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metres at the Commonwealth Games. We will also have the latest from the

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Tour de France, and the Open championship which begins tomorrow.

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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 broadcaster Dame Joan Bakewell, and

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Peter Conradi, Foreign Editor at the Sunday Times. Tomorrow's front

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pages, starting with: The Mail's main story is that the Minister in

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charge of Care for the Elderly, Norman Lamb, is now backing a change

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in the law on assisted dying. The Telegraph leads on the heatwave due

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to hit the UK this week ` it says stay indoors. And English athletes

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at the Commonwealth Games have apparently been briefed about what

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to do if they're booed by the Scots. Consumers are being warned about the

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health risks of barbecuing chicken in the Scottish Herald, after cases

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of food poisoning rose by a quarter. The extreme health alert dominates

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the front page of the Express. The Times say 10,000 suspected

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paedophiles were identified in the police operation by the National

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Crime Agency. 660 have so far have been arrested. It also has a picture

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of punters in the sunshine on the River Cam. The deaths of four

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Palestinian boys, all brothers, in an Israeli strike on a beach in

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Gaza, is the main story in the Guardian. The picture shows another

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boy who was injured in the attack. The Mirror says Nick Clegg is

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calling for an end to the coalition's changes to the payment

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of housing benefits, dubbed the bedroom tax by critics. The paper

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says it is a shocking Lib Dem U`turn, that will create a deep rift

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in the Coalition. We will start with that, the front page of the Daily

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Mirror. Nick Clegg says we must axe the bedroom tax. They were all for

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it awhile ago. It's. Danny Alexander writes a piece going with it, trying

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to justify this Liberal Democrat U`turn. And one can sympathise with

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him a bit, in so far as there was a problem that they identified, a

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housing shortage, the fact that people were receiving the benefit

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and were living in properties that were too big for them, at the same

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time as other people didn't have enough space, you can sort of see

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the logic behind it. But in practice it appears not to have worked.

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Because the overall shortage of housing, so you get a situation

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where a parent the only one in 20 people have actually been able to

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move to a smaller home `` we are apparently. The Daily Mirror is

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dubbing it is David Cameron's Poll Tax. They are looking to the

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election. The Liberal Democrats I spoke to a few minutes ago pointed

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to the report revealing that almost half of tenants with a spare room

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are now in arrears with rental payments, after a cut in the

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benefits. It is a dead parrot of attacks. It is completely over. It

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hasn't worked. As you rightly quote, there is also an announcement

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that figures last year from 60 councils found they had 160,000

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homes affected either tax, but only 9000 one or 2`bedroom places to

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offer. They haven't built enough houses. So even when people respond

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to what is meant to be the incentive of the bedroom tax, there is no way

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to solve it. It is a dead tax. It is not working. The spare room subsidy,

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they call it. They have to pay more than ?40 more. Will the conservative

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end of the coalition look at this report and say it isn't pursuing? It

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will be very difficult for them ideological E to give up on it. I am

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sure they will come back and say there are better ways to implement

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it `` ideological E. Everyone says to build more houses, it is an easy

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thing to say in the difficult thing to do. I can't see them dropping it.

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Which means the rift within the coalition will continue. But that is

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something which perhaps the Liberal Democrats want as we get closer to

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the election. They want to put distance between the two. And this

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is a good way to do it, it sounds though it you have softened towards

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people who are suffering. And it is interesting in politics and

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reporting, when you name something the bedroom tax, not that they

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called at that, but once the media referred to it as a bedroom tax, you

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have used the word itself, which is enough to make it a headline. I

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tried to balance it. It will always be a headline, and everyone knows

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what it is, like the Poll Tax was not called a poll tax. It is a bad

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mannerism, and the Lib Dems have left it late to make their views

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felt. Not too late for the next election. Perhaps not. Perfect

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timing for the next election. Going to the Daily Mail, an issue which is

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something that you have written about and care about. The care

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Minister is acting the right to die bill. The vote on a bill on assisted

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dying. The vote is exciting in the House of Lords. There is a great

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deal, I have never known so much lobbying. And people changing their

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minds. The Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, Desmond Tutu, people are

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beginning to shift their point of view. What seems to be emerging from

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what I have learnt in the house is that people who oppose the bill feel

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that it is worth having a debate about the issues. Because it has

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exercised such interest in the press, among the church, which is up

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in arms and against it. Popular opinion polls show a general

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favour. So it looks as though it will get its second reading and we

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can go on to actually debate the misinformation, the nuances of the

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bill, which are quite specific, with detailed safeguards. It is a very

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modest oppose all, and I think that may now happen. So that it will be a

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very interesting day. 130 people are coming to speak in the house of

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laws. It will go on into the night. `` the House of Lords. The Mail, the

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man in charge of care for the elderly has shifted on this

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particular issue. That is interesting. We didn't expect that,

