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


With me are James Lyons, the Deputy Political Editor


for the Daily Mirror and Oliver Brown, who's Chief Sports Feature


The Metro focuses on our main story tonight, missing five`year`old boy


The paper says that his parents are being kept from


The FT leads with how Russian president is calling


for talks on the question "statehood" southeast Ukraine.


Vladimir Putin says it must be a key part of the negotiations to


The Telegraph also concentrates on the situation


It says that Nato allies are being told to increase


their defence budgets due to the growing threat from Russia.


The Guardian goes with with news that David Cameron


will make it easier for intelligence agencies to access information as


part of an effort to stem the flow of British`born jihadis travelling


The Express splashes on the claim that EU red tape is


costing retired Brits thousands of pounds in pension payouts.


The Daily Mail says that figures show customers are


being charged at least three times the price their


Let's begin. Thank you for joining us. We will start with the Metro


newspaper, we have been talking about it all evening, the fact that


Ashya King has been found and his parents are being questioned by the


police. Their headline is very stark, parents kept from seeing


Cancer son, aged five. Oliver, this pulls people in different


directions. A desperately sad situation, it is hard not to be on


the side of the parents because the instinct fundamentally is to seek


out the best possible treatment, wherever that may be. The problem is


that both the authorities and the parents claim that the interests of


Asher are at heart `` Ashya are at Hardwick is difficult to reconcile


when even his closest relatives are being denied access to him. Surely


it would be better to have his parents by his bedside rather than


being interrogated and awaiting extradition proceedings. We have


heard from members of the family, we had an interview with the


grandmother, and the family using social media to get their side out.


The sons have been speaking out about the parents ahead of the


extradition hearing tomorrow morning. They're all sorts of


questions about what happens if are sent back to England to face the


music. Will they have to go back alone? It is a terribly sad story


and I have to admit it is completely the opposite of what I initially


thought. When the news broke I thought, oh well, you hear stories


about parents who want to stop treatment, or prevent their child


being treated for whatever reason, whether it is religious, or


whatever. I jumped to conclusions when this broke, thinking back was


much must be happening here but we find out it is the reverse, in fact


the parents have been tragically told that medics think there is


nothing more they can do for the lad and they have gone abroad, seeking a


cure. Various suggestions about their motives, looking for a cure in


Spain, whether they are going to sell their holiday home to finance


some kind of solution. The treatment is pretty exorbitant as it stands, I


think ?100,000. Proton beam therapy. Available in the Czech


Republic, it will not be available here for at least another six


years, so they have come to the conclusion that anything would be


worth trying. So many can relate to that. The police have consistently


maintained that they are trying to observe the legalities, whether


there has been criminality. I think the only thing that should be


observed in this case is some common`sense. You feel for the


police because clearly they are in a situation that is difficult. Medics


in Britain have said that this child was in real danger. They have


tracked him down and things may not be as they expected them, either.


Having said that we have heard from the grandmother, whose house has


been ransacked by the police, you know, asked to give statements. When


you read the family's account it seems a bit heavy`handed. Going to


the front page of the Daily Telegraph, " my parents are not


kidnappers" say Ashya's older brother, Danny King, who has also


been speaking out. It shows, the involvement of the police is


problematic because we immediately think that crime is involved. Some


people say that the police are the best people to look. They have


clearly done nothing illegal as well. Taking your child outside of


hospital against doctors wishes is not illegal. This may be more


complex. You wonder what grounds they will be extradited under. It is


such a fundamental impulse, it is a shattering story, a father who said


he would not rest until he found a cure for his son. This is another


case, a son suffering from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, saying


he would spend any money, and there are parallels to this situation. Do


you think there are parallels `` do you think the police shouldn't have


been involved? Or are the best police `` are they the best people


to investigate? If somebody disappears from the hospital, the


police are the best people to investigate, but you cannot see the


boy being benefited by his parents essentially being bracketed as


kidnappers. We will hear more tomorrow, they may appear in court


tomorrow in Madrid for the expedition proceedings. More to come


on that. A different story now, the Guardian front page, about the


terror threat we are expected to hear about tomorrow from David


Cameron, making it easier for the intelligence agencies to stop


potential British jihadists returning to the country. The


headline, terror threat, spy agencies to vet flight lists.


