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organisers. And the rest of the day's sports news, including a host

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of managers on the move, in 15 minutes after the papers.

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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 the barrister Sophia Cannon and Torcuil

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Crichton, Westminster editor at The Daily Record. Tomorrow's front pages

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look like this. The Telegraph says senior figures in the health service

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are claiming thousands in expense claims for fine dining, taxi fares

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and hotels. And there's an image taken from the video released by

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militants of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. The Express says a brisk

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20`minute stroll a few times a week is all that's needed to tackle high

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blood pressure. And it covers the comments of Richard Madeley and Judy

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Finnigan, who say they've agreed to an assisted death pact if one of

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them falls seriously ill. The Metro covers the story of a blogger who

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found the police on his doorstep after he mocked UKIP on Twitter. The

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Guardian says the Conservative Party has recorded its first poll lead in

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two years as Labour's support apparently drains away. And it also

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carries an image of those missing girls in Nigeria. The Mail says the

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NHS is pushing for mothers who are having a second child to give birth

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at home. And Rolf Harris is pictured outside court at his trial. We start

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with the Guardian. Nigerian roubles parade liberated girls in propaganda

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video. `` roubles. Some measure of solace for the families of some of

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these girls, because at least they can see that they may be alive?

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Indeed. We don't know when this was taken. I know some of the players

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were showing the pixelated version of the video and do not show their

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faces because of that. But this shows the Battle of social media

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being played out here with a terrorist backdrop. 28 days of

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terror for these girls is juxtaposed against the criticism of the

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Nigerian government. The first criticism of the Nigerian government

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was that they had not bought Vista media attention, not that they had

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not located the girls. # bring back our girls has helped galvanise

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global opinion on this. And now, of course, the dilemma for the Nigerian

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authorities is, should they listen Boko Haram, who are saying they

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would be willing to release some of these girls in exchange for their

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and prisoners? Well, these images, chilling as they are, are far more

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powerful than any social media campaign. It is playing to your

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deepest emotions with these girls being held hostage in the Bush by

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armed men who see their lives as valuable. These were the lucky

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girls, the girls in schools who were getting an education in Nigeria. And

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because of religion or because of the school they went to, they were

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snatched away a month ago and this is our first sight of them. Chilling

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is the only word you can use to describe it, and a chilling message

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as well from the leader of Boko Haram, who is using them as a

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bargaining tool. He says, you talking about these girls, we will

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never release them until you release our brothers who are being held by

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the Nigerian government. So the game has moved on. They have become

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bargaining chips now. And there is gender`based violence in this part

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of northern Nigeria. Women have been pawns in the war going on there for

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a good number of years. Torcuil, the Guardian. Tories on top as Labour

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poll rating sinks to a four year low. What is going on? It is a bad

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day to be Ed Miliband, because for the first time in two years, ICM for

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the Guardian has the Conservatives ahead and Labour down to 31 points.

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And UKIP are picking up four points. This is not the only poll that has

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Labour behind today. There was an Ashcroft poll, and Lord Ashcroft is

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a Tory supporter who finances his own bowling. He had the Tories two

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points ahead. There is a Sun poll tonight which we have not seen, but

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I think it has Labour one point ahead. They are scrabbling in the

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low 30s. It does not look as if either dead or Dave `` aid or Dave

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are cutting through with the numbers they need. The big western, of

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course, is, if the Tories can squeeze UKIP, they will get a

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majority. But Labour needs to squeeze the Lib Dems, and it is not

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happening. In which case, are we looking at a hung parliament again?

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I hope not. The most disturbing thing we have had with coalition

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politics is seeing Nick and Dave in that garden, professing love for

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each other and knowing that we were going to be here for a fixed hung

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parliament. Look at the economy. It is doing well, according to a lot of

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people. Clive, the Labour Party has to look at itself and say, did we

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get the wrong brother here? Should it have been the battle of Dave and

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Dave? But how can the personality that is Ed Miliband lose this? The

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bad news for Ed Miliband is deep in the polling. It shows that yes, on

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leadership qualities, he is not cutting through. But staggeringly,

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for the Guardian poll, George Osborne, author of the omnishambles

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budget a few years ago, now has positive or better economic ratings.

