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Coming up, we review Louis Ruin, Pompeii and Bad Neighbours. That's

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on BBC News. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Nigel Nelson, Political Editor of the Sunday People and

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writer and political commentator Jo Philips. Quite feisty tonight,

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behind`the`scenes, don't be fooled. Tomorrow's front pages. The

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Independent on Sunday is dominated by an image from the continuing

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violence in Ukraine. The paper's main story is a claim by the head

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teachers union that pupils at a free school "learn't nothing for a whole

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term". The Sunday Telegraph says David Cameron has appointed his

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senior adviser to lead a new drive for compensation for British victims

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of IRA terrorism. More than 30 Labour parliamentary candidates have

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written to the Observer calling on Ed Miliband to support

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renationalising the rail network. According to the Mail on Sunday, the

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Labour leader is planning a crackdown on drinking, smoking and

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junk food if he wins the general election. The Sunday Express leads

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with the news that a BA steward has been found dead after a landing that

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the paper says left the entire cabin crew unfit to fly. The Sunday Times

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quotes a top cancer doctor who's calling for cutting`edge treatments

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to be rationed for the very elderly in favour of younger patients. The

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paper also reports that David Cameron is willing to take part in a

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televised debate with UKIP's Nigel Farage ahead of next year's general

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election. Finally, the Sunday Herald has become the first newspaper to

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publicly back a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

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Let's begin with the times. The idea that the PM may be happy to take on

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Nigel Farage in a heated debate. Nigel, this wouldn't be this year,

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in advance of the European elections. If this it was unlikely

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David Cameron would get out of not doing this. At some point, he would

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have to have this debate. According to the paper, people do it on a 235

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debate. The first debate with Ed Miliband on his own as a prospective

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other PM. Second debate you add Nick Clegg to the mix and in the third

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debate, the five, you add Nigel Farage and the Green Party eater

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Natalie Bennett. That is the way he envisages doing it. It sounds like a

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football team formation. Itself like they are watching match of the day.

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I wonder who will relish this the most. Probably not the viewers. It

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sounds a terribly unwieldy way to do it. The debates were great last time

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around. Listening to people talking about them on buses and trains and

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in offices, they captured the public imagination in a way that I think

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sadly, newspapers often fail. People felt there was something real. They

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like that sort of thing. It is new to us, isn't it? It is. We haven't

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got as slick as the Americans have it. By the time you get to five

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people, from a TV point of view, it would be ghastly. Unless you do it

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like the Americans do, where you have a time limit. There are all

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sorts of ways of doing it. Just because David Cameron wants it done

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that way, it doesn't mean it will be done that way. Ed Miliband will have

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something to say about this. I'm not sure he will want to have Nigel

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Farage on. Who knows? You probably cannot exclude him. There will

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possibly be some way of bringing him in. If they do as well as the polls

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predicting the European elections. On the basis of that, it would be

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absurd not to have someone with the most European MPs debating in a

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general election when they are fielding general election

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candidate. One of our correspondence have spoken to the conservatives who

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say this is not what the Times is suggesting, saying that nothing has

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moved as far as they are aware and that the PM has said publicly and

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privately he welcomes a return to TV debates, discussions about

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details... As I just said. Just as you said. I wanted to say we have

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spoken to them and the Conservatives say this is not nailed down. It is

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up to negotiation. It is about who is chairing and who is casting.

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Stone because BBC and Sky News. Everyone had to have a go. I don't

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think it will be, got to view telly. Don't you think Nigel Farage

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would be box office? Accent he would. On things like that, often

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they perform in a way you would not expect. `` I think he would. People

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didn't expect it to happen last. A source close to the PM confirms they

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are prepared to consider a range of lineups including Nigel Farage. You

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could say Bruce Forsyth ought Jeremy Parnell, couldn't you? If they mind

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their manners. Let's move on to the sun Herald. We have a request on

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social media that we include this `` the Sun. It's not often you get a

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chance to look at this paper. They are saying yes. It is the first

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newspaper coming out publicly to back the Scottish Independence

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referendum, and we hear that the editor of the newspaper, as all

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newspapers in this group have done, they have been given their free

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choice as to whether they do or don't back it or whether they stay

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impartial. Isn't it a stunning? You would put that in a frame. It is

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really beautifully designed cover. Or in a window. A very significant

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moment for the SNP and for the. You can ask us anything you like because

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we can tell you when it started publishing. The longest running

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national newspaper in the world, two years before the times in 1783 ``

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are significant moment for the SNP. How significant will it be that this

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newspaper, or any for that matter, nails its colours to the mast? The

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significance is the editorial inside. It is something we need to

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learn in Westminster and Whitehall. Our politicians are getting the

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argument wrong. In Scotland, which is what the paper will make

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tomorrow, this is an emotional argument about the future of

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children, about the idea of governing the country through its

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citizens. That is an emotional thing. We bang on about things like

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the pound, tactical issues, North Sea oil, and whether Scotland can be

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part of Europe. Whereas, the Scots are talking about whether they like

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the idea of independence. What the paper is suggesting is that they do.

