

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In Sportsday, we will hear from both teams ahead of the second day of the

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third Ashes Test in Perth. England need to find their best form

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quickly. Also, why Robin van Persie will miss

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Manchester United's next eight matches. The Christmas period is not

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the time to pick up an injury. We also look ahead to the Premier

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League this weekend, and there is rugby action from the Heineken Cup,

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and we will tell you how great written one gold medal at the world

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tae kwon do Grand Prix in Manchester. -- Great Britain's

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athlete. Welcome to our look ahead to what

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the papers will bring tomorrow. With us for the first time, David

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Akinsanya, broadcaster and campaigner, and Torcuil Crichton,

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Westminster editor of the daily record. You have got a season

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ticket! The Daily Mail leads on the trial

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involving TV chef Nigella Lawson and the claims that she allowed her

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daughter to smoke cannabis. The Independent describes Britain as the

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land of the homeless. It says numbers are rising sharply because

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of the Government's welfare reforms and the lack of affordable housing.

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The Express says that we are now the scrounging capital of Europe, as

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migrant beggars pocket up to ?36,000 a year on our streets. The Mirror

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claims that the mother of Baby P, Tracey Connelly, wants a gastric

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band operation on the NHS. The Telegraph leads on comments from the

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wife of Marine A, the Sergeant jailed for life for shooting a

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Taliban fighter. "It was war, not murder", she said. The Times has

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more on the row over university leaders endorsing voluntary

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segregation of men and women at guest events. And the FT says

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Beyonce is in tune with the digital age, after she released her album on

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iTunes with no pre-launch publicity. Let's make a start, and we begin

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with the Daily Mail and the headline, Nigella let the children

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smoke cannabis. Torcuil Crichton, this is another day of extraordinary

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evidence in this case. We have to remember this is a court case for

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fraud of the Grillos sisters, Elisabetta and Francesca, who

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allegedly differ ordered Nigella and Charles Saatchi of ?685,000. --

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defrauded. One of them has alleged that Nigella let the children smoke

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cannabis, and that she was allowed to buy cigarettes for the underage

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children at New York airport. Perfect fodder for the front pages.

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It has been a drip, drip. There has been so much we have learned, not

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about the court case but about the couple. That is pretty much what the

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public want to know about really. It is a good one for talking over your

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toast in the morning and for the Daily Mail, it is great, because it

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throws up a dilemma for middle-class parents. Do you let them smoked dope

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in the house, or in the street? This is all reported from the court case,

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having been aired in court. That is the difficulty that Nigella Lawson

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and Charles Saatchi have become the focus, rather than the Grillos

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sisters. The Daily Telegraph has a clutch of stories for us tonight.

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Charles Saatchi again. Another piece of evidence that we heard at

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Isleworth Crown Court today was about his book sales. I think this

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is hilarious. It says he was sending them out with ?200 in cash three

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times a week to buy his book so that it would be elevated in the ratings.

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I think that is hilarious. I wonder if many people who have books do

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that. If you have that much money. You also have to send out to send

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out to buy a shed to keep the books in. What would you do with them?

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Give them away at Christmas. It was war, not murder, says the wife of

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Marine A. Sergeant Alexander Blackman, who we only knew as Marine

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A to begin with, and then the anonymity was lifted. This was his

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wife talking about the fact that he was jailed for executing the wounded

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Taliban fighter but he is not a murderer, and he reacted in a moment

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of madness, something he regrets but he has been sent to prison. Murder

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is murder. It is unfortunate. We train people to go and kill people

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and this is what has happened. It is a difficult situation. We have heard

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him, seen the video evidence and heard it, and it is murder. I know

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there has been loads of support for him and it is a really tricky

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subject. The case was some time ago and the controversy carries on. This

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is an interview with his wife. She has spoken through lawyers before

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but this is heard talking now. He is full of remorse and she thinks a

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life sentence was too severe. It was war, she says. But we have seen the

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video evidence, the jury saw the video evidence and heard the audio

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evidence as well, in which he said himself that he was breaking the

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Geneva Convention. 41,000 people have written to Downing Street

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saying that they support him and they do not think it was a fair

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sentence. The suggestion is that in a theatre of war, when you are under

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that amount of Russia, but the video evidence was accepted in court and

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that was the basis of the sentence. -- that amount of pressure. We will

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never know what it was like to be there, when your life is under

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threat. But they are highly trained soldiers, professionals. We heard

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from the audio evidence that he seemed to know quite deliberately

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what he was doing when he shot this man in the chest. You hear lots of

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instances of things in war, rape, and all sorts of crimes go up when

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there is a war going on. It is one of those things. I could never

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personally kill someone, so I would never go into the Army. I don't

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think I could do it. Once you have been trained and you have done it a

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few times, maybe it comes easy. I don't know. Sometimes it is what you

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are called upon to do. The other story, block migrants from poorer EU

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countries, urges the PM. Stories like this have been in the headlines

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a lot recently, connected to benefits, which is a real talking

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point at the moment. We will hear a lot more about them because Romania

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and Bulgaria get the chance to come and live in Britain and check -- and

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to claim benefits, if they have stayed here for some time. The

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government is tightening up on this because they know it will be a key

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election issue, immigration, in 2015. But they are running into

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trouble with the EU. Handy Aryan EU commissioner claims again that this

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is turning Britain into a nasty country. -- the hunger Aryan. There

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is a suggestion that immigration should be restricted so only people

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from countries with similar economic strength. How do you assess that?

