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former midfielder. We will also have the latest from the French Open, as

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Andy Murray breezes into the third round.

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With me are David Davis the media commentator and former director of

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the Football Association, and Anne Ashworth, the assistant editor at

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the Times. We are starting with the Daily Express, which says that

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doctors are winning the war against high blood pressure, saving tens of

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thousands of lives every year. The government is hiring debt collectors

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to chase hundreds of thousands of people whose tax credits were

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overpaid, that is according to the Independent. The chief executive of

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the NHS has told the Daily Telegraph there needs to be more treatment of

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patients in their local communities. The Metro is reporting that members

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of East drug smuggling gang have been convicted by a court, but only

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ordered to repay ?24. `` a drug smuggling gang. The Guardian reports

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that there is possible problems with the calculations of the cost of

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independence in Scotland. The Times reports on a woman who was murdered

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for marrying illegally. The Daily Mail reports on the Chilcott enquiry

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into the Iraq war. The Daily Mirror shows a photograph from today's

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vigil for Stephen Sutton, the teenager who raced so much money for

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cancer charities. We will start with the Times. Outrage grows over woman

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condemned to hang for falling in love. This is a woman in sedan who

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is a Muslim, but married a Christian, and now she is being

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condemned to death. She gave birth this morning in a prison, shackled,

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she already has one child living with her there. Her husband is a

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biochemist, she is a doctor, and they are caught up in a story of

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dark retribution and punishment that would shame the Dark Ages. She is

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accused of apostasy, that is, denying the fact that she was a

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Muslim. She says she was raised as a Christian, her husband who is a US

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citizen originally from South Sudan, and the court in Khartoum has said

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that she must die in two years after she has finished nursing her baby,

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for apostasy. For having denied and gone back on what they say is the

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Muslim faith. One suspects, David, that the majority of Muslims around

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the world would see this case and would actually be quite appalled by

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it. I would assume that, and for me, I have faith, and I look at other

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faiths, and I would think that anybody who has any faith, whatever

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it may be, would find this almost the comprehension. Not least in the

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21st century. But here is the story, those are the facts, as were

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outlined, and there are some extraordinary facts here. She went

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into labour after two months kept chained in a cell. The judge found

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she was Muslim because of the faith of her father, was therefore guilty

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of apostasy for marrying someone not a religion. He jailed her and

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annulled the marriage that had taken place in a church in Khartoum. The

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judge delayed her execution by two years so she could nurse her baby.

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Filled with horror, and the word outrage barely describes how one can

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feel. What the stories like this, do you think... How do they colour

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potentially the attitude of non` Muslims to the Muslim faith? It is

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not just this story, yesterday we had the woman stoned to death

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outside the High Court in Lahore for marrying someone against her fathers

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wishes. Stoned to death by her own family. We have this story from

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Niger, where the African Union is launching a programme to try to

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prevent the marriage of 14 million underaged girls across the continent

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every year. These stories, what kind of a picture do you think they paint

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or non` Muslims of the Muslim faith? I would think that most

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Muslims would look at this in their heart would sink. They would be

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horrified. The way their fate is being betrayed, and the way their

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beliefs are being perverted. It seems to be, maybe there is a

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pretext for the court in Khartoum, maybe they are using religion in a

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way that they have decided is expedient in this case. We know that

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anybody would feel horror at this. And who is going to do anything

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about it, that is the question? Sitting here in a warm part of

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central London, what responsibility does our government have, and who

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can influence those in authority in this country, in Sudan, to do

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something about what is going on? One suspects it is politicians a

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long way I fear from the UK and the US, and the European Union. Haven't

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we just signed off some aid to Sudan? Maybe we should be saying,

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well it is dependent on human rights. These are deeply

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conservative countries. Is it for us to be telling them how they should

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be running their affairs in that sense? You can beat yourself up all

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night on the sort of subject. It is interesting that and raises the

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issue of international aid. I am involved in the international legacy

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of the Olympic Games with Sebastian Coe and others, and this morning we

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were discussing whether there was an argument that in the future we

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should be targeting difficult countries, and Sudan would be just

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that sort of country. Can Sudan so easily dispense with the Doctor?

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That is what this lady is. This is how cheap it holds the life of

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someone who could this much good its community. The front page of the

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Times as well. David, non` apology plunges Lib Dems into fresh chaos.

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It is only a week to this moment that the election pundits were

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telling us, disastrous night for the Liberal Democrats! When they went a

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bit deeper, they said, come the general election next year they will

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lose around 21 of the 57 seats, and hang on a minute, some good news for

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the Liberal Democrats, still probably hold the balance of power.

