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crisis. Nick Clegg makes his case for European Union membership at the

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Lib Dem conference and criticises the backward looking politics of

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UKIP. Welcome to our lookahead at what the peoples will us tomorrow.

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The Telegraph leads on each story about a new blood test for

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Alzheimer's disease. It shows Prince Harry and his girlfriend enjoying

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the sunshine at Twickenham in its picture. The Daily Express shows a

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picture of people sunning themselves on Brighton beach on what it calls

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the warmest day of the year so far when temperatures reached 70

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Fahrenheit. The Guardian claims that 583,000 employees, more than double

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the estimate of the government, signed up to zero hours contracts

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last year. The daily Mirror says that spring seems to have finally

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sprung. The Times leads on the missing plane amid fears that China

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could have been the subject of a terrorist attack. The Daily Mail has

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a story on a school head, a Muslim, driven out of her position by

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extremists intent on taking over Muslim schools. Let us start with

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the Daily Telegraph. This is looking at the Lib Dem spring conference.

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Tim, what do you make of this? It is well written and beautifully

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presented. Nick Clegg lists all the things that make Britain so great

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such as donning shorts and flip-flops at the first tent of

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sunshine, the spiky coverage of Private I of the royal wedding. It

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strikes me as odd that he has to prove he loves his country and these

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are so cliched. The fact that we like tea and that we have a stiff

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upper lip. I canny not mention that we are an economic powerhouse. The

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Lib Dems are very kind to their leader but to be fair he said I love

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these things, not just that he liked them. This was much more passionate

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and the only thing I quibbled with was when he said he liked people who

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wore T-shirts and flip-flops. I think the true Lib Dem like people

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in T-shirts and sandals. At the heart of this, to be slightly more

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serious, was an attempt to reclaim Patchett is from UKIP. He says that

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his mattresses is these things which are underpinned by liberal values,

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so what he likes about Britain is the BBC, the NHS, but also the fact

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that we were the first signatories to the European law of human rights.

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How do you think it will go down with people outside the hall? I

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think it is a waste of time and he will try and went over everyone who

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hates UKIP. I feel that the only people who turn out in the next

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round of European elections will be people who want to protest against

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Europe. The Conservatives talk about welfare and migration. Labour talk

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about taxing the Ridge -- rich and the Lib Dems talk about Europe. Will

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it play well outside that constituency? I am not sure that

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people like to be told why they love their country and I think they have

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their own list. There may be able to watching us while drinking tea and

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waving flip-flops. The Daily Telegraph has a headline about a

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blood test which will show if people are likely to suffer Alzheimer's. If

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this is correct, it will tell people earlier on if they will get this

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horrific condition and the question is, do you want to know? Was people

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see they do but if you are being told in your 50s or your late 60s

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are your late 70s that you will get Alzheimer's, that is quite

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frightening. Then there's the question of whether we will get

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pre-genetic testing for all sorts of conditions. Then there is a question

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of how easy it is to get life insurance if you have the condition.

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I guess the hope is that the genetic testing moves as far as medicine to

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be able to treat it moves. If we are moving to an area where we can give

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people a three-year warning, hopefully medicine and then help

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with the effects over those three years. I personally know that I

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would want to know and I would think a great number of people would want

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to know and people feel that they can get help and treatment in

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advance, I think this may help people through what is the condition

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that can be very surprising and shocking and frightening and maybe

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some preparation like that would help. Moving onto the main picture

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story. We are seeing a lot more of young Cressida. That suggests a

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rather adoringly. I do not know how long they had to wait for that

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picture. What a great day out and she obviously likes it. She did

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accompany him to a global youth conference so she is stepping out of

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the shadows a bit. I don't blame her and looking at him rather than the

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match because I do not imagine anything could be more boring for

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the date than that. His eyes could be shot. He may be looking somewhere

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else. Is she looking over his head? We will move on to the Daily Express

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and the story about the sunshine. Today has been marvellous. I have

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been able to walk around without freezing to death and it is

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marvellous for this country has extraordinary variations on whether

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and it felt like we were living in the Arctic last week but now we seem

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to have jumped straight into spring and I am so thrilled. I never know

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why newspapers show Brighton beach absolutely packed because it shows

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this image and it puts me off going to a beach. It is a story that is

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picked up in almost all the papers suggesting perhaps a quite domestic

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news day. I think it is also a reflection of quite a difficult

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winter of flooding and extreme weather conditions and we suffered

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and I think this is people saying, find God that is over. We will move

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on to The Guardian. The main story there is about zero hours. We should

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start off with what serial our contracts are. They have certainly

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been controversial. You said people signed up to these but they are

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often not given a choice. What it is its companies saying they want

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people to be available to work a set number of hours that they also have

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exclusivity clauses. It says that we want you to be available for 18

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hours a week for a pass and on call any time a week so there is no

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guarantee that you will have any work and during that time you cannot

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apply for another job. That is ludicrous. People want to work more

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hours than they can and they are forbidden to do this. The second

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issue is that they do not get holiday pay of sick pay or pension

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rights and therefore the companies are getting very cheap labour with

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no responsibility and the workers are getting very poor deal. Some

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people like them because they like the flexibility of being able to do

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to three hours a week here are their around their childcare duties on

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around other commitments they have in the life. They do work for them

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but in the vast majority of cases they are exploitation. Because the

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story is not so much about zero hours contracts but about the fact

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that the figures put out the government has so underestimated

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what the real figures are. All I would say on all those points, and I

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agree with the great number of them, is the kind of Labour market we have

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no rest on flexibility, especially during a difficult period when

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companies are resistant about taking people on. Anything that has lowest

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costs for the employer but increases flexibility for the employee is a

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good thing but I do not think it reliable that there are problems and

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it can lead to exploitation. Exclusivity is a problem. Last year

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there was a survey done of people on zero hours and they found that

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although twice as many people were as many people weren't happy with

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the contract as were unhappy, one in five said they were penalised if

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they could not do the work and nearly half were set to work only to

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be sold at the last minute that it had been cancelled. You talk about

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flexibility that flexibility is entirely on the work with nine on

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behalf of of the employer. That is the real issue. They get away with

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not having to pay any of the basic rights you should get as a worker.

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But that is why the employee. You should make yourself affordable in

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the market and to do this you surrender these rights. Who loses

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out on this? It is you and me as the taxpayer because we'd end up topping

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up tax credits. You can sign up for one of these contracts and be told

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that you can work there. But it is undermining the social contract

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between employer and apply the -- employee. That is it for the papers

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this hour. Thank you to Jason and ten and we will be back at 11 30

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with the stories making the news tomorrow. At 11 o'clock we'll have

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though latest on the search operation for the Malaysian jet.

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