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Sheffield. And play`off places up for grabs in rugby union Leagues. We


will have the results. At is all in Sportsday in 15 minutes after the


papers. `` that is all in Sportsday. Hello and welcome to our look ahead


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


the broadcaster Alice Arnold and Alison Phillips, weekend editor at


The Mirror. Good to have you here, and thank you to the newspapers


which were in in double time tonight. Tomorrow's front pages: The


Independent has more on Pfizer's rejected bid for British drugs


company AstraZeneca. It claims a former top scientist for


Pfizer has warned against the takeover, saying it could be


devastating. The Mail has an interview with one


of Max Clifford's victims, who says she's angry at the celebrities who


queued up to defend him. Exercise does beat arthritis,


according to the Express. The paper says even a gentle trip to the


kitchen during an ad break can make a difference.


The FT says the Treasury is set to benefit to the tune of ?4.5 billion


thanks to the new Help to Buy scheme.


The Telegraph has a photo of Stephen Sutton, the teenager who has raised


more than ?3 million for charity while fighting cancer. He's been


discharged from hospital, describing his own recovery as "quite


remarkable". The Mirror says Lord Hanningfield,


the peer whose expenses scam the paper exposed, said he needed the


money so he could pay a man to look after his chickens while he was in


Westminster. The Guardian leads on the sentencing


of celebrity publicist Max Clifford. The paper says his contemptuous


attitude during the trial had added to the length of sentence given by


the judge. And it is with the Max Clifford


trial that we will begin. It is on a number of papers, as you would


expect. We will look at how the i was covering it. Clifford jailed for


eight years for sex attacks, contempt for victims promised the


judge to impose consecutive prison sentences. Often we hear prison


sentences are imposed concurrently. I think there was a surprise. Most


of us, when we heard eight years went, gosh, eight years. And he is


due to serve at least four. He will do half his sentence before being


eligible for parole. But it does seem that his attitude seems to have


made the judge quite cross. The Mail on Sunday three has this picture of


him behind this news reporter, the famous clip which did not go out, in


which he was mimicking the reporter, shadowing his actions, not taking


the thing very seriously. His whole attitude all along has been, I am


not taking this very seriously. He has shown no remorse. His lawyers


say he may appeal. He would not show remorse if he might appeal because


that would be contradictory. The other thing is that because these


are historic offences they would be regarded differently if they were


committed now. The judge said that now some of these would be regarded


as rape. But what is really interesting is that this is the


first successful conviction that Operation Yewtree have had. Today


they have been trying to get that out there. They are right to do so.


One of the victims speaks today in an interview in the Mail. She says


that she thinks it is so important that justice is seen to be done,


because for a long time people were saying, it is another witchhunt,


everyone is after the celebrities, these women are fantasists and


liars. We have had four women whose evidence was so compelling that


there has been a conviction, and it shows that even on very historic


cases, they can be taken seriously, they will be taken seriously and


there is a conviction from it. It is a hugely important case. If it had


failed, we would have seen very few people prepared to come forward in


the future, believing that every time the cases come up, people say


it is a witchhunt and the person gets off. The same problems. These


women who felt they could do nothing at the time would then feel they are


still not being believed now. It is fantastic that it can be shown that


historic cases are treated seriously and a jury can take enough evidence


to convicted on it. Especially at a time when statistics suggest


convictions for sex offences are going down. This is bucking the


trend. And a serious sentence, which does not belittle what went on.


Let's look at the Mirror. I did it for my chickens. This is Lord


Hanning Field, who looks rather different to the last time I saw


him. He is 73 and was exposed by your paper, Alison. Tell us how that


happened. This is a lord who has a ready been imprisoned for falsely


claiming on expenses. He was jailed in 2011 but unlike the rest of us,


if we went to prison, we would not be able to step back into our jobs.


He is able to step back into the House of Lords because that is


allowed. Not only that, but he then gets his ?300 tax free daily


allowance. But what the Mirror discovered last summer was that he


was actually able to be seen going in, coming out, sometimes for as


little as 20 minutes, for which he picks up ?300. He has obviously been


called to account their by the committee on privileges and conduct.


