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Championship in Sheffield. That's all in Sportsday in 15 minutes after

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the Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are the

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broadcaster Daisy McAndrew and Ian Birrell, contributing editor at the

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Daily Mail. Let's have a look at some of the front pages. We will

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start with the Metro. Their top story is from an interview with a

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senior judge who says that unmarried women who live with their partners

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are thrown on the scrapheap without financial help if the relationship

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ends and have fewer rights than they expect. And the FT leads with the

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news that Barclays is to create a bad bank to transform its struggling

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investment banking operations. The Telegraph says that Nigel Farage

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does plan to stand in the Newark by`election after former

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Conservative MP Patrick Mercer announced he will stand down this

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evening. The Express says that 150,000

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Eastern European migrants are paying just ?1 a week in tax. The Guardian

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says the Justice Secretary has told prison governors he wants to cut

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costs by over ?2000 per prisoner. The Mail leads with one of the

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tributes to Ann Maguire, the teacher who was killed in her classroom in

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Leeds. We will start with the Daily

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Telegraph, Nigel Farage's bid two Rob Cameron, he would be mad to not

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go for it. It certainly looks like it, the Tories Bill worst nightmare,

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the European elections, and enable change which means you cannot have

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the by`election on the same day, they will probably come third in the

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European elections, they are currently ten points behind UKIP,

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and then to have this straight afterwards, it could not be worse,

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perfect territory for UKIP in terms of where there are concerns that

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they can whip up and exploit. At the same time, it should be said that I

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do not think the loss of Patrick Mercer will undermine the political

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body of this country. He is a man who, since being sacked for racism

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from the front bench, has been on a mission against as leader and Gordon

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pretty horrendous circumstances involving cash for questions. ``

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court in. Although he has performed one last the digging the man he

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clearly does not lie, it is no great loss. Sure, it is clearly does not

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like David Cameron. Eric Joyce has lost the web but they want to shore

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up support there. `` the whip. You can see from the company that he

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keeps, flanked by Bernard Jenkin, Bob Stewart, very much not in the

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David Cameron camp, both kind of smoking. I think all three of them

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were smirking. `` smirking. Patrick Mercer reminds you how he is a

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former soldier all the time, never misses an opportunity. We would all

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like to see more politicians who have had a proper jobs, but he is

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quite smug about it a lot of the time and really bangs on about it,

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and he was obviously enjoying putting the boot into David Cameron,

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and then other people come out of the woodwork. Lord Ashcroft has been

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critical of David Cameron, saying he should not be surprised Patrick

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Mercer has given him a headache, what goes around et cetera, that is

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what he says. A lot of rejoicing today about the fact that Number Ten

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is having a right royal headache over this, and one other thing, what

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you were saying earlier about the fact that they cannot have it on the

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same day, it is a financial headache as well. If you cannot piggyback on

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the back of the other and engineering, you have to do a

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separate campaign, it is very expensive. `` electioneering. That

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will probably be do you give's benefit because they will be getting

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all the publicity. Astonishingly self`defeating to see these MPs

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luxuriating in the fact that their party will get another kicking. It

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shows why some people are so turned off by politics and why UKIP has

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done so well, because of the BA view of these people. People in your tent

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doing something unspeakable! Patrick Mercer polled more than all of the

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other candidates together at the last election, if Nigel Farage

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cannot overturn not, will it affect UKIP? He will have a beautiful time

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of causing trouble and winning headlines and being the dominant

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story... And being listened to. Anything that is being done to stop

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people hearing UKIP gives them publicity. This new group saying

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they are racists, it is giving them publicity, the worst possible thing

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for their rivals and the best possible thing for UKIP, added not

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matter if he loses, he will say it was a 16,000 seat majority, I was

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never going to win it. Very difficult for political advisers,

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dammed if you do, dammed if you don't. If they do not take the

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threat head`on, they will say they are living in a metropolitan cocoon.

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And if they do what you are saying, it is just giving them the oxygen of

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publicity. More than 90% of the country live in metropolitan areas,

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so talking about a Metropolitan Police is rather daft! That is going

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to be a good by`election. `` metropolitan elite. China to

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overtake the US economy this year in the Financial Times, the prediction

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was that it would overtake America by 2019`20. By this year,

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apparently. In fact, as a lot of Chinese economist and they would say

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they did it lasted, and the Americans would say they did not. ``

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ask a lot of Chinese economists. We will not know for certain for a few

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months, but these new figures have put them so far edge it is almost

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impossible to believe they will not be in pole position. `` so far ahead

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. It is just statistics and numbers, but it does particularly

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matter to how the Chinese feel about themselves and how the Americans

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feel about themselves. As an American businessman or politician,

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does this matter, and it really will matter. They had a long time to get

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used to the idea, but that is not the same as the reality. Is the sort

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of thing that, because of the different constituencies, the way

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they will see these figures, is it something that would feed into an

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election campaign in America? Look at what has happened to our prestige

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on the international stage and the Democrats. I think America is

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questioning its role in the world, and there is an isolationist

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tendency and talk of protectionism, and this feeds into it, the idea

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that America is no longer the dominant economic power. At the same

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time people see it as a race and if one side is up, the other is down.