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It is likely them that the yes vote could carry. If you make an

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emotional argument, rather than a practical one, it could win. Don't

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you think this is where the and have got it so wrong? Everytime they have

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come up with something that is, vote for independence or there will be no

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break in Scotland. If they concentrated on the negatives or

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what will happen, rather than the positives of staying put. Yes,

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exactly. They have welded people in Scotland together. There is nothing

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so bloody`minded as the Scot. You mean it in a good way to split I do

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mean it in a good way. There is great political literacy in

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Scotland. There is a much more open discussion. It is much less tribal.

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People are Scottish first and party tribal second. I think this is

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interesting. It is interesting that a newspaper like this could have

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such an influence. It is spectacular to come out now. It is the first

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newspaper to publicly back the vote. It is not a surprise. Other

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newspapers haven't come down one side or another. I wonder if more

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will? As we get closer to September and the referendum, I would be

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surprised if newspapers didn't when that happens. This will take the

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debate one stage forward. It is important that people in London

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understand where the Scots are coming from in this paper helps. The

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Sun on Sunday is where we will go. They have commissioned a poll from

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you Government, asking what people think of Ukip and apparently a lot

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of people think they have become a magnet form racists and its `` You

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Gov. They don't think the party itself is racist. It is a

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fascinating poll and as you said, six out of ten people think that you

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get is packed with extremists. They are prepared to desert mainstream

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parties to vote for UKIP. We have said that UKIP is likely to win the

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European elections at the end of the month. What is interesting is that

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it isn't that they love UKIP, they actually don't like the other

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parties. There are lots of parties they do like. If someone could pull

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all of these things together, they would win all of the elections. UKIP

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tops the poll with 29% support for the European elections. If Britain

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went for a hung parliament, most people would prefer a labour, Lib

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Dem Alliance around. Although the Conservatives got a lead of the

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economy and David Cameron is seen as the person most suited to be PM, Ed

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Miliband is seen as most in touch with people. As you say, there are

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some helpful ingredients. What it shows is that those people who will

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vote for UKIP, will be a protest vote. It is not that they think UKIP

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are not racist, they obviously do, they just don't care that they are

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racist. On that basis, it doesn't matter what the party stands for,

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they want someone else to vote for a part from the main three parties.

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Only in these elections, not in the general election. It will give UKIP

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a bigger platform when it comes to things like that. It will. Lets move

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on bring rail under state's control, this is more than 30 of Ed

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Miliband's Labour Party parliamentary candidate calling for

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a bold new policy to improve rail services. I wonder if you will groan

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when you read this that they have gone to the papers. We were

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discussing this. I think this is a briefing. I think the Labour Party

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have given the Observer this story. Nigel doesn't agree with me. I think

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it is testing the waters with the electorate. Obviously, anything that

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paints at band as red, likely to send a fear into a swathe of the

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population at the thought of nationalisation, which in the mind

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of some means strikes and walk out and curled up British rail

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sandwiches and the rest of it, which Ed Balls is aware of the dangers

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of, there are a lot of commuter belt votes that will make a huge

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difference and people are fed up with chaotic rail services,

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expensive rail services. You don't think it is a plant? I don't,

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because this is a letter to the paper from the candidates. There is

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a bit of a plot for them to get together in the first place to write

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the letter. It would appear that this is a growing idea with the

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Labour Party. What we didn't know at the last newspaper review, which we

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do now, is that John Paskin is writing in the mirror tomorrow, and

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he is talking about nationalising public services. It seems to be

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something labour is talking about. The danger is that the Tories will

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come back and say that is the old Labour Party. Lets look at the Mail

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on is under. Read Ed, which is what you said, we will force you to get

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fit `` Red Ed. It does sound puritanical, that you won't be able

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to drink or smoke or eat anything healthy, which is grist to the mail

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mill. People don't like being told what to do this is a good test for

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Ed Miliband. This is a story of extreme proportions. Most of the

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proposals actually make sense. If it means there is going to be busloads

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of inspectors coming to check your food cupboards, then obviously that

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is ludicrous. If there are lots of public pounds being spent on

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employing people to come up with ridiculous notions, he has a very

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low pain, to get people more active in ten years. In the next ten weeks

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wouldn't be a bad idea. But most of this is sensible. It is how you go

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about doing it. And those cultural habits are difficult to change. I

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don't think he is talking about this. We are talking about things

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that have been around before. Young people don't drink quite so much if

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you do that. We don't even know if they are going to do that. That is

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the papers for tonight. Thank you. It has been a long time. Stay with

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us on BBC News. Much more on the situation in Ukraine. I want to

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bring you some breaking news before we go. Police investigating

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allegations of malicious communications following the death

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of a teacher, Ann McGuire, have arrested a 42`year`old man. The

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police have said that the man, from Wales, was arrested and remains in

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custody. Police have charged a man with malicious communications as

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well, Jake Newsome, 21 years old, from Leeds, has been bailed, to

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appear before the Magistrates' Court in Leeds on Wednesday the week after

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next. A couple of instances of malicious communications. More

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details and we get them. Time now for the Film

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