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That is not what the EU is about. I know many who have benefited from

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cheaper properties in Bulgaria. It is a pillar destination for people

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to buy property. We have to understand there are lots of

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benefits we get out of Europe. Pensioners who live in Spain and get

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free health care. There are also economic benefits from Eastern

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European migration. Not just the economy growing, but skilled

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professional people who help in our homes and every public service. But

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is it an indication, do you think, of how David Cameron is going to try

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to renegotiate our relationship with the EU? We have been hearing he is

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going to do this for a long time. That is down the road, after the

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next election. What is in front of them is 2015, focus groups and

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polling telling him immigration is a key concern for voters. All

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politicians have to be seen to react to that. Several times in the last

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few months, various Labour politicians have admitted that they

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got it wrong on immigration. They are all trying to set the record

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straight. They are trying to get themselves into position for the

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fact that there is an election coming and people are passionate

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about this. They do not want Nigel Farage and the other parties to take

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votes away from them, I suppose. He is quite quiet at the moment. UKIP

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have not been quoted in these articles. I am sure he is not

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quiet, but we have just not heard what he has said. I think he has had

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a back operation. I am sure he will bounce back and UKIP will bounce up

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in the polls as the European elections, in May. A related story

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in the Daily Express, with the headline, migrant beggars on ?36,000

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a year, why Britain is now the scrounging capital of Europe. Rich

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pickings to be had, if they are to be believed. I have seen this story

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over the years. I remember stories about beggars earning ?36,000,

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?50,000. In fact, a newspaper followed someone begging on the

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street and saw him get into his Lashkar and drive off. That is a

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story we have heard before. # his flash car. There is a lot of

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hysteria around Bulgarians and Rumanian 's. This is happening in

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January. They are saying they are targeting sympathetic shoppers. And

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they are really begging on the streets. Hysteria, concern, and

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newspapers will want to feed into the concerns of their readers. I

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don't really rate this story. The next thing as the weather stories!

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There is actually bad weather on the way as well this weekend, so we

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could have put that on the front pages. Moving on to the Independent.

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Britain, land of the homeless. This is a story based around a report by

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the Joseph Rowntree foundation, suggesting there has been an

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increase in homelessness in various parts of the UK. It is from the

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political editor, who is always solid on these things. It is an

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annual report that shows that homelessness has gone up 6% in

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England this year, and over 60% in London in the last two years. That

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is the hard statistics, but you feel that anecdotally, you remember the

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80s when there were beggars on the streets of London, and then they

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went away, and now they are back. Being blamed if the government's

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welfare policy. I work with young people who go through the care

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system, and a lot of the hostels - they used to be places under Ken

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Livingstone where tramps and vagrants could go and wash and shave

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and get their clothes washed. All of those projects have been closed

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down. It is hardly surprising we are visually seeing it on the street.

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Coming here tonight, I saw a lot more people sleeping in doorways

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that I have done for a while. This report specifically blames it on

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welfare, things like the bedroom tax. Things causing a squeeze on the

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private sector, and consequently, people have nowhere to go. We all

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saw those headlines of those families living in ?500,000 houses,

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in wealthier areas, on benefits. That appeal to lots of people, the

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idea of clamping down on that, and allowing people to live in houses

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they could never afford if they had a job. If you happen to be a

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resident in Islington or Chelsea, if that is where you were born and grew

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up, there is no reason you shouldn't stay there. People are being moved

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from those errors, being moved out to Dagenham and Essex and other

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areas. Some people would say that they can't afford to live in those

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areas. But do we want a city that is exclusively for people with money?

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We have always had mixed dwellings in London. This report is not just

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about London. It mentions the Midlands and the North as well,

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where people are falling into rent arrears. What is the number -- what

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is the answer then, apart from spending more money? Public housing.

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It is one of these virtuous economic circles, where if you build the

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houses, you pay people, they pay taxes, the economy gets better...

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Even for the people who want to buy, it is a sellers market in London at

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the moment. Even those who want to buy a finding it hard to get on the

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housing ladder in London. Some very interesting stories tonight. We will

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have some more later. Stay with us here on BBC News, because coming up

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at 11 o'clock, we have more on the criticism that is being heaped on

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the UK and other EU countries for their pitiful response to the Syria

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refugee crisis. Coming up, the sport.

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Hello, and welcome to Sportsday. I'm James Pearce.

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Life's not getting much better for England's cricketers. They're

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heading into the second day of the third Test in a familiar position -

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