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Sunday. We will tell you which players are on the move today before

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Ford ball's January transfer window closes tomorrow, all coming up in

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Sportsday in 15 minutes after the papers. -- footballJanuary transfer

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window. Welcome to our lookahead to what the

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papers will be bringing us tomorrow, with as our author and journalist

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Rachel Shabi and Kevin Schofield, chief political correspondent for

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the Sun. Starting with the front pages, then, the Guardian main story

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is the conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of

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British student Meredith Kercher. The independent claims one member,

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one vote in the Labour Party is drawing closer as part of Ed

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Miliband's reforms. Royal Marines helping with the floods in Somerset

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dominate the Telegraph's front page. The FT says the Indian central bank

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governor has hit out at industrialised countries for selfish

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policies. Detectives hunting the abductor of

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Madeleine McCann wants to examine bank records of three suspects,

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according to the Daily Express. And the Metro says a mother of three

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has become the first woman in Britain ruled to have been poisoned

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to death by smoking cannabis. So let's begin, we will start with

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the Guardian, and it was pretty quick off the mark to get this on

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the front page, the picture of Amanda Knox, waiting at home in

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Seattle. She wasn't in court for tonight's verdict, and this is

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Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her former Italian boyfriend,

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convicted or having their convictions upheld, having

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previously been acquitted for the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007.

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Well, as you can see, it is the lead story in the Guardian. They have an

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interview with Amanda Knox, and we can listen to a little of that now.

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I am a marked person, and no-one, no-one who is unmarked is going to

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understand that. Like, I don't even know what my places anymore, what's

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my role in society? Who am I after this? After everyone has branded me,

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who am I? Part of the interview the Guardian did with Amanda Knox in the

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United States before this verdict tonight. And most judicial systems

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take a bit of understanding, but the Italian system seems especially

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baffling to us from the outside. It goes on. Long. It is seven years now

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since the murder actually took place. We had the initial trial,

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conviction, the conviction was quashed, and now the conviction has

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been upheld, and it is not finished yet. There will be another appeal,

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which will be heard by the Supreme Court in Rome, and only then finally

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will it be over. And then, I guess the question will be, will Amanda

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Knox be extradited from the United States. Particularly baffling to an

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American audience, Rachel, they don't have this idea that you can be

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tried twice for the same crime, the double jeopardy rule, so looking in

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on this, they asked and by this sort of second conviction, if you like,

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the conviction being upheld. Yeah, it is a very sort of convoluted

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process, and it has gone back and forth, and you kind of thing, as bad

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as it is, you know, you think of the family of Meredith Kercher having to

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deal with seven years of this, just waiting for justice, conclusive

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justice. And even now it hasn't really reached the end. I mean, we

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are still going to see an appeal, and then probably an extradition

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wrangle between the US and Italy. So excruciating for the family. It will

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be surprisingly a lot of commentators if she is extradited,

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because the United States do not understand why he would be tried

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twice for something when you have been acquitted. She has been very

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outspoken tonight in a statement, saying she would expected more from

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the Italian justice system, but then you would expect someone in a

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position to say that. You would not expected to say much else, but it

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will become something of a cause celebre in the United States, and I

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do not think the Americans are going to offer her all that easily, and

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then it becomes quite a tense stand-off between Rome and the

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American government in Washington. But yeah, this whole saga seems to

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just go on and on and on. As you say, the sister and brother, Lyle

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and Stephanie Kercher, Meredith's siblings, were in court yet again.

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You just wonder whether they can trust this verdict this time me and

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they say they want to know the truth, but the truth keeps changing.

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Well, yeah, the truth keeps evading them, and you know, this report

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talks about them both looking confused during this lengthy and

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quite dense verdict, as you would. And probably being too stunned to

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sort of absorb what is really, you know, it just keeps changing, and to

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absorb what this actually means, and unfortunately it doesn't mean

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anything definitive yet. And they still have not got that, they are

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never going to have their sister back. Let's move on to the

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Independent, Labour past and present. Ed Miliband here, we will

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start with his party Revolution, one member, one vote draws closer.

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Surprising to a lot of people that in 2014 it still is not one member,

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one vote in elections within the Labour Party. Yeah, I mean, to be

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honest, I look at this story, and I think, well, yeah, that is all very

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well, this idea that now they are going to move from having the party

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like it has got 180,000 members and they only have one third of the

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boat, and now it is going to be one member, one vote, as you say. But

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the headline, Miliband's party revolution, the Labour Party finally

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be coming and opposition, with divisive opposition politics! I

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don't know, austerity, the economy, migration, youth unemployment, stuff

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like that. Instead, no, it is a story about... Isn't that rather

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unfair? He has been doing well with directing the cost of living crisis

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for months, he has made the other parties dance to his tune a bit,

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hasn't he? I do not think he has gone anyway near far enough on the

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whole austerity debate. I mean, we are still talking very much about a

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framework of necessary cuts, and they are avoidable, they are purely

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ideological, and the fact that the Labour Party is toying with the

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conservative line on migration, I find that extremely disappointing.