At the time when we confronted him he said, I am not the only one doing


it, there are 50 of them. So they called him in and said, what has


been going on? He said, I needed the money to pay someone to look after


my chickens when I am at Westminster. He says, I don't have


any money and I need money to look after my dog, clean my house,


electricity, food. I have to live, don't I? I am a working peer. He


omitted to say, not very hard`working. This is public money


as well. We are paying for him. You would think there would be some


minimum amount of time that anyone would have to spend. The minimum


amount of time was long enough to get in, catch the eye of the


recorder and say, I am here. Use the car parking facilities! The Guardian


has a study revealing the death rate of under fives in the UK. This is a


rather alarming story that children in the UK are more likely to die


before reaching their fifth birthday than any other Western European


country, except for Malta. There was a doctor raising concerns about


infant death rates last week and this is adding to the concern. The


country that always seems to do best in these figures is Iceland. Their


death rate and cancer survival rates are very high as well. It was a


shocking figure to find that we are so low. We cannot see the rest of


the piece, which would analyse the reasons of death, the causes of


death, which are incredibly important. Some of them say they are


linked to people smoking during pregnancy, and deprivation, and


people not getting the right health care treatment, or disorganisation


in health care treatment for children. I don't think we can


unpick this until we know the causes of death. They think there are


issues around poverty and deprivation, children born with low


birth weight. The editor of the Lancet saying this, this argument


about the problem of poor organisation with childcare. There


is clearly an issue around midwifery at the moment, a shortage of


midwives. And all sorts of difficulties in providing an


all`round service for newborns. But these figures are taken from some


time ago, obviously, so they are not the most up`to`date necessarily. It


would be difficult to know whether it is because of changes in the NHS,


whether any of those were linked to this. I think there is a societal


issue as well. One of the figures is from 2012. 3000 children in the UK


died before their first birthday, which is quite up`to`date. It says


the deaths are mostly linked to injuries, accidents and serious


diseases. Between one and five. So I am not sure what the preventable


things are for injuries, accidents and serious diseases, or whether the


main problem is for the under one year, with the help of the mother


being crucial. It is difficult to unpick, to reveal the causes and do


anything about it. It is not where we want to be in the league tables.


The Financial Times says top AstraZeneca investor resists Pfizer.


This is a fund manager rejecting this raised offer. There is a lot of


concern, Alison, about this British company being taken over by this


American giant. If it went ahead it would be one of the largest


purchasers of a UK group by a foreign investor. David Cameron and


George Osborne have both been quite welcoming, it would appear, of the


bid, whereas AstraZeneca themselves are feeling very cautious, in that


although it might be a short`term gain for shareholders, what will be


the long`term future for the company. And jobs is or is a


concern. The government are welcoming the bid because they say


they will pay taxes in the country. The worrying thing is what would


happen to the research wings of AstraZeneca, and how would they be


affected. That is why they are fighting it, I think. They fear they


may be stripped. Another story, Help To Buy. Help To Buy profit makes


Treasury a ?4.5 billion winner from the housing boom. How is this going


to work? If the government helps you buy a house, how will they make


money? They will want their money back at some point and with house


prices going up they will gain as much as anybody else. The concern is


that although obviously they will want house prices to increase so


they get their money back, it is fuelling this problem we have with


house prices going up and up, and young people, and even older people,


struggling to afford anything. David Cameron says this scheme helps


people who would not be able to get on the property ladder because they


might not have rich parents. It has done, hasn't it? I don't know. That


is what David Cameron says. I am not quite sure about the headline,


because the figures are based on the fact that the Government gives you a


20% loan, a 20% stake in the property that you buy, and that is


interest`free for the first five years. These figures assume you will


sell the house at the end of that period, but why would you? You


might. If you want to help young people buy a house, why not build


more cheap flights, accommodation that is available? If you have to


deal with the lack of supply. Clive Betts, the chair of the communities


and the committee, says the Government ought to be ploughing


profits back into it. 20% to help to buy in London will still not help a


lot of people. They will need 90% help! It is also helping to put


house prices up for a lot of potential Conservative voters for


the next election. Cynicism at the end of the week, let your hair


down! The Telegraph, Stephen Sutton, what a fantastic story, we have been


hearing an awful lot about him, he raised ?3 million for charity whilst


suffering from cancer. He has been discharged from hospital. I didn't


know this was even on the horizon. Well, it wasn't, he has been


incredibly ill. I know he spoke at a motivational thing not that long


ago, and someone said he was the most impressive young man, and is


aimed, before he died, and he knows he's going to, was to raise 1


million. `` his aim. All these celebrities got behind his campaign


and started sending things to him, and you can see is wonderful smile,


the stuffy right on Facebook is so positive and so mature. `` the stuff


he writes. I wish him well. A fantastic picture. He has raised


more than ?3 million and touched so many people and made people think,


oh, what am I worrying about?! Amazing. The Express, exercise beats


arthritis, never too late to end crippling pain, even gentle exercise


can help. I should be all right, I have a puppy that needs a lot of


walking! I should never have arthritis, but I should not speak


too soon! This would be great if it were true. Of course it is true!


Laziness is not good for you, it was a wombles song, before your time!


No, it was not! A little bit of exercise might stop you getting


arthritis, oh! And it is supposed to stop it hurting so much if you can


get through the stiffness. It is common sense, if you sit in one


position for too long, it is not going to do you any good physically


or mentally. If you do extreme things like ballet and gymnastics,


that can cause arthritis. I shan't try out my venerable age! I'm going


to go and move around in a minute, but we will be back again for


another look at the papers that are at 11:30. On BBC News, at 11


o'clock, more of Max Clifford's trial as he is jailed for eight


years for assaults on women and girls. Coming up next, it is time


for Sportsday.


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