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investigation. As the British swimming Championships come to a

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close, we will round up another record`breaking day in Glasgow.

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

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us tomorrow. With me are Elizabeth Orcutt, deputy picture editor at the

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Times, and Oliver Wright, Whitehall editor at the Independent. Time for

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a look at the front pages. The Metro is leading on a report by the UN

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boys' club. The Independent focuses boys' club. The Independent focuses

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on a report by a food bank charity that claims nearly one million

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people in Britain rely on handouts to eat. The growing number of those

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depending on food parcels in the UK is also the splash in the Mirror.

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The Guardian's main story is the crisis in the Ukraine, though its

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main picture shows fans at the commemoration for those killed at

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Hillsborough 25 years ago. The Telegraph's main story looks at the

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health service, which it says is stretched to breaking point. The

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Mail front page features more allegations of a Lib Dem cover up

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over the Cyril Smith scandal. The Times leads with claims that UKIP

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members have been blocked from raising questions over the party's

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use of EU funding. And the front page of the Sun shows a picture of a

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12 and 13`year`old couple, who they say have become Britain's youngest

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parents. The i has a pig of Liverpool fans raising their scarves

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in honour of those who died. `` a picture of Liverpool fans. The UK

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has the sixth largest economy in the world and has more millionaires than

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ever before, but that picture is of someone who is not sharing in the

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uptick, one would say, in the economy. It's a very arresting

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image. It solves a tearful child. The picture is not a live picture,

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it has been sourced with an agency. The story is about foodbanks and I

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cannot think of any mother who would not go hungry in order to feed her

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child. It's arresting but you wonder if it really reflects the story.

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Particularly if this child has not been photographed by the journalist

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doing the investigation. It is from an agency. All newspapers do that,

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don't they? Yes, but we try not to do that when it is a splash story or

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a serious story. We will use illustrative pictures but in an

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ethical way. In an ethical way? LAUGHTER. We will say that it is a

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muddled picture. I will look out for that. `` a picture with a model.

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Oliver, your paper decided not to use a photograph for this particular

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story and went with Ukraine instead. You think that your headline is

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arresting enough, clearly. We serve a different market from the Mirror,

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and we are trying to have several different stories on the front page

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of things you might like to read in the paper. Occasionally, we will

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dedicate the entire front page to a story but on a day like today, what

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is happening in Ukraine is very important. We have the most

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important domestic story, as we see it, of the day and the most

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important international story. But the Mirror has the big blowout of

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this one thing. Regardless of how we present the various stories... It is

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a powerful story. And not one that the government will want after

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spending weeks trying to trumpet the good news about the economy to the

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extent that other ministers are being told that they are not allowed

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to speak out. They want to get the message out that the economy is

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getting better. And then we have this report suggesting that the

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number of people using foodbanks has gone up from 346,000 people last

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year to almost 1 million this year, and that is not great, and it shows

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the divide between the people for whom the economy is improving and

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those people who are on benefits and for whom it is definitely not. And

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this story as well, it is Ukraine. And a crisis there that is reaching

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the point where it could explode, frankly, now that the Ukrainian

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authorities have decided to send their own forces into retake parts

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of the east. And which way will it go? Who knows? The Sun.

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Interesting, this, Elizabeth, because the Sun obviously has to

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cover this story. It's a huge story. One of the most important stories of

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the day, the commemorative service at Anfield for the 25th anniversary

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of the Hillsborough disaster, but there is an interesting story behind

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some of the pictures that are coming out of Liverpool and the Sun itself.

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Certainly, some of the pictures we have seen have been coming through

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the wires since this afternoon. Some of them could not have been

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published by the Sun. They have a full set here. But certainly, some

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of the providers did not want the Sun to publish them and that goes

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back to 25 years ago, when... The Sun's infamous headline and its

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publication of some of the allegations that were being made by

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the police force in Sheffield, concerning what had happened at

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Hillsborough. Clearly, that anger still lingers in Merseyside. Is it

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local agencies today that were saying that this cannot be published

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in the Sun? To be honest, I don't know. But possibly, it was pictures

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coming out of Anfield it's itself, because they have their own

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photographers and their own agencies. I could not say exactly.

