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time in the world this year. And, Paola 's banned for 18 months, he

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will be free to run again in December. That is in 15 minutes,

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after the papers. ``Powell is banned. Hello and welcome to our

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look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With

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me are Angela Knight,Chief Executive of Energy UK, and John Rentoul,

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chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday. Tomorrow's

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front pages, starting with The Telegraph leading with news that

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many men, suffering from prostate cancer, are given "misleading"

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assessments, causing them to underestimate the severity of their

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tumours. The Express has news of a poll on Europe which it says will

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amount to a "historic mini referendum" . The Guardian says the

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Conservative Party and the CPS are "at war" over the Nigel Evans case.

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In the i, the MP says his life will not be the same following the trial.

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The Times also says Mr Evans' acquittal has put the spotlight on

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the CPS and how they choose to pursue high profile cases. Air

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pollution is the focus of the Metro, the paper says that tens of

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thousands of deaths come as a direct result of "breathing toxic air" .

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The Sun says Peaches Gefof was found dead with her 11`month`old son by

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her side. And the Mail has claims of sexual harassment in the House of

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Commons. Let's begin, a lot of the newspapers are concentrating on the

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story about Nigel Evans, of course, the former Deputy Speaker and a

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clearing in court today. Let's have a look at some of the front pages

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with Nigel Evans on. It is interesting to see what some of

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those have to save. The news that Nigel Evans was cleared of rape

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dominates many of the front pages. This makes the story the main story.

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The Guardian says the CPS and the Conservatives are at war, that is

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their quote, as the Evans decision comes out today. Lots of newspapers

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are leading with that as their main story. John, as the chief political

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correspondent for the Independent on Sunday, it is a story that has some

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ramifications. It is what a lot of people are talking about in

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Westminster today. There are a lot of Conservative MPs who are our

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friends with Nigel Evans who are quite angry that the case was

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brought forward in the first place. There was never any evidence that we

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hurdle was reported that really suggested anything other than some

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drunken, inappropriate advances that he made and admitted `` that we

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heard were reported. The alleged victim said that they thought

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nothing of what happened and nothing should happen to him as a result.

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One of the things that comes out of this of course, Angela, is that

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although cleared, it will be a cloud that will hang over him and in his

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words, his last year has been hell. I am not surprised it has been hell,

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it must have been awful. Areas of his private life, it has been worked

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through and combed through in court. He is cleared at the end. People

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have been watching it, I am not surprised they have, the focus has

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been on that. There is a particularly telling comment, I

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think, in the Guardian where it says one of the alleged victims of the

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trial said, following the verdict, "I do not believe that he should

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have been charged, I do not think it was a criminal act, it happens in

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every bar, it was not a big deal". This is an apparent victims saying

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that this should not have taken place. Poor Nigel. I use that

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expression advisedly, he must be feeling dreadful now. Even though he

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has been cleared. It will take a long time for this to work through.

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It will sit with him for even longer. That quote, that suggestion

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in the Times that senior Conservatives and the Crown

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Prosecution Service are at war. What do you think of that? There are

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Conservative MPs who are very annoyed with that and say that the

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Crown Prosecution Service should not have brought forward such a weak

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case, as it appears to be. We do not know the full arguments. It is a

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huge test of the British principle. Innocent once you are cleared. It

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will hang over him for the rest of his life. You have to think that

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there is a case to be made. The Crown Prosecution Service must have

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misjudged this one. Yes, you are innocent until proven guilty. When

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it is this sort of case, and it is somebody who is in the public

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domain, we could call them a celebrity... I am enormously

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hesitant to come to any conclusions when something like this has

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happened. I am a strong supporter of the British justice system. I think

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that ours is overwhelmingly a good system. But it seems to me that in

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some of these areas, this is just one, but in recent times the very

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fact that the individual concerned has been a public figure, that has

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resulted in a high degree of concentration on absolutely every

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part of the case. In many instances, they seem to have recently been

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cleared. Everything has been out there, as it would have been if they

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had been found guilty. Do we have the balance right? Well, there is

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clearly a difficult line here. You cannot prosecute cases simply

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because it is a person in the public domain. At the same time, have they

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done right? From an observer 's perspective, it is difficult to look

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at this and feel anything other than concern. Let's move onto another

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story. Onto the express. On EU at last. `` referendum on GE at last.

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It is absolutely absurd. ``the EU. This is about to MPs, they are

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headbanging you respect it is, although I hesitate to call them

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that. ``eUROSCEPTICS. They will organise an informal referendum

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``Eurosceptics. To headline it as the referendum that was promised by

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David Cameron... I think this is one of a great many European stories

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that we will see. Not only because we have a European election in 6`8

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weeks time. We will see what happens there before you accuse anyone of

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anything. Let's see who wins. This touches a spot which is something of

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concern within the UK. What is our position in Europe? When will people

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have their say? Will we have 20 people vote, 2000 people vote? It is

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not like it is headline. There is a picture of their Prince William and

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Kate, they are flying in a German plane? I don't think so!

