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Papers. Hello and welcome to our look at the

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morning's papers. With me are the Times columnist,

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Jenni Russell, and the broadcaster David Davies.

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Let's start with the front pages. The Financial Times reports on the

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investigation into Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, who's

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caught up in a corruption scandal from her time in the French

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Government. The Telegraph looks at the council

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officials in Rotherham who it says failed to act to prevent the sexual

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abuse of more than a thousand children.

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The Sun has an interview with a woman who tells of her abuse by

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gangs of Asian men, which started when she was eleven.

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In an interview with the Guardian, the deputy children's commissioner

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warns that children are at risk of serious abuse across England because

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of a culture of wilful blindness about the scale of sexual

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exploitation. The Express urges David Cameron to

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get tough with foreign benefit cheats.

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The Mirror leads on the warning from Britain's most senior police chief

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that hundreds of Britons who fought in Syria and Iraq have returned

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home. The Mail focuses on Rotherham and

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those in charge at the council over the last decade, who it says won't

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accept the blame for the scandal. And the Times says David Cameron is

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hesitant about agreeing to join US air strikes against Islamic State

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militants. Let's begin with the Daily Mail. There is a picture of

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format people who it claims, we won't take the blame. They are

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senior officials at Rotherham Council. If we are to believe that

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no one other than the former leader of the council in rather excerpts

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Annie responsibility for what happened, `` accepts. `` rather run.

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`` Rotherham. Joyce Thacker and others, who do they think should

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accept the blame? Presumably, a number of people should be

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responsible for what happened to 1400 children over a remarkable

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number of years. Initially, what struck me was the silence of so many

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of the authorities yesterday. Now, today, one or two people have stood

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up including the Police and Crime Commissioners who is fighting, he

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would have to say, perhaps even a surprising rearguard action

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because, having been elected, I don't know what the turnout was in

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Rotherham, South Yorkshire, for the Police and Crime Commissioners, but

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removing a Police and Crime Commissioners seems to be pretty

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easy to get one in on a low turnout but it might be difficult to get one

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out. He feels there is a collective responsibility. He was the leader,

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the head of children's services during some of the time these

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offences took place. Over the last 16 years. He would rather lead dumb

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`` rather leave the Labour Party. His defence has been extraordinary,

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saying these are systemic failures, failure of the system, as if the

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people in the system don't have agency. The investigators, the

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police, the bosses who didn't want to hear the truth, we no reports

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from 12 years ago said there were reports of abuse. And in 2003, 2006,

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and everyone hoped the problem would go away. It is not plausible that

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these people shouldn't be held to account. The police are getting off

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lightly. People on the front of the pages are council officials of

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various kinds and yet the police were often called to episodes where

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we had teenage girls found in bed with Asian men distressed, naked,

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underaged and no action was taken by police. They were deeply complicit

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and should also be named and blamed. Shaun Wright claims it came as a

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huge surprise. That is wilful blindness. If you have no idea, if

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this isn't a single isolated case, 1400 children, it isn't possible

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that he heard nothing about it during those years as director.

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Where does his confidence come from that he still carries the confidence

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of the people of South Yorkshire in him staying in his post?

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Presumably, he thinks he has fought hard to be in the post and that he

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has the legitimacy, when Police and Crime Commissioner, the arguments

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won't, for Police and Crime Commissioner, who thought it was a

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good idea, but the arguments won't ever properly propounded either

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government and the end product was the hopeless levels of turnout that

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climaxed in the West Midlands. No one, when they planned the Police

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and Crime Commissioner, thought of a situation where you would get rid of

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someone fast. There isn't a mechanism to get rid of him. There

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won't be another election for four years. I would like to ask him

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personally, but does he feel that because you can't kick him out, he

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doesn't have to leave. Or is he believing he is such a brilliant

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Police and Crime Commissioner that he should stay? We are less than 36

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hours on from this and my instinct is that the political pressure will

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be too much. The Labour Party, the Home Secretary, it will be

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interesting to see. One distressing thing is that some people who have

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worked in institutions for ever get a sense of complacent

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invulnerability. They think the system works or doesn't work but

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none of us need to take responsibility. It's not my fault.

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Everyone else knew and no one did anything. That doesn't work in the

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contemporary world. Care chief played down sex claim concerns in

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the Times. Joyce Thacker, features on the front of the Daily Mail. She

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told a meeting that agencies needed to retain a sense of proportionality

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about sex abuse because they only accounted for 2.3% of the council

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safeguarding work Rotherham. `` safeguarding work in Rotherham.

