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arose no because her role as Andy Murray's coach `` Amelie Mauresmo.

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

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bringing us tomorrow. With me are broadcaster Henry Bonsu and former

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trade minister Lord Digby Jones. Pretty much all of the papers are in

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now, let's have a look at some of them. Starting with The Metro,

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dedicating its front page to the increasing pressure international

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football chiefs are putting on FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign.

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The Telegraph warns that millions of over 50's could risk harming their

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health if they follow new NHS guidance telling them to take

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statins. The Independent asks if the West will have to intervene in Iraq

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again, after Islamic militants seized control of the northern city

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of Mosul. The Guardian claims men in Asia are being kept as slaves to

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work on fishing boats in Thailand. The seafood they harvest is being

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sold to supermarkets including Walmart and Tesco. The Daily Mail

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leads on the fallout from a major backlog of passport applications.

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The Financial Times leads with OFGEM's calls for energy suppliers

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to cut costs for householders, following a drop in the price of

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wholesale gas and electricity. Energy prices also make the front

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page of the Scotsman. And The Times claims London Mayor Boris Johnson is

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heading for a clash with the Home Secretary Theresa May, over buying

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Britain's first water cannon. So let's begin.

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We will start with the Scotsman, is it me, or is it getting hot in

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here? It is! I can feel it coming through the cameras here, the blood

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boiling. Indeed. But many viewers at this particular story. Energy firms

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will be quizzed over price cut failures. Wholesale energy prices

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have fallen 38% in the last few years. Our bills haven't, what is

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going on? You would expect the energy firms to show they are in

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step with the public. Of course, they increased our bills and energy

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by 10.4% last year. If prices have fallen to their lowest since June

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2010, Ofgem has written a letter. That is all that has happened. The

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papers have jumped on this, to show that they are in step with British

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people 's concerns. There is a price squeeze that we are all feeling.

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So, these companies, they are all now under pressure to explain why

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they haven't yet passed those price reductions on to consumers. It is

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essentially a pressure on them, and I think one or two of them could go

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for broke and so, OK, we will be the first to cut prices. OK. You are a

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former trade minister, this is supposed to be a competitive market

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but the fact is, that all of the Big six, certainly, they are bound by

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the same cost pressures. Whether it is the cost of getting energy to our

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houses, the cost of having to deal with government initiatives, green

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initiatives, that kind of thing. It is not a competitive market though,

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is it? If you look at food, that is the biggest part of a household

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budget, but... I think it is energy. No it isn't. We know who won

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the battle against anorexia! We dealt with this, mate! Exactly! If

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you look at Fede, if the commodity costs of something, like wheat, or

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milk drops... You do not suddenly see one of the big for dropping

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their prices before everyone else `` food. It is not only an issue about

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energy, like you raised, but about domination of the market. The bit

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that I don't get, they have been under the cosh, they are every

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single piece of market research, saying that they are not trusted or

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liked. They have two win the trust back of the British people. Wouldn't

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you think that 24 hours before the story came, one of them would

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say... Wholesale prices have gone down. At midnight we will drop our

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prices. ``to. If there were 100 adverts in papers... I don't get

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it, like bankers, when they are losing money, they pay themselves

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bonuses. They don't get it. Is that because of group thinking? It is

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because they can. The other thing I don't understand, this story is not

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only in the Scotsman, also in the Daily Mirror, the Daily Express...

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It is a big story. British Gas says that they buy their gas in advance,

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so wholesale prices do not sleep through immediately. That is

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rubbish! If you think about it, you basically hedge, don't you? ``

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sleep. Then, you know exactly what you're fixed cost is. ``seep. Other

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costs are rising, they say. Like transport. What I don't understand

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is that there is nothing new in this. This is an suddenly, director!

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These prices are going down... I will tell you who should be worried

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``eureka. Ed Miliband goes down and gets populist... Let's have a price

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freeze. But it must work both ways. If you get the energy market that is

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cyclical and you have frozen the price by statute, they are not going

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to drop it, are they? They will say they will not raise it or drop it.

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That is a big lesson to him. That's a good point, if Ed Miliband had

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been in power and he had frozen prices six, seven, eight months

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ago... We would all be in trouble now, wouldn't we? It depends on

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where you fix this price. It depends on energy rates. I wouldn't trust a

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politician to run a bath, let alone a business. They did the job for

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business, but not in politics. It is poli`tricks! You cannot have

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politician saying they will fix the prices of eggs. Then you would have

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a lot of people saying "how dare they!" But the energy companies

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should be able to say... They missed a trick. One of them could have

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publicly started. I expect they are watching it now. They all watched

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this, of course! And if not, we know where they live! ``watch. That is an

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interesting comment, we do not encourage that kind of behaviour!