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So on the economy, the Tories are coming through. Their message is

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that they repaired the economy, versus Ed's ideas. He has had more

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ideas today on the NHS. He promised energy price freezes, rent freezes.

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He says he is winning the battle of ideas. Is that enough? Ideas are all

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very well, but if you can look at the bottom line, which is inflation

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going down and interest rates staying low, the property market

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doing well, the Conservatives would point that as for them. The problem

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Labour has got at the moment is that they are looking at resentment

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politics. They are hoping that we will find something to hate.

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Everybody's house prices are rising, especially in the south. The

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issue is, do we want to go back to how it used to be, or can we trust

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the Tories? I don't think people trust David Cameron either. OK, he

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might have fixed the economy, but will he look after my interests for

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the next five years? That is the question Labour will be asking. Do

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you feel better off? Is he looking out for you? That is why they are

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painting the Tories as the party of the rich, the party who look after

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the elite, as opposed to Labour, who look after the NHS. Talking of the

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NHS, the Daily Telegraph has the scandal of NHS chief Hamas delete ``

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NHS chiefs' expenses. They were supposed to be the Chiefs in charge

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of winging down waste and shortages in the NHS. The highest individual

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bill was for Tom Kelsey, the national director for patients and

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information, who spent ?46,000 during the year, including more than

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?21,000 on hotels. This is when we have got people scrapping in the

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streets for cancer drugs. Lots of juicy details in this story. They

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will outrage people. A taxi fare from London to Preston, ?500. I

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think this is an inside job. We have got many facts here which are

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particularised so that we can get these receipts. For example, ?260

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journeys between London and Leeds on trains. But as the standard fare if

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you jump on a train that day. But these are NHS officials, not agents

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of shield. They don't have to jump on the next train to get somewhere.

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Surely they can plan and budget ahead. But an amazing amount of

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money is being spent. At the new NHS chief says there will be a ban on

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first`class trains. And he has taken a ?20,000 voluntary pay cut. His

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mantra to his staff ` think like a patient and act like a taxpayer.

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That sounds fair enough. It is not a mantra they use when claiming

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expenses in Westminster. Indeed. Let's go to the metro, Torcuil.

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Officers ask a blogger to remove a UKIP jibe. This is the funny story

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of a Green Party activist supporter, who was tweeting away to

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130 followers on Saturday, blogging about UKIP misses. He examined ten

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UKIP policies and raised questions about them. A UKIP councillor

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complained to the police. On Saturday night, knock on the door.

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The police came and said... That is bizarre. They did not say to take

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them down, they just asked if he had put them up. He said yes. They have

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been retweeted since, and his followers have gone up to 1400. So

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he is now a Twitter sensation, which is probably worse news for UKIP than

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if they had not complained at all. It was not illegal, but the police

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had to follow up the complaint? They have to follow up a crime. But it

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wasn't a crime, he didn't do anything? Again, we are not sure

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election rules have been broken but things have to be investigated. If

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they don't, that's the worst thing, if it's seen that certain parties

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can pick up the phone and then someone knocks on the door... The

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small end of a big wedge would have started with cash for peerages,

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remember ?1 million being spent on a police investigation to see whether

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Tony Blair had been selling peerages. It's parties and

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politicians using the police as a proxy to attack their opponents.

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Police can caught between a rock and a hard place, dismissing it as a

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nuisance complaint and they get hung, they go and knock on

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somebody's door. What is the election law that may have been

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contravened then? Is it clear what that is? I'm not sure. Didn't say

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he'd broken any law. They may as well just turn up and say hello.

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Broadcasters do certain things at certain times, but this is the

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equalisation of broadcasting that people can say what they wantny now

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in their own format and in this forum and it's the police now who're

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having to police and they don't know the law and neither do we. It's a

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tricky one, definitely. Thank you both, see you in an hours' time.

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Many thanks. Stay with us here on BBC News, because at the top of the

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hours ago we'll have much more on that new video showing some of the

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hundreds of schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria.

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Coming up, it's time for Sportsday.

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No need to wait to see what's in the papers - tune in for a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines. With Clive Myrie.


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