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Side`by`side, a sheer accident. Doesn't she looks bended? We do not

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have a picture of Prince George today `` splendid. I thought they

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were lovely photographs. I am going to move on before we get stuck on

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that! Onto the Independent. An official statistic, the UK only has

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three airports! Have I been miscounting X, `` miscounting? This

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is about how net immigration has been miscounted over a 10`year

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period because the survey which it was based on has focused on three

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main airports. It has missed 350,000 Eastern European is coming into

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regional airports. ``Europeans. The Labour Party said they would bring

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in a system of counting people in and out, that will be difficult for

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the Conservatives to answer. You described it as" uncanny", if this

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is correct, 350,000... What about Glasgow, Edinburgh, Luton,

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Birmingham, Southampton? I do not think Ryanair flies from any of the

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main ones. You cannot have an official statistic that ignores some

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of the main airports into the UK. `` entry points. You are extrapolating

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from a sample. The point is they are sampling the wrong places. With the

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influx of workers from Europe, people are coming into other

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airports, that was not reflected in the sample. It is not quite as

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ridiculous as the headline suggests. If you are going to have a sample

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where you are going to grow something, it has to be

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representative. It has to be statistically significant. That

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story appears in subsequent newspapers, that will be

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interesting, I believe it is a story that will travel. Onto the times. A

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story carried by the Times on the Daily Telegraph `` and the Daily

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Telegraph. Thousands of men were wrongly refused treatment for

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prostate cancer as tests underplayed the severity of the disease. It is a

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worrying story. You rely on these tests. The procedure, as I

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understand it, looking at the story quickly, the tests tend to suggest

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that the cancer is not particularly aggressive. The normal thing to do

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in that situation is not to operate. They end up not operating on men's

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cancers who were more aggressive. Sometimes they have been advised

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against surgery due to the side effects. But, if a diagnosis is

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wrong...? If you read this story, it is very concerning. You want people

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to be tested for cancer. There is not that assumption that once you

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are tested, you have a result that is right `` there is that

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assumption. More needs to be done. We need more information about the

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analysis itself. Quite often on medical stories, there is analysis,

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and then more analysis and then a dispute between experts about what

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is right and wrong. I hope this does not put men off getting tested for

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cancer. We do not often make it onto the business pages, but there are

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some interesting stories. Let's begin with the Co`op bank and the

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Co`op group. Angela, care to have a stab at this one? This story is

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about the fact there is more losses than have so far been revealed as

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far as the Co`op is concerned. On the back of this, there is the

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question of how this organisation is run in the future. A few weeks ago,

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the chief executive was brought in to sort out the problems, but he

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walked. He described it as" ungovernable". In the last 24 hours,

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one of the independent directors who was brought in to sort out issues

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has walked, Lord Myners. Tomorrow, it seems we will have revealed to us

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what was expected, and that is more losses. It is an integral part of so

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many towns and cities of this country. Getting the Co`op back on

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course in financial terms, in its management terms, strategic

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direction, and how it has a ball that can run the organisation is

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pretty important dashboard. `` is pretty important, `` board. There

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are questions about how you do the government reorganisation.

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Underneath, there are a lot of companies like this with their own

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independence, and they have a say on how the big organisation is run.

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Some sectors are doing very well? Yes, they are our largest

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undertaken. I don't know if you have been into a Co`op story in it, but

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some are pretty good. The ones that I have been to are, at least. I

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thought you were going to say a funeral parlour! Yes, I have been to

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one of those as well. There is something about getting this whole

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enchilada correct. Sorting out the bank, and ensuring it is well

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managed. It is a mess. It seems to be in a bad way. I am no expert,

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Angela is an expert. But, it sounds to me like the Co`op bank is not

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much longer for this world. And the rest of the movement will have to

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find some way... Of sustaining it. Members often vote on mutual future.

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These are a lot of questions. I probably should address the new

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question to you. Marks Spencer. The picture to go with this story,

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their new brand of women, as it were, who aren't really professional

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models. Interesting this is all to try to suggest that the Chief

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Executive, that the strategy is working. Yes. I think it's a nice

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idea, to have a range of non` models modelling the clothes. The Marks

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Spencer range is actually rather good. This is Marks Spencer is.

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I'm offended because this advert isn't directed me. I am dressed

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entirely in Marks Spencer is! But I think the number of times you buy

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a suit is probably much less than the times I buy a jacket. I too have

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quite a lot of Marks Spencer clothing on but I won't show you

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where it is! We don't often get that out of the paper review! I don't

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know where to take it now. Well, the clothing sales are up. Absolutely.

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Anything you would like to own up to? I think I am being told we have

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to finish. Thank you both very much. Revelations indeed. Stay with us. At

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midnight, more on the news that a man has been charged over the 1998

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Omagh bombing. Coming up next, time for the sport.

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