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latest from Lewis Hamilton and the crash he had interesting today.

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That's all from Sportsday in 15 minutes after the papers.

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

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bringing us tomorrow. With me are Peter Kellner, chairman of the

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pollster Yougov, and political commentator Lance Price. Let's have

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a look at some of the pages now. The Independent features a picture of

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flood water on the Somerset Levels. The caption says "how Defra ignored

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the warnings of flood disaster to save money". The paper also has the

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latest from the phone hacking trial. The front page of the Telegraph

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shows a picture of France's former first lady Valerie Trierweiler in

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India.The paper leads though on its report that the number of elderly

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patients having to go into A - has doubled in five years - because of a

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lack of confidence in out-of-hours GPs. The paper leads on the report

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that the number of elderly patients going into A has doubled in the

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last five years was of a lack of confidence in GPs.

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The Financial Times leads on revelations from Barclays bank that

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its chief executive intends closing a quarter of its UK branches. The

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whole front page of the Daily Mail is dedicated to the outrage being

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felt by flood victims who feel they've been abandoned to the

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elements by officials. The Metro reports that drinking too much

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increases your risk of developing a particularly deadly form of skin

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cancer. A strong image on the cover of the Guardian of an Afghan child

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refugee - it's lead story, though, reports that MPs have received legal

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advice warning that mass spying programmes by GCHQ are "probably

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illegal". Finally, the Daily Mirror claims Scotland Yard detectives

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investigation the Madeleine McCann abduction are set to arrest three

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men. We are going to start with the

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Independent. The stories about the Syrian refugees, and there was

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pressure building on the Government but even Nigel Farage. Yes, over

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Christmas he said he thought Britain should take its share. The Deputy

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Prime Minister is trailing the story. Whether it will take its

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share, I think we are taking a share, a pretty small share compared

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to some of our European partners, which is not to take away from the

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efforts that the UK government are quite rightly making to help

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refugees in the region, and a lot of the refugees are better helped in

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the region rather than taking them out, and that is great but there are

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those very vulnerable ones who have to be taken out of the region and

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helped. It just disappoints me that the whole debate about immigration

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in this country makes it difficult for the Government even to concede

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this much. Is there any polling on this, given the toxic debate about

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immigration at the moment? What are the public think about Syrian

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refugees coming here? We polled this last week and we found that people

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on balance don't want Syrian refugees here, but by a narrower

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margin than any other. I think in reality people will not be appalled

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when it happens, and a couple of days ago David Cameron said actually

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it looks like not many Romanians and Bulgarians are coming here, and the

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big immigration issue from the last few weeks has been about the EU

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rules allowing any Romanian and Bulgarian coming to Britain, and

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people saying we will be flooded with them, it's not happening. I

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just wondered with the lack of flooding of people from Romania and

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Bulgaria, and a pretty principal response by the Government supported

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by the Lib Dems and the Labour Party, a real cross-party consensus

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that we do need to do something about the Syrian refugees, maybe we

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are moving into a more adult conversation about immigration than

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we were a few months ago. That would be refreshing! And I wonder if

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you'll all is simply forces the parties into acting. Remember what

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happened to the Gurkhas and Joanna Lumley a few years ago, people were

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on the side of the Gurkhas having rights here, and I remember a Tory

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MP down in Dorset who got into a dreadful mess about somebody being

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thrown out, and the locals dead, actually this person may have

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technically broken a rule but we like him. When you get into specific

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groups and specific people, the debate changes. As you said, Lance,

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Nigel Farage showed how nuanced this argument is by coming out in favour

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of the Government bringing in some Syrian refugees. That announcement

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is due tomorrow in full. Let's pick -- stick with the Independent and

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the foam packing trial. Andy Coulson is linked to this because he

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apparently listened to one particular message in his time as

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editor. Of course we have to be very careful, this is an ongoing trial,

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Andy Coulson has pleaded not guilty and we are long way from hearing all

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of the evidence, let alone getting a verdict of the jewellery, but at the

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heart of this Andy Coulson was not just the editor of the News Of The

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World these allegations referred to, when he became the Prime Minister's

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press secretary, so Andy Coulson is in the dock but in the background

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David Cameron's reputation is sort of in the dock with him. When it has

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been a dramatic day, it forces its way onto the front page. It looks

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like the prosecution case will be wrapped up by the end of this week

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and the beginning of next week, and we will hear the defence of Andy

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Coulson. Yes, what is interesting here is that the person who has

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given this evidence that has been difficult for Andy Coulson has

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himself pleaded guilty, and therefore is giving evidence in that

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way, but what it shows is... Peter is right to say that David

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Cameron's judgement is in the dock but so is the whole reputation of