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Then come forward seven days, and you suspect that here is a political

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party hellbent on political suicide. Just as I observe it, I

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find it quite remarkable that the situation they have got in. Any

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reading of the history of the minority parties in coalitions

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around Europe tells you that this can be the fate of those minority

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parties. I also thought that the point that Tony Blair made the other

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day, that the real problem here is that they had a manifesto in 2010 to

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the left of the Labour Party, and ended up in coalition with the

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Tories. So all these problems were bound to build up, not the

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infighting we have seen in the past with Lord Rennard. What about the

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timing of Lord Rennard's apology tonight? It confirms the

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electorate's worst fears and worst suspicions about politicians. We had

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huge numbers of people who stayed away from the elections last week

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because they think that they are all dreadful people who can't get on

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with each other, and this confirms all their worst suspicions. Does

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anybody hate each other worse than the Lib Dems? I have seen some

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other... They do private polling on each other? ! What a way to treat

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your colleague! This is schoolboy stuff compare to what they get up to

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in the US, let me tell you. Let's go to the mail. Whitewash already

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appearing in relation to the Chilcott enquiry into the Iraq War,

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and it hasn't even been published yet. This follows the announcement

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today that just quotes and gists will be published, and they will be

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radically censored. Anyone mentioned will be able to have a say as to how

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they are referred to and as to whether that information or

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reference can be used. So for the families of the 179 servicemen who

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died in the conflict, for many of those families this is not enough,

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because they want to know the full truth, and indeed the full truth was

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what the Chilcott enquiry was supposed to give us. Sir John

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Chilcott has seen documents, he has read them all, so he is aware of

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what is in this, but he said it can't all be public. Cabinet

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Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has vetoed the release of these letters.

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You sense that Tony Blair has got the blame for this, and he

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vehemently denies that he has had anything to do with what should be

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published and what should not. You suspect that Sir Jeremy Heywood

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would come into the enquiry. If you are the father or mother of a

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soldier who has lost his or her life in Iraq, you would absolutely take

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the attitude that some of them appear to be taking tonight. Having

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said that, I do listen. When you travel abroad, and people do follow

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British army news, 24`hour news, world news, et cetera, and they say

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he go the British again, saying that private conversations involving the

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president of the United States should be made public. A lot of

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people in America don't agree with that, and which other countries

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would be open to that? It leaves the families of those who have died in

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Iraq in a very difficult situation indeed. We are going to go to the

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Independent. We are going to end on the Sun talking about Ed Miliband,

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but we are going to the Independent. A story about debt is hounding the

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poorest over tax credits. People who overpaid tax credits are being

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chased by private debt collectors for this money. In many

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circumstances these are very poor people who possibly can't afford to

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repay the money, and in some cases these overpayments a rise from HMRC

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mistakes, that they gave these people too much money, and I know

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from some letters we have had at work that these families try to say

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to HMRC that they are paying too much, and they say no, we don't make

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mistakes. Now they are coming after them. I don't does agree with the

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principle getting back overpaid money, but it is a futile attempt,

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and it should be done in a decent way. This is a potential scandal

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that the WGP can't allow to get any bigger. I agree with all but one

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point that has been made. She just said the revenue said that we don't

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make mistakes, I cannot believe that HMRC have ever said that. There are

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some mistake here in this story. We are going to go to the Sun. Page

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six, Ed Miliband, I don't read papers, David. He doesn't watch TV,

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either! I had some England manages over the years, he used to say

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publicly, I don't read the newspapers. In certain cases that

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was somewhat economical with the truth, I have to say, but the

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problem is, he says he relies on his aides, and they have to get

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absolutely everything right because you can end up in a situation where

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somebody, particularly on the election trail, says something you

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know nothing about... Yes, but he says he insists he likes to follow

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his own path. I'm not sure what that path is. He is not informed... You

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are the leader of the party that could potentially hold power, it

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could come PM, would you want to admit that you don't read the

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papers? Also that you are taking your news from American websites

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which follow progressive American politics. Is he not supposed to be

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in touch with the cost of living and all these other crises? It is

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interesting. The last person who potentially admitted they did not

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read newspapers was the woman running against Mr Obama. Her name

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has escaped me completely. Canada, Alaska, Sarah Palin! That's it!

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Now it is time for sports. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm Lizzie

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Greenwood`Hughes, the headlines this evening...Still

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