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There are still some people who refuse to purchase the Sun. You

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cannot get it in some places. Newsagents won't stop it. Does this

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caption here, the photographs, the child, does that get across what

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happened, do you think? Because of any potential restrictions that may

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have been on the Sun? That does look like a fair representation of what

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happened. The ground was packed full of people, there was one minute's

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silence, when people stood with their scarves in the air and you can

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see that. The image of the little boy who never knew his uncle and

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grandfather, who were both killed. You can see the sculpture of the 96

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nights, you can understand what that is. `` lights. I think they have

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done a good job. And the inquest into those who died has been

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reopened. A huge and very important moment for the people, obviously.

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The inquest will go on for quite some time but it's extraordinary

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that 25 years on, there are still very fundamental questions and

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disagreements on things which have not yet been solved. You can only

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imagine what it would be like if it was your father or grandfather who

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had been killed. This very long fight to get to what they hope will

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be the truth. The truth, indeed. The Metro. There is an obvious reason

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why I will ask you this question and not Oliver. Boys' club Britain? The

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world's most sexist country? What is the story and do you agree? This is

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the woman appointed by the UN as a special consultant to the UN and she

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has come to the UK and she has done 14 days worth of intense

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investigation and she says we are boys' club Britain. That we live in

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a very sexist society. It has echoes of the Brazil not... LAUGHTER `` the

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Brazil nut, which is how some of the papers referred to her, but... Do we

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live in a sexist society? Yes, there are still vestiges of that, but

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equally, it is lastly improved from when I started my career 25 years

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ago. All this lady had to do was look at the make`up of the current

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Cabinet. There are more parliamentarians `` female

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parliamentarians in Afghanistan than in the UK. I'm not sure how

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seriously we should take this after 14 days of research. I'm a bit

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sceptical of these... It's quite good publicity. It's a great talking

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point. But if you are going to look at an issue that is important, that

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is diffuse, that is serious, you need more than 14 days. It's almost

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like journalism, isn't it? You spend more time digging up this story than

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most of us do eating up other stories. But she asks, it's not so

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in your face in other countries. She says she is not so sure about what

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gives rise to such sixes portrayal of women and girls in this country

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in particular. She is talking about advertising and television. Scantily

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clad ladies flogging cars. It happens a lot. Yes, but in other

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countries in Europe. France and Italy. It does not seem that much

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different but maybe it is in her view. Well, she's from the UN, so

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there you go. UKIP blocked questions over party's EU funding. As UKIP

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rises higher and higher in the polls, the... How shall we put this?

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The microscope is going to be on them friendly. This story is a

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follow`up to this story that the Times ran. `` the microscope is

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going to be on them forensically. Nigel Farage has accused the Times

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of being an established paper which has a vendetta to get them. But

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looking at this story in detail, I think that he has some serious

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questions to answer. He claimed between ?15,000 and ?17,000 in 2013

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on offices which were no bigger than 630 square feet. He did not pay any

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rent on those offices. That ?17,000 did not include office equipment or

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stationary or telephone charges. That's a lot of money to be playing

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in business rate, to be paying in electricity... I think that he has

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made a lot of MPs over the way they have misused or allegedly misused

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expenses, so when anyone questions his expenses, surely it is in his

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interests to explain it and show the receipts rather than say this is a

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political attack and everyone is out to get him. This story is serious

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enough for him to answer these questions will top first, he says he

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has done nothing wrong and is willing to have an independent

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auditor coming in. He also says he is consulting his lawyers. And that

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is always an interesting phrase. Interestingly, the point Oliver

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razors, he does talk about this conspiracy from the established

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media. `` Oliver razors. It sounds like Sarah Palin, when the lightest

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scrutiny was on her, and appealing to those people who do the

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potentially a new and fresh candidate coming out of the blue and

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upsetting the Apple cart. It is a tactic that some people might

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actually find appealing. Yes, but there is more to this story, which

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is that people have gone on the record as saying that when they

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tried to raise this question about these figures not adding up, they

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were blocked. UKIP blocking questions over party's EU funding.

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Yes, I think Oliver is right. Fine, let's bring in the accountants and

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have some transparent he and see where the money went. Now, very

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briefly, North Korea fails to smile at jokes. A barbershop that poked

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fun at the North Korean leader's haircuts. LAUGHTER. Is it poking fun

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or saying he has a great haircut, come in and have it done? This is

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great fun. This is a small hairdressing salon in Ealing, I

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believe, who put a poster on `` in their window of Kim Jong Un. And he

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has quite a nice haircut, in fact. And the men in Black came in when

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they saw it. Possibly, that level of responsibility is so ingrained that

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they thought... I cannot help but feel that if this had been in North

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Korea, it would not just have been a couple of men coming in. It's a bit

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of fun. Thank you for coming in. Sportsday is next.

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