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journalism and certainly tabloid journalism, and if you look at the

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pressure on this particular journalist to come up with a story

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that would shift newspapers off supermarket shelves, it is

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interesting, we come onto this programme to talk about the front

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pages. Newspaper sales are dropping but somehow the papers like the Sun

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and the other newspapers are still managing to fill their pages and we

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don't necessarily have to have a diet of celebrity divorces. Debates

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about press regulation have not ended and I think it is bound to be

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explicit if not implicitly backwash from this trial into the ongoing

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debate about the role of Parliament or not in the future of press

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regulation. Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and seven others all deny the

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charges being levelled against them. Let's go to the Telegraph, the

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scandal elderly forced into A A number of patients failed bike out

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of hours GPs has doubled in the last five years. They are pointing the

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blame of the story onto the contracts of GPs, suggesting they

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are simply not there when elderly people need them out of hours. If

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somebody has a fall or some sort of problem, the answer is to pick up

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the phone and ring A We have seen many stories about the pressures on

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A and there are adverts all over the place saying A should not be

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the first port of call and they are not succeeding. There has been a

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doubling in the last five years in the number of patients over 90 being

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sent to A, does not represent a lot of people? I don't know if it is

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a huge absolute number but an increase of that scale... I mean it

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is not just people over 90. A is clogged up with people who should

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have gone to their GPs, their local surgeries, and I think there is an

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underlying problem that everybody who looks at the health system knows

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we have too many hospitals in Britain. We need a smaller number,

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bigger high-tech hospitals, and beefed up surgeries possibly

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operating 24/7. But of course, when it goes to the specific, are we

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going to close this hospital, this GP surgery, people say no, keep it

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open, and we have too many hospitals, inefficient use of scarce

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money and this is one of the symptoms of the system that neither

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the last government or this Government has really got to grips

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with. Can you very briefly explain, this wasn't the kind of problem it

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was in your time at Number Ten, it didn't seem to be as big. Were you

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guys preparing for an ageing demographic? Very much so. Everybody

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was very aware of that problem, but I do not think anybody was

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anticipating that the problem would be directed towards A I think

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there were mistakes made, if we have to be honest. Staying with the Daily

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Telegraph, the plumber with intelligence links held in

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anti-terror raid... This is a truly extraordinary story. I read it with

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my eyes popping. What you have got is a very senior diplomat, according

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to the Telegraph, with links to the intelligence services, that is

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usually code for, he is a spy. And his son James was arrested on

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terrorism charges. It looks as if the police got the wrong person. It

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is an extraordinary story. In an odd way, I suppose, it is not just, as

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it were, kids from poor black ghettos who get wrongly arrested, it

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can happen to the sons of senior civil servants. But they have chosen

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not to lead with that as the headline for the story, which

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suggests that perhaps you would not bother reading it? But I remember

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when I was a young journalist on the Sunday Times, the editor, one of his

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mottos was, a headline should sell a story, not tell a story. The

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headline, true, it does not tell the story, but by golly, it is selling

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the story. They got the wrong house! It is a fascinating story. I am with

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you on this one, Clive, the headline is misleading. Frankly, the story

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does not justify being on the front page. If the headline had been, son

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of a diplomat wrongly arrested, then I think it would be a rather less

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impressive piece of journalism. There you go!

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Moving on to the Financial Times, Barclays chief, ready to wield the

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axe. The investment bank is going to lose jobs, as well as branches? The

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whole of the banking industry has been thrown up in the air. The

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changes have been brought in not because politicians say they have to

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change but because the people running the banks have recognised

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that they have to change. It has begin to occasion is for jobs, a lot

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of people will be going. A lot of our banking will be done online and

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less will be done in branches. This is the other side we have had some

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good economic news, which has not been on any of the front pages,

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oddly enough. But in the old days, before you were born, Clive, when

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Lance and myself were in our prime... Speak for yourself, not

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Lance. It was the industrial north where the jobs went. But if you were

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in the southern half of Britain, in a job or in an insurance company,

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you had a job for life. But these are now the jobs which are on the

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line. Unemployment is coming down, employment is going up, but not in

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the banks. There are going to be a lot of very unhappy Barclays branch

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staff. Technology is changing the way we bank, reducing the need for

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people to go into the branches. This is the other side of the

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unemployment coin. Much more to talk about, we will be back in an hour.

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Stay with us on BBC News, because at the top of the hour, we will have

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much more on the fact that Britain is going to accept some of the most

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vulnerable refugees from Syria, that is according to the Deputy Prime

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Minister. He says priority will be giving to women, children and those

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who are disabled. That news is expected in full tomorrow. But now

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it is time for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday - I'm

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Tim Hague, and here's what's coming up... Super Sturridge helps

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