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will round up the snooker results. And Mark Cavendish wins the third ``

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a third tour. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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

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Deputy Political Editor at the Financial Times and the writer and

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comedian David Schneider. Tomorrow's front pages. Starting with the

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arrest of Gerry Adams, on the Telegraph. The Sinn Fein president

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is being questioned tonight about the murder of Jean McConville in

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1972. The Mail leads on the same story and suggests the arrest could

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jeopardise the peace process. According to the Guardian there's

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been a huge surge in workers tied to zero`hour deals. The main picture is

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of Jeremy Paxman, who's quitting Newsnight. GPs' leaders have told

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the Times that hundreds of thousands of patients face losing their family

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doctor because of funding reforms. The FT has news of government

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advisers apparently making money during the privatisation of Royal

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Mail. The Independent's front page shows Bob Hoskins, who's died aged

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71. The paper calls him the "geezer's geezer". The actor also

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features on the Metro's front page. The paper's lead story is a warning

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from the World Health Organization about the effectiveness of

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antibiotics. Starting with The Daily Mail. Gerry

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Adams arrested over we do's murder. He has been questioned at the police

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station tonight and this murder was back in 1972, this woman who

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disappeared. Gerry Adams has made it clear that he had nothing to do with

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it. Yes, that's what he is saying. I suppose, for me as an Englishman

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away from it all, it is so easy to get misty eyed about what happened

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in Northern Ireland. Martin McGuinness was with the Queen,

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things we couldn't have imagined back in the 70s. It is very

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affecting but I was in Northern Ireland a couple of weeks ago and it

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is just there underneath the surface. People. What worries me

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here is that when you hear the details about this, it's a terrible

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thing. `` underneath the surface for some people. It will bring up bad

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feelings that's just beneath the surface for some people. Some people

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say this accusation has been bubbling around for some years and

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there is some political implication on the timing of it. But it's a

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worry because things have moved on but the temptation is to revisit

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those old wounds. Sure. The unionists argue that to a degree

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they haven't done that well out of the peace process. On some fronts,

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particularly in their eyes in getting those IRA members who they

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believe were responsible for murders and killings and shootings and so

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forth. They would say that this is a good night tonight, that Gerry Adams

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has been arrested, but Peter Taylor who has covered this conflict for

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many years says Gerry Adams has been arrested hundreds of times on a

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number of issues and has never been charged. It interesting you say

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that. In terms of how this came about, it was because Gerry Adams

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was indicated by a former IRA man, who has now died, in this Boston

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College where he names Gerry Adams as the man who gave the direct order

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to kill Jean McConville, who I didn't realise but she was actually

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a widow who had ten children. It is tragic. By all accounts, she was

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dragged away from her children out of the house. Awful. Sinn Fein have

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said that their view is that this... The fact this has come up

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now is actually because the individuals are going to great

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lengths to try to uncover it because of what you said, caused their is a

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feeling that there are things that have happened in the past that

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haven't been properly dealt with and that basically the Republicans have

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got away with it. And so, yes, probably there is some element of

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feeling like maybe it is time to have some retribution. There isn't a

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balance between the absolutely understandable need for justice and

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knowing what happens to the victims and the peace process and I think

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that's what the comfort letters are about, the amnesty, negotiated as

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part of the agreement. It is how you balance bringing up the past and

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those animosities with justice. The desperate situation that it was in.

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Is interesting, the way the papers have covered it. Partly because it's

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a braking and astonishing story, people are just beginning to see

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what the locations could be. But the Telegraph have written it really

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straight. The Mail, their take on it has been the fourth paragraph. ``

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the applications could be. Full is `` it happens on both sides. The new

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breed the details and you think, of course anyone connected will that

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will want justice. `` then you read the details. Gerry Adams has been

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arrested but he has made it clear over a number of years and tonight

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that he had nothing to do with the murder of Jean McConville back in

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1972. Going on to the FT. Does it look as if this whole thing is

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beginning to unravel? First of all the allegation is it was flogged off

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to cheaply, then it was flogged to long`term investors. Quite a lot of

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them sold their shares and made a killing within days or weeks. Now

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this? You have hit the nail on the head. The issue was the

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government's defence on the sale of Royal Mail, the shares went up

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nearly four `` 40% on the day of trading. There was a profit of ?750

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million on the share rate, which would have gone to the taxpayer had

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the deal being priced differently. It has turned out that there were 16

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investors that the government said were launched on investors, as you

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said, who were meant to hold on to the shares, and it turns out that 12

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of them sold their shares very quickly, some of them after the

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sale. What's more, Vince Cable released these names under duress

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today. The government have resisted releasing the names, saying the

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legal requirements meant they couldn't but they did release them.

