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5000, or 10,000 metres. And we will have all the rest of the day's

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sports news, including a whole host of managers on the move. That's in

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15 minutes, after the papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead to

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

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Sophia Cannon, Torcuil Crichton, Westminster editor at The Daily

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Record. Tomorrow's front pages: The Telegraph says senior figures in the

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health service are claiming thousands in expense claims for fine

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dining, taxi fares and hotels. And there is an image from the video

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released by Boko Haram militants of the girls they kidnapped in Nigeria.

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The Sun says thieves have broken into the home of Peaches Geldof

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twice since her death last month. The Metro covers the story of a

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blogger who found the police on his doorstep after he mocked UKIP on

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Twitter. The Guardian says the Conservative Party has recorded its

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first poll lead in two years as support for Labour apparently drains

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away. The Mail says the NHS wants mothers who are having their second

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child to give birth at home. And Rolf Harris is pictured outside

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court at his trial. The Times reports celebrities are leaving tax

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avoidance schemes for fear of being named and shamed. That's after the

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recent revelations about members of Take That. The I covers Ed

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Miliband's promise that everyone will get to see their GP within 48

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hours. The Tories have dismissed the pledge as an unfunded pie`in`the`sky

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policy. And the Financial Times looks ahead to tomorrow, when MPs

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will question the chief executive of Pfizer about his company's plans for

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AstraZeneca. So let's begin. We will start with a Gordian. `` with the

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Guardian. David Axelrod is apparently coming over tomorrow, it

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has been tweeted tonight. ET these headlines and he might as well just

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turn around and go. He has a reputation for turning around poles

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for Barack Obama and the like. This is an eating boost for David

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Cameron, just over a week out from the European election polls it shows

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that the Tories are up while Labour is down. For the first time, Labour

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is behind the Tories. No other polls are available. Unfortunately, Ed

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Miliband tells the same story. There was a poll recently showing Labour

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on 32, a poll in The Sun Gives labour a 1`point lead. But we can't

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call it a trend, because they are posting at the same time. The

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picture is that labour is slipping. This was Ed Miliband's election to

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lose, and it looks like he has lost it. Hang on, hang on. For one thing,

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we are a year out, for another, the excess boats have gone to UKIP. We

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are losing the momentum we used to have. The prerogative used to be the

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Prime Minister of the date would call a snap election and be on top

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of the campaign. Now we have this stale, flaccid, fairly laid back

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approach. I agree we are losing an edge with his fixed term by the

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parliaments. We miss out on the break as we got with Gordon Brown.

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To be honest, it looks like we are moving into what we are quite used

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to in Scotland. Three cornered fights in politics, with UKIP

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sucking energy not just from the Tories but also from Labour. Which

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they claimed to be doing, anyway. Deep down, these polls are the worst

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result, showing that David Cameron has positive appeal raising for the

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first time in a long time. George Osborne has come back from his own

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shambles to now being trusted on the economy. He must be coated in

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catalogue. For a lot of people, the economy is doing well. it is for a

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lot of people. The concern is, this was Ed Miliband's to lose. During

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the debate in Parliament over issues such as the Budget, it sat there ``

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Ed Miliband sat there. There was no personality, policy, or performance.

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On energy, he has something to say. Let's go to the I. An MP pledges GP

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appointments within 48 hours. Will that resonate? It will. The NHS is

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in difficulty, but the problem is it is not deliverable or believable. I

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don't know about that. This was a previous policy. When I used to go

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to my GP in the east end of London, I could get a 48 hour appointment.

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The coalition government did away with that policy. Labour says they

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will bring it back. But unfortunately they will bring it

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back in the context of cutting bureaucrats, which never sounds

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good. That is why the Tories are calling it an funded and pie in the

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sky. But he has touched on the concern of society, that something

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is wrong, and they want to get it right. Miliband has the ideas

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right. Is it simply that? Is it simply the fact that labour's record

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on the economy is not that good? They allowed their record to be told

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as them rather than the banks causing the deficit. Labour sorted

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out their leadership while the Tories communicated effectively.

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That became the narrative. A lot of people believe that narrative. The

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narrative is impotence and incompetence, that is what has

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carried them through. And is not an amazing housing market, low interest

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rates, an economy doing well, high growth compared with other G20

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countries. That is what it is founded on, large growth next year,

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and they can say they rescue the economy. It is not simple

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incompetence. How do you fight against those basic figures? Not

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everyone is there. We have the highest rental figures at the

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moment. The rental policy never carried through. The weight Ed

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Miliband will fight this is to ask people whether these are the guys

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who are going to look after your? Or are they just going to look after

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the people at the top of the society. It is the same problem Mitt

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Romney had against Barack Obama in the last election. The economy was

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turning up, difficult to argue that things are doing well, but they

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would be better under us. That is why they got Barack Obama's man to

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come and work for them. David Axelrod. It will be nice to see how

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their approach changes. The start shamed into paying tax. As I said,

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it only takes a minute for these celebrities to lose their shine.