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Let's move on! On to the Financial Times, an important story this. What

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we are seeing is the potential continuing fracture of Iraq. People

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forget about this, but a few years ago, Mosul was never off the

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television. And the Lodz. We are talking about a radical Sunni

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group. Operating in Syria, Isis. `` ``Fallujah. Mosul has essentially

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been taken over. People are pointing the finger at President Obama, who

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promised that he would end the war in Iraq. He has wound down the

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presence to nothing, but now they are saying you should have left a

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presence there because now look at what has happened. He was dammed if

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he did and darned if he didn't. Everyone, including the Republicans

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and John McCain, are saying that. `` dammed. I go through Parliament

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Square to get to the Lords, and there is always a demonstration. You

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leave Iraq, and this is what you get. It is interesting, here is a

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country that is trying so hard to rebuild. And because it is not in

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the news, these things happen. Today, I bet you that there are

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people having such a hard time in Crimea in the minority, in Libya,

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Syria... They are not in the news, for some reason, we do not believe

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that it's happening. This has been happening here for a long time.

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Because it doesn't make the news, we don't think it is happening. You

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wouldn't expect this to be on the front page of the Financial Times

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really. That is interesting, as to why. It is strategic. Because of

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Iraqi oil. I think they care about human beings as well! I know you

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find that difficult on the BBC... But the concern is, in Western

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capitals, that Isis, this brutal group, they are the ones leading the

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beheadings in Syria. They have taken to strategic cities. Let's move on

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to the Guardian, `` two. Fishmeal sold in shops in the UK. We spoke

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about this at 10:30pm. I am glad it has been brought up again. Excellent

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journalism by the Guardian, this is exactly where the power of Western

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commerce can make a difference to people 's lives. If you are going to

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stop this, or stop the abuse of textile workers in Bangladesh,

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whatever it may be, at the end of the day, there are two agents who

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can do this, the massive buying power of the big supermarkets of the

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Western world, and secondly, you and I, whether we are going to start

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quizzing our supermarket destinations, down the road, where

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do you get your fish from? What do you do? Those two things together

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will make a difference to people 's lives in Thailand. Put it on the

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front page of a newspaper. Get it spoken about on the BBC, and

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everything else, that is the only way to get these massive... The

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power of a supermarket is huge. That is the way to drive it forward

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economically. Tesco, Morrisons, Walmart, the Co`op... Huge financial

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concerns, like Costco. And the biggest supermarket in Europe, they

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are French. They are all on board here, saying they will look into

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this. They say that slavery is unacceptable. The question is, what

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will they do? In three months time, the Guardian could run this again.

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How was it for you? The journalists who wrote this very good let's hope

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they do well. It was entered for the one world media awards, you hear the

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stories about these guys, from Burma and Thailand, tricked into this. It

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is a long`term debt bondage, 20 years of no pay. You will not get

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governments in the developing world to change this. They do not want

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civil disturbance, they want a quiet life, this government. The only way

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you can do this is the buying power of a Western multinational, if you

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get them on board, venue and I appreciate that we could have to pay

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more Bush. `` and then you and I. `` can pay more for our fish. Then you

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ask, are you in the can process? We do not ask that. David Cameron, no

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action on EU migrants. The PM defies calls to regain border controls. Did

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he really have a lot of leeway to do anything? Not really. By treaty, we

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have agreed the free movement of goods, services and people for many

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different countries. I think it is 27 or 28. It is 28 now. And that

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migration has not fallen into the tens of thousands but has gone up

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again. Two more than 20,000. That is a pledge that will be met by the

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next general election. ``to. The Prime Minister is under pressure to

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bring back border control for those within the European Union, he

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cannot, he has admitted that, but is going to do more to stop people from

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outside of the EU coming in. What really worries me is that a lot of

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the businesses in which I advice, we have a problem with skilled labour,

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India is a good example, the home of a lot of good quality unskilled

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labour, they want to come here and work hard, bring skill and create

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wealth for themselves and for Britain. They want to live in peace.

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What is happening, on the back of "sorry, I cannot do anything about

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EU migration...". It is the brown people. Not necessarily. And

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Canadians, there are not a lot of brown people in Canada. Get a chip

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off your shoulder. Seriously, we should be having quality Indian

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migration. Of course. And, some from the EU should not be coming. What is

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happening, "oh, we cannot do anything about inside the EU" . You

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sound like you from UKIP! Most people are hovering on the border

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between the Tory party and you could, they will look at this and

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say, maybe I should not return to the Conservatives `` UKIP. My

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argument was nothing to do with UKIP or Tory, but business needs. You

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have two create tax and build schools and hospitals.

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been given clearance by the Home Secretary. He does not listen to her

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and she has been distracted with the row between her and Michael Gove. It

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is all about who will succeed Mr Kamran. I have missed lead you, it

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is three `` misled `` Mr Cameron. They won't have been built in

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Britain, that's what annoys me. Henry, thank you so much for the

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exhausting... It wasn't bad as the previous hour, was it? Thank you for

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looking at the stories behind the headlines. Stay with us on BBC News.

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At the top of the hour, ALT industry correspondent looks at what the

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suggestion is the energy companies aren't passing on to us. Various

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falls in the cost of wholesale crisis for energy `` our. Before

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that, it is time for Sportsday. Good evening and welcome to

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Sportsday. UEFA make their voice heard of a number of European

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football chiefs urged Sepp Blatter to step down as FIFA president in

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the wake of recent corruption

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