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Investigations by the chief reporter at the Times which led to the

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enquiry that came out yesterday. Andrew Norfolk published so many

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details about the appalling nature of what was going on that in the end

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people had to take notice. When you have... That report yesterday was as

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startling as any I can remember in modern times. When you have

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something like that, people trawl back to see what deed, who said what

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over the past six months. This is two years after commissioning the

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report and long after she would have read the reports in the Times which

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have been vindicated by the official reports. There is no justification

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for downplaying the seriousness of this you would also have to remind

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Mr Vacco that 2.3% of the council safeguarding work as she puts it

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amounts to 1400 cases of abuse. Some safeguarding. The Mirror. 250

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jihadis back in Britain. These are Britons who have gone, not to

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sightsee. You would love to think the government had a clear policy at

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home and abroad as to how to tackle the murderous thugs of Islamic

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extremism. The Metropolitan Commissioner at home throws in his

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two pennyworth, it is a real worry. They are in a network of terrorists

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with 250 Britons who fought in Syria and D`mark are already home and more

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will want to come home. `` Iraqi. My namesake, the former Home Secretary,

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David Davis, his call has been backed by Mr Hogan Howe, stripping

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citizenship from Briton is to go to war to fight alongside Islamic

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extremists. I suspect we will enter a period of great debate about

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people's civil rights and when people come through airports and

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when do you take away passports? All of those issues. I suspect, if you

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have a crystal ball, we will hear a lot more about it in the future. It

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is difficult. We are a member of the international community. You can't

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take a passport away. Some say that if you do, they go into a black hole

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and perhaps they could become even more, what's the word West they can

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go into areas of life where they can be even more of a problem for

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society. You can't make people stateless. We are civilised society

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and we need evidence. Collect intelligence on people, but it is

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playing to the gallery, the Mandi district people's passports. I would

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like people followed. `` the manned. `` Dem and. How do you track

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these people? I don't want to trivialise this. I remember these

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arguments in 2000 when we had a problem with English football

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supporters are broad and we were told you can't take passports away

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from people in a civilised society. Some of us absolutely supported

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that. Equally, we knew who were the group of people, a significant sized

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group, who were consistently going abroad, causing problems for our

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country and surprise surprise, legislation was produced to enable

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passports to be taken away for periods of time. That is different

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from making someone stateless. You can remove someone's passport and

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prevent them from travelling but David Davis's proposal was saying,

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he no longer have citizenship. The Daily Telegraph. You have been

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working on this story for the Times, Jenny. Declare the social mix

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of your staff. This is a report by the social mobility commission that

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says that class should be as important in any recruitment

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decision as race or gender because return is in a strangle hold of the

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traditional elite `` Britain. The figures are shocking. Three quarters

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of High Court judges and half of all senior diplomats and permanent

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secretaries, something like two thirds of the Cabinet and one third

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of BBC executives have either been to reach or private schools and the

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dominance of this tiny group of people who are educated in only 7%

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of the population educated privately means that those with talent and

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mobility don't reach the top `` Oxbridge. It isn't good for the

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country because we aren't using talent properly. You are in an

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interview and what, does someone say, or school do you go to? Do they

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listen to your accent, how posh you sound? I think this is the failure

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of the generation and of the education system under successive

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governments. I want to be clear what my old friend, former Labour Cabinet

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minister who became the coalition social mobility Sara, I am glad to

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see he is alive, Alan Milburn, what does he mean when employers should

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make a contextual evaluation of academic achievements to give

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greater weight. Does that mean to give those with good grades at poor

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performing schools? If you went to a private school and got an a grade,

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but the person at a state school gets to be great, they should get

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the position ? That is because students in the system have been

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cramped. There is so much self`motivation from children from

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state schools. It is the case that if you go to Winchester, Eaton,

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Radley, and get fantastic teaching, that isn't the same as going to a

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tough competence is where the teaching is terrible. Look at the

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character, diligence, ability, and nurture that. I am on your side. I

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am worried as to who is playing God in this. Who is deciding that, by

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the weight... `` by the way. They are asking you to think about the

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fact that people come from different backgrounds. There is a untapped

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potential. It isn't coming through. They say to businesses to work out

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fast track schemes for people who have been to university so you don't

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just pick people who have gone through the system. When you are an

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infant in a working`class household you get spoken to less than in a

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middle`class households and hear far less encouraging words. From that

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time you are disadvantaged onwards. At the moment, the system doesn't do

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anything but widen the divide. We have been trying to do this for 20

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years. That is why it is said we need a national campaign on this. We

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have been trying to do this for so long. We have to do something

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different. What if I went to a not very good private school? You are

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not in the same class as an eight Tony on. `` Etonian. I will come and

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have breakfast with you any day. It has been brilliant having you. Stay

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with us on BBC News. More on Shaun Wright's resignation from the Labour

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Party in the wake of the abuse enquiry. The worlds of sport.

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