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So yeah, I was hoping there would be a different story to this headline,

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but there wasn't! Leaving the politics, national politics to one

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side for a moment... Rather than just addressing the article! I was

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addressing the headline! This, in many ways, is a technical, dry

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debate, but it is sort of finishing something that John Smith, the

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previous but one, but two Labour leader, 20 years ago began, one

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member, one vote. A lot of people probably think, don't they have that

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already? They have this convoluted electoral college system with a

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third of the boats going to trade unions. When they are trying to

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elect a leader. They are going to get rid of that and bring in one

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member, one vote. However, critics have said that this, are from

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watering down the influence that the trade unions have on electing party

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leaders, will actually strengthen it, because there are far more trade

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union members of the party than ordinary non-trade union members. In

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some instances, they could have something like 90% of the vote,

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which might not please the chap at the top, Mr Blair! Yes, let's move

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on to Tony Blair, we don't seem on the front pages as often as we used

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to, and here he is talking to one of our opponents, Egypt's general start

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rounding up dissenting journalists, says the headline, guess who has

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just announced his support for the military regime. Tony Blair

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appearing in this interview to support the army and the army

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generals who have sort of wrested control of Egypt. I mean, he is

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saying in this article, Kevin, that it is what the Egyptian people

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wanted. It is not quite what most of us are taken from the situation.

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Well, no, or someone who was a three times elected leader here to be an

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opponent of giving ordinary Egyptians their say, they did elect

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their government, they may not have agreed with the government, but they

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did elect one, it was properly recognise. The military obviously

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opposed that and have thrown that properly elected government and have

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set up running the country themselves. And Tony Blair, who has

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almost become a parody of himself in lots of ways, is now backing a coup,

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essentially, by the Egyptian army. And this is a man... The Middle East

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Quartet envoy is supposed to remain impartial on matters to do with the

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Middle East. Yeah, I'm sure Palestinians wake up every morning

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and whether whether it be still, unfortunately, the envoy. This man

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has an amazing capacity to get the wrong end of the state when it comes

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to the Middle East. And the fact that he is supporting a military

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coup, and a melody of regime that is authoritarian -- a military regime

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that is authoritarian, that has branded the Muslim brother had at

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the democratically elected president as traitors, killed a thousand of

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them on the streets, and then had a crackdown on journalists and anyone

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who dares to protest them, and Tony Blair says this is the voice of hope

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and democracy? I mean, parody does not even cover it! Moving on to the

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Telegraph, and the main picture story of the Marines in Somerset.

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And we are expecting more rain as well. The idea of having the army on

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stand-by at this point, when some villages have been cut off for a

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month, seems a little bit too late for some people wanted yes, you look

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at this picture, it really sums it up. You have these two Royal Marines

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wondering what exactly they are supposed to do. The fact that the

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villagers have had to wait a month of dealing with floods, of having to

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cope not only with the damage of the floods, but now the aftermath of

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trying to get to school and work, seemingly forgotten, and you have to

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wonder if it was in the Home Counties, if the story would be

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different. I am sure people in Somerset are tinkering that, what

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took so long? It is as if they have only just remembered that the Armed

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Forces have amphibious vehicles. And there is also this thing about

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sending the Army and it looks like they are doing something. But

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clearly, I think even these two Royal Marines are thinking, heavens

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above, what are we supposed to do?! We were not trained for this! Well,

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the Fire Service apparently are helping as well. This is the

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cartoon, a police officer, in a boat, going up to a couple in a car.

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Completely swamped by the water. He always manages to hit it on the

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head. The smoking in cars thing is quite an incredible move by

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petitions, really, I think. Anyone who smokes with a kid in the back,

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you are crazy. But surely people can make up their own minds about things

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like that. Let's look at the last story, middle-class mothers decide

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to stay at home. Mothers, if they can afford it, have decided they are

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going to stay at home. But the Government has been trying to push

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as many people back to work as possible. This is an interesting

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choice by women, if they can afford it. That is the crucial line,

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according to this article, it is the families which are able to live on

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one income, where these women are choosing to leave employment. That

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is a major qualifier. I do not know how many families can afford to do

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that. They want to spend time with their kids, that is a good thing,

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surely. It is perfectly understandable, fathers want to

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spend as much time with their kids as well. But it is a big if. Maybe

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20 or 30 years ago, it was easier for a family to have only one

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income. But not so much now. It is not so much that mothers and fathers

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want to go out to work, it is necessity. The cost of living crisis

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that we are in is obviously contributing, but obviously, if it

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was easier, if there were more child benefits, if there was more in place

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to allow for that, I am sure mothers and fathers would be able to stay at

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home and look after their children. That is it from the papers for this

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hour. We will be back within the next hour to have another look.

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Coming up at 11 o'clock, we will have more on that reinstatement of

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the guilty verdicts against Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox. Coming up

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next, Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday - I'm

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John Watson. On the way tonight... Michael Schumacher is to be brought

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out of his medically-induced coma as treatment continues

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