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Remember that while China is growing 24% in three years, America is

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growing nearly 8%, the whole world is growing and we all benefit from

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this. The fact China is doing well could be good news for Britain,

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because the luxury goods and services are going up, they are

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sending more kids overseas for universities, along with others. We

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should not necessarily see this as a bad news story, it is good for the

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whole world ` economic growth, we will feed off each other, this is

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something positive, despite the fact that it is an interesting,

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symbolically important moment. I think you are absolutely right in

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one way. I don't believe it will make any difference to a short`term

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American election. What I think could start is certain American

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politicians saying, we are no longer the number one global economy, so we

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no longer have to be the world's policeman, and you can see that

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argument taking strength in some areas, saying the world's problems

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are there problems, why should we pay for everything? And the converse

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of that is if the Chinese economy is growing and doing well, they have

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more money to spend on one of the largest armies in the world and on

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expanding their influence further afield. No doubt China is a growing

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important part of the equation, and it is spending more on arms, but the

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world is changing fast. We still have 82,000 soldiers! The Guardian

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Ian, Labour rubbing out glof era `` Gove era. There are concerns that

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the changes he's bringing in are shaking up the education system in a

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way that needed to be done. He's the hate figure for the left.

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He's loved by the Tory party and is seen as one of the few real

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successes who've pushed through dramatic reforms. This is Labour and

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interestingly David Blunkett working with the Education Secretary coming

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up with something that seems like a muddled solution which is the right

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word which I don't think it is. It's bureaucratic involving authorities

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coming together in different groups to appoint the directors who've

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tried to raise standards. It's a bit of a fudge in that they don't want

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to give local authorities power again as particularly the unions

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would like. Nor do they want to allow this sort of independence. It

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shows the big split between the Conservative Party which really

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believes in transdevolved power and allowing more freedom to

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institutions to operate and Labour who have the slightly more

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interventionist approach and believe in a more dictatorial solution.

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Again that feeds into the debate you have had with Ed Miliband and Jon

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Cruddas about the idea of devolving power. It's a muddled solution. I

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agree from reading what I have about it, it smacks of, remember when

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every solution to every problem was a new czar and that's exactly what

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this sounds like, yet another layer of measurement, whether in health or

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education. It says this is going to be a whole new flanks of independent

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directors appointed by fixed term contracts. That sounds like a

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nightmare `` a new fall Lancs. It's believed this will be unpopular with

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the Labour left. I think it will be very important from my reading of

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it. I can't see who it's going to be particular with, apart from Deb,

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Tristram Hunt and maybe some from the educational list. You don't

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fancy being a director? Well, the probably going to be well paid!

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We are running out of time. We are going to go straight to Harry

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actually, at the top of the Telegraph there, no happily ever

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after for Harry, Prince and Cressida end their romance. Was there much

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pressure? Secondly, were they going out together? Is it over? Who cares?

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It's good enough for the front`page of the Daily Mail. I think he will

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be able to hear the cheeps and `` cheers and whoops of delight of

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teenagers thinking Prince Harry will be single again and on the market,

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assuming that's what this story is. The Royals are on something of a

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crest of a wave, they are on a high at the moment, just seen the Royal

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tour, the baby, everyone talking about Harry and Cressida. No matter

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how much we might not like it, it's definitely news and it will be

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popular news. So the wedding's off, they can put their fascinators away.

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The wedding is off. Ian, your opinion on this, please? Aagree with

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everything Daisy says. Can't add anything. I knew you were going to

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say something along those lines! But why the pressure became too much `

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that's just the pressure from the press saying they are going to get

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together, they are going to get married. People are going to want to

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read it and they have got to try and give it a push. Couldn't you say

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that about pretty much any relationship that's broken up. Why

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the pressure became too much ` the pressure of not agreeing. The

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pressure of hating each other. Not getting on with each other! You are

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going to be back in an hour for more. More Royal news. We'll have

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lots more, Ian. I know you are loving it. Many

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thanks. See you in an hour. Stay with us on BBC News because at the

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top of the hour, we'll have much more on tonight's resignation by the

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former Conservative MP Patrick Mercer after allegations he was paid

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to ask questions in Parliament. Coming up now, it's Sportsday.

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