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Everything changes. No one will forget attacks dodger. You can't

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just do what you like with your tax affairs, you have to be responsible.

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I don't like this story, this gap in the papers where they expected Gary

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Barlow to hand back his OBE. He didn't face up, and the Times have

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this splash inside and how he had to pay the tax back, I understand why

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they are pushing it, it is their story. But industry experts telling

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us about tax dodging rate is falling dramatically, as it would after

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headlines like that. Particularly as the public opprobrium along with

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having to pay the money back. Image and name will be tarnished. It is

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the greatest honour in any one's career to be awarded an OBE. I think

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Gary Barlow is praying he can keep it. But the counterpoint is that no

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one will suggest to give it back, he should just have it back to show

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contrition. It is up to him, isn't it? The unfortunate thing is he will

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probably have to place a more to pay his tax bill `` played some more to

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pay his tax bill. A picture here of one of the kidnapped girls.

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Apparently this video is of some of these girls, released by Boko Haram.

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This is the first proof of life, it has been suggested by a negotiator.

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Indeed, but it now shows that terrorism does not need a gun or a

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bomb. It just needs an image and hashtag. That is the notion here. It

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will frighten a whole generation of Nigerian schoolgirls out of school.

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A shocker is that when I look behind this, they were taken from a physics

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exam. These were the brightest and the best of this area's girls. They

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were the strongest. These are the engineers, Doctors, the women who

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were going to make that big jump forward. To help the Nigerian

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economy. A legacy of this is not them being taken, it is the other

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girls who will not get to school. These were the lucky girls. They

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were getting an education. But because of their own religion, their

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location, their school, they were snatched away. They attack moderate

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Muslims as well. Indeed, 17 of the girls were Muslim. It is an unspoken

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war on women. They are the targets, the easy targets. If you wish to

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make a point, you go for the women make a point, you go for the women

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of your country. A chilling image. Young girls being held and being

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made to recite the Koran. And they are being told that they are

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bargaining chips as the terrorists want prisoners freed and are willing

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to use them as bargaining chips. What is the fear of girls with

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books? This is the issue, Pakistan, Nigeria, which country will be next?

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Moving to the Financial Times. The MPs see a cast iron pledge on

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AstraZeneca. The Pfizer chief being grilled on his intentions to take

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over the company. It is the science committee, committees are the new

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rock and roll in Parliament. Use used to see action in the chamber,

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but now the committee cross examination is where it is at. We

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had Amal Ahmed talking about these promises in a letter that Pfizer

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would keep 20% of their research in the UK. `` Kamal Ahmed. They will

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apply this unless circumstances changed significantly. That is the

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problem. That is the debt out of jail. We are at the Zenith of

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capitalism, in 2008, our banks were too big to fail. The issue now is

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that if our pharmaceutical companies are too big to fail, it will affect

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the health of the planet. If these companies are turned into the

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biggest companies we have, who will do the research and development? It

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will affect the health of the economy. ?4 billion of money, we

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know what Pfizer do. They buy up their competitors, they cut the

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jobs, and they moved the development back to home base. They don't move

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the research back to home base, because that is publicly funded.

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They want the government to do that. They will privatise the profits and

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publicise the cost. The issue is that here we have a national health

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service. It is based on a socialist ideal. In America, it is the

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capitalist ideal. So it is that crashed valve of our health

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services. Pfizer would argue that they are going to take the company

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over and make it even more profitable than it already is, which

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would be popular. This is the biggest personality, not in the

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Commons. Talking about the legacy of several Tory government in relation

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to the issue of the EU. It is designed only for one year and one

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year alone. The person sitting there thinking, I will vote UKIP. It is

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Boris being Boris. He is saying that Margaret Thatcher was not honest.

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She banged the table but she was the Prime Minister who took us a further

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into the EU than any other Prime Minister. A bit of honesty, a bit of

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confessing from Boris Johnson. I am sure the kind of comments that the

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Conservative party likes to hear. Many thanks. Stay with us because at

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midnight we will have much more on that new video showing hundreds of

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schoolgirls who have been abducted in Nigeria. Now it is time for

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Sportsday. Welcome to Sportsday. The United

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days are over. Rio Ferdinand will leave Old Trafford this summer after

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12 years at the club that he says made his dreams come true. It came

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down to

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