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The names is management. They had an allegation of shares. The investment

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bank advised the government on the sale. Just to be clear, financial

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institutions do have Chinese walls, whereby the investment banking arm

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cannot talk to the asset and madame. Are completely separate

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organisations. `` asset arm. Gravitationally this looks bad for

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the government and this sale was meant to be the crowning glory of

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Vince Cable's tenure ship. `` in terms of reputation, this looks bad.

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This story really shocked me. I am surprised they didn't want this

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revealed. Everything about the Royal Mail thing, the government doesn't

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know the price of milk, bread or the Royal Mail. The completely undersold

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it. Maybe by ?1 billion? Imagine what it would do for the NHS. It

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seems to have gone to their friends, his long`term investors. In terms of

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mayfly it is long`term. I do have a bit of sympathy, to put the

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government's case across. It was a difficult thing to pull this off

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because if they had... If they had overpriced shares and retail

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investors have bought in and Royal Mail staff had had shares and they

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all had losses, it would have been absolutely awful. So they had to

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price it in a way that there was an uptick... It had to be tempting. But

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not 40%. You are presuming they had to do it. If you are going to float

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something, you tend to under call it. There was no reason to float

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it. We have seen how wonderful privatisation is with the

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utilities. Why float it? They needed the money. It seems that a lot of

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their friends, a lot of big businesspeople, have done very well.

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Good mac also, other Secretaries of State, other business Secretary of

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State, people have tried to do this. `` also. It was a success... There

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is a bigger argument about whether governments should own industries or

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not. If you say they shouldn't, they did restructure the business, they

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got it away and they made a profit. You know, Cameron took a hammering

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from Labour. I think they are going to keep digging in a mess. And not

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just Cameron but Vince Cable will have problems with this. Under the

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Times. Patients at risk as GPs face forced shutdown. It isn't looking

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good for the government. Privatisation, we were told they

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would be no top`down reorganisation of the NHS before the election and

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there has been a top`down reorganisation, at the same time as

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money being cut. Now it seems the latest catastrophic meltdown, the

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quote GP leaders say, is in surgeries. They say there would be

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enough money for GPs because of what the government calls a tidy up in

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the complex payment system. That could mean that several... 98

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practices could close, almost 100 practices could close. We lurch from

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crisis to crisis with the NHS. The government must have been so pleased

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that there wasn't a flu epidemic, that we had a mild winter, from that

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point of view. It just makes you feel that they need to address the

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underfunding in the health service. They are so hands off, the patient

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is ill and their solution seems to be to lock bit off the patient and

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sell it. This is an interesting story because there has been the

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whole NHS reorganisation and the wheels haven't come off. As you

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said. They haven't. There haven't been big moments... Like a flu

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epidemic, where suddenly there is chronic underfunding. This, to me,

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is really dangerous for the government. The whole thing is that

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Labour were always trusting of the NHS and the Tories never did. David

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Cameron managed to turn that around, partly because he obviously

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used the service with his own late son, who sadly died. But he was a

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really big back of the NHS and they turned their reputation around. They

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do not want to go into an election with people beginning to think

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that... It remains, you know, the big concern for voters. People love

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it. They care about it and do not want to see the service depleted.

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The Master inquisitor announces departure from the late show for a

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new night. It feels like the end of an era. I was suspicious when he

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grew his beard, when you are tired of shaving for work, you are tired

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of life at the BBC. . I am always bright and perky. I have some of his

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most famous interviews here. He was asked 12 times if he had threatened

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to overrule, it takes nerves of steel to do that doesn't it? Not if

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you have nothing else to say. He admitted that they were supposed to

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go to a tape and that it wasn't ready. He got an award for that, for

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asking the question 13 times. And then there was the Chloe Smith

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interview. I felt sorry for her. She had to defend the indefensible. You

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hang out with all of these politicians every day. He must be so

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happy that he is going `` they. I would imagine especially the younger

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lot who are more seasoned in the political answer, it will be

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terrified if they have to go on his show and be up against him. Why

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wouldn't you be? He has been so difficult. I don't know how they're

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going to replace him. Maybe they just won't bother. It will be Ryan

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Giggs as an interim presenter. We will now go to the front of the

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Independent, a fantastic actor, Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71.

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He described himself as a short, fat, broken middle`aged man with a

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big nose and a bald head. I remember him as a teenager. The Long Good

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Friday was such a fantastic movie. There is that fantastic scene when

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he has all the gangsters out on the meat hooks and yelled at them. Just

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his face, absolutely brilliant. I never actually worked with him,

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which was sad but I have always heard that he is a lovely man.

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Everyone says that when someone passes but I have heard that that is

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true and yet he seemed so dangerous on screen and on stage and that was

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a real quality. Such quality. It has been great having you many thanks

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``, But coming up next it's time for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to

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Champions League Final. There'll be no World Cup for Andros Townsend.

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season, that's a record for Robertson

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