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but it is such an important issue, by definition it can touch all of

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as. It is interesting the intervention from Desmond Tutu ``

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all of us. He was responding to what he believed was the way Nelson

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Mandela was treated. People have been writing to me in great numbers

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saying they watched that parents suffering in great pain and asking

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me to vote for the bill. Others say it that they watched their mother

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suffer and they died in a Christian way and they want me to vote against

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it. Everyone is using personal experience to come to different

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conclusions. It is extremely personal. It is a matter of

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conscience, a conscience vote, there is no government direct to make

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directive on it. It is one to watch. Onto the Times. Police tracked down

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thousands of suspected paedophiles. 660 people arrested, but they think

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that 10,000 in all suspected paedophiles have been targeted by

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the police in this operation. It is an extraordinary story. 660 arrests,

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10,000 in the headlines, read down on the story, we get the agency

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estimating that there are 50,000 people in the UK who access child

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abuse images. One wonders, by the time one get to the end of the

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article, what figure we will have reached. It is a shocking figure.

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For those of us in the last few weeks who have watched the latest

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revelations about historic sex abuse, we think of it is something

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in the 70s and 80s, and now here we are with all these people, according

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to this report, apparently, who at accessing this material. There are

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some quite interesting quotes in here. The deputy director`general of

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the National Crime Agency is saying that we have to be... We have to

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think very carefully what this means about society. How we tackle it,

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extraordinary. That is the thing. This is something that the police

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cannot arrest their way to a conclusion in this particular issue.

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Because as you have said, the numbers just go up and up and up. We

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can't arrest our way out of it, we have to understand it. This is a

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crime type we need to understand better. I don't understand it. It

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doesn't affect my kind of life, but it is clearly expensive, in its

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operation. And with all the technology, it will leap ahead of

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the attempts to stop it. Because people are even now trying to defeat

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police attempts to run it down. So it is with us to stay, and it needs

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understanding. It is very mysterious to me. Indeed, very much so. Staying

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with the front page of the Times. Cameron's man in Brussels, Lord

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Hill. It is hoped he will help him get reforms to institutions in

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Brussels. But people in Brussels haven't heard of him. We have heard

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of him because he was Leader of the House until recently. He was

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extremely courteous, he didn't want to leave by all accounts. He was

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that that ``... He was mild`mannered, he was not a great

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mighty beasts, roaring away. So we were sorry to see him go. So here is

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your man for Brussels, is that what you are saying? What David Cameron

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want someone in Brussels to do, I suspect he might know more about

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Lord Hill's skills as a negotiator which have not been required in a

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House of Lords. At the veto threat is a suggestion that from some

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technocrats in Brussels that this man clearly has the ear of Mr

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Cameron, obviously, he is his man, therefore he is potentially someone

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who doesn't particularly careful rustles, Europe, and will therefore

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not yet the requisite votes `` care for Brussels. There are two things

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at work here. One is the technocrats in Brussels. What Jean`Claude

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Juncker thinks of it, because he will be the man who decides which

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job he has. But before he even gets his job, there is the problem that

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the European Parliament, elected members of Parliament, they have to

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decide whether to endorse him or not. There is a danger that they

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won't. I think the best thing in the story here from the Times is that

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Jean`Claude Juncker had to search Google for Lord Hill's name when he

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heard the name. Some might say the same thing about Jean`Claude Juncker

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when we first heard his name as well. Very much so. I should add

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that David Cameron is in Brussels trying to introduce him. He is his

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chaperone, trying to introduce Lord Hill to the assembled politicians

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over there. There were discussing specifically the foreign affairs

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post in the EU this evening. They haven't come to a conclusion with

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that, as far as the other jobs are concerned, and certainly the ones

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that David Cameron would like Lord Hill to get, trade and so on, the

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big economic posts, that decision will not be taken for a few months.

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This is going to run and run. Indeed, a bit like the Commonwealth

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Games, which is where we turn to now. Front page of the Daily

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Telegraph, what do we do if we get booed by the Scots? They gave them

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some enormously valuable advice. They tell them not to react. Stay

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cool and stay calm. I'm sure if they are rude, there would be an element

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of good humour about it. I can't imagine it will be violent, and of

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course it will be aggressive, because doing is. But I think it

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might be rather good humoured, in the spirit of the games `` booing.

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We want the English to know that we are Scots. In the crucible of the

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independence vote, it might be less good`natured? The idea that it makes

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a headline, a whole paragraph about them being worried, and they are

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told not to react. Probably good advice. The most amusing thing about

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it for me is someone who works in newspapers, looking at the Scottish

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edition, they don't actually put that story in there. Certainly not

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on the front page. It shows some wise decision`making at the office.

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That's it for The Papers this hour. Thank you Joan Bakewell and Peter

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Conradi. Stay with us here on BBC News. Coming up next it's time for

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Sportsday.

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