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


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


Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing


us tomorrow. With me are the barrister Sophia Cannon and Torcuil


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


with the Guardian. Nigerian roubles parade liberated girls in propaganda


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


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


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


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


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


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


terror for these girls is juxtaposed against the criticism of the


Nigerian government. The first criticism of the Nigerian government


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


going down and interest rates staying low, the property market


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


UKIP policies and raised questions about them. A UKIP councillor


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


equalisation of broadcasting that people can say what they wantny now


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


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


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


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


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


hundreds of schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria.


Coming up, it's time for Sportsday.


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