James, the suggestion that they can see passenger lists and get a look


at the names. We are expecting David Cameron to announce all sorts of


things in what a roundup of the EU summit over the weekend, he will


touch on the Ukraine, and spell out what the government are going to do


about the jihadi threat after the official security terror level was


raised last week. One thing he is going to announce as the Guardian is


reporting here, the fact that they will bring in a new law which will


compel airlines for the first time to share their passenger lists with


the security services. Unbelievably this is being done on able and very


basis until now and there have been issues with some of the carriers who


only produce the lists half an hour before the flights take off, no real


time to see who is on board. This will help to stop, give the


opportunity to stop people who may be travelling out to Iraq and Syria


to fight with ISIS. That will be a boon in that area. The airlines will


have two provide better information `` have to provide. It will give the


Security service is a bit more of a head start as they tried to head off


these people. `` security services. One story that is covered in the


Telegraph, the front page, ever since the coalition did away with


control orders, reform of home arrest that used to be imposed on


terror suspects there has been a long row about what will replace


them, such as the TPims, which critics have always said are not


strong enough. Recently the governments own adviser, the review


of terrorism the deflation has agreed `` terrorism legislation. He


said that one of the important things that control orders did that


TPims don't, they allowed you to relocate terrorists, you can make


them move to Norfolk for example where they will be less dangerous.


So that power has gone. The government watchdog would like it


back. There are concerns that there may be reprisals, and the Liberal


Democrats. They are not ready to sign up to anything that may be seen


as Draconian. When David Cameron comes to give his statement, he is


still negotiating. We will return to the Daily Telegraph, not their main


story, curbs on terrorist suspects rejected. Oliver, this is coming


down, as James said, to the legality. This is always the


stumbling block. The other issue has been about citizenship and whether


we can take people 's passports from them when they come back from


fighting in Iraq. Legally flawed, I imagine the lawyers will be having a


heavy weekend. A lot of lawyers are about to come very `` about to


become very rich indeed. At our expense. The suggestion of a


temporary bar on jihadi re`entry. Very little clarification on what


that means. Menzies Campbell has been quite this difference today in


arguing that it would render people stateless. It is understood clearly


that the measure that David Cameron will put forward will fall short of


rendering people stateless. How that is legally achievable seems a very


nebulous area. Some people having a late night tonight! The Financial


Times, a different story, talking about it through the evening, the


situation of escalating tension in Ukraine and the headline, Putin's


statehood comments raising fears. James, Vladimir Putin making what


some people would say are provocative comments. He has made


quite a few of those on Friday he said "don't mess with Russia, we


have a nuclear arsenal"! Compared to that, this seems more tame, but more


worrying if you are in the Ukraine. This seems to be yet another land


grab by Putin. We don't seem to know what to do to stop him. Talk of


sanctions in Brussels at the weekend. One expert said that there


is no way the EU can hurt Russia with sanctions because they have the


Oil and we are basically dancing to their tune. Some of the hawks in


Washington are taking up the Ukrainian call for NATO to supply


them with arms. If we do that, goodness knows where it may end. It


is difficult to see what you can do to counter this. It is a very grim


situation. It is not hard to see what the endgame of Putin is here,


talking about statehood, clearly it is politically charged. There are


rebels in eastern Ukraine now who say that they want to go through to


the West. Nobody is sure where it's going to end. The official spokesman


says that it would be absolutely wrong to interpret this as calling


for the independence of eastern Ukraine, but it would seem it is


about partition. The mixed messages, the spokesperson trying to


tone things down. Not long ago the Russians said that there were none


of their troops in the Ukraine. It seems to be on the one hand you have


the rise of ISIS, they would like to get to the borders of NATO if they


could, Turkey, and you have what's going on in Eastern Europe. It seems


to be an extraordinary and frightening time. On many fronts in


deed. On many fronts it does not make happy reading but we will be


back at half past 11 for another look at the stories making the news


tomorrow. In other news and the parents of Ashya's


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