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That is in from Sir Terry Wogan, who will be very sad not to join the

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presenting team for children in need tomorrow night on BBC One. We will

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miss you, Terry. Let's look at some of the papers.

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Kate McCann, senior political correspondent at the Telegraph joins

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me. In joining your new job? And Rob Merrick, political journalist, joins

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as well. -- enjoying. The Financial Times says George Osborne is

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considering a plan to sell off the government's stake in housing

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associations in what he says would be one of the largest ever

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privatisations of its kind. Corbyn steals a march on Labour plotters is

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the headline in the Independent, suggesting the Labour leader is

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looking to change party rules in a bid to head off plots to oust him.

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Details from the court case involving a Buxton man accused of

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imprisoning and beating his daughter over 30 years. The Telegraph that

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out further details of possible industrial action by junior doctors

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who are currently being balloted over changes to new contracts. Same

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story in the Guardian, the paper says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is

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gearing up for battle. Suggestion from a Tory minister that those

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affected by tax credit cuts should go without make ends meet. The Times

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leads with the migrant crisis, the paper says Europe's system of open

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borders is under serious threat. A warning storm Abigail could wreak

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havoc across the country in the Daily Express. So, the news on Sir

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Terry Wogan coming too late for the papers. Certainly not too late for

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them to feature the NHS. After missing targets and waiting times

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and beds being occupied by people who don't need to be there, we have

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another problem for Jeremy Hunt, junior doctors threatening to go on

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strike. It's been a problem for a number of years now, it is about to

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come to a head because junior doctors are going to be balloted on

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whether they want to walk out or not. It's the first time we've seen

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what that could look like. In the Guardian, it says there could be a

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24-hour emergency care only package on the 1st of December and on the

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eighth and 16th of December there could be a partial walk-out, it

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would have massive implications for anybody who had a scheduled

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operation because junior doctors, staff, based at a loss of our

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hospitals. Across the country. The real crux of it is that junior

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doctors don't feel Jeremy Hunt's proposals around pay and working

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hours are fair, they want to compromise. Jeremy Hunt says they

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don't want to sit down and talk about it. It's been going on for

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years. It's looking like there might be a strike, like it'll be difficult

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to find agreement at this late stage. The Health Secretary condemns

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it has extreme action, he's got a battle on his hands, do you think he

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sits there, thinking this might happen. Is he advised, warned? I

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don't think you'll be expecting a strike. It's an extraordinary idea,

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doctors going on strike, it's never happened before. It doesn't seem any

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doubt that the ballot will be fought. It'll be an interesting

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public relations battle, doctors are the most respected profession, more

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respected than the profession we are all in. They are the backbone of the

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NHS, everybody thinks they are overworked, they keep the NHS

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ticking over. Senior doctors might be accused of being on the golf

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course, dealing in private practice. If they are going on

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strike to protect overtime payments, then, if things start going wrong in

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the health service when they are out, there could be... Bite it'll be

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interesting, it'll dig in. And it's winter, this would hit NHS hospitals

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hardest, you are starting to see people coming down with flu, a lot

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of older people in A units who need to be removed on and can't be

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moved on. If the strike goes ahead, looks like it will, it will cause

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really big problems. Daily Telegraph. Features a photograph of

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Mr Modi, the Indian We were shocked because we struggled

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to find coverage of the papers front pages. Daily

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Telegraph, quite a meaningful headline, depending on

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what side of the fence you sit. All is forgiven, quite a loaded

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headline. In a way, it's been a strange visit so far, there hasn't

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been much in the been much in the papers, hasn't been

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a cradle in the press and not much fanfare at all, I wouldn't say.

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There was a protest in Westminster, the roads closed off, but quite

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small. It ended after a couple of hours, quite peacefully. Modi has

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done a couple of speeches talking about the relationship between the

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UK and India but I've struggled to find any substance in anything

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either of the leaders are saying. He did allude earlier this evening to

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differences, what those differences are, it might be over his

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leadership, some of the human rights issues raised by organisations like

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Amnesty International. The Daily Telegraph points out that Britain

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rolls up the red carpet for a man who was once shunned over his

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response to rioting that left 1000 Muslims dead during those riots in

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Gujarat. We're talking about a man, not a country. Slightly different to

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the Chinese visit of Xi Jinping. I gather he was banned from Britain

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because of what happened in the province he was in charge. He was

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accused of allowing riots to take place. We've had controversial

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visits, not just the Chinese, the leader of Kazakhstan last week. That

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is perhaps why there is less coverage. He was asked about his

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record in India but it lacked the drama of when the Chinese leader was

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confronted. Whatever this guy is responsible for, he is leader of a

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democracy, used to fighting elections aren't having to and fro.

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With China it was more dramatic. We'll set aside any human rights

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differences because it's all about trade. They often say that by

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dealing with leaders all countries where there are issues you are

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opening up the doors for those conversations to be had. If you shut

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the doors you can't influence change, that is always the argument.

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I always wonder as a journalist, does the change happen, Douvalidis

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ship issues change, are they influenced by the doors being open?

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He was talking about the importance of making his country work better

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for people to invest in it. The Indians are aware of the need to be

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democratic and transparent. He was talking about upholding

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international standards of business and things like that. I think they

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are aware of that and there could be great opportunities for the UK to

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invest in India and vice versa, there's a lot of change. He alluded

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it had taken him a while to visit the UK. There was a nod to that.

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Yeah. Most people think it's a smoke screen, the idea that by talking to

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countries we'll improve human rights when what we want to do is buy and

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sell from them. Which is trade is down 10%, we're desperate to reverse

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it. When it comes to EU membership sometimes it's part of the deal, you

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can't become a member until you have addressed the welfare system and

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other issues. As we saw with Romania. Trade is a powerful

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negotiating tool, trade sanctions can make a difference. Amnesty

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International said they are not knocking business deals, they don't

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want it to stop, it helps everybody. But they would like more

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transparency. Front page of the independent, Corbyn steals a march

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on Labour plotters, you might know more than the Independent. According

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to the paper he is planning to change election rules to stop

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anybody ousting him. Another one of those stories, the latest in Corbyn

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against his own party. I heard today... Some element of it. I heard

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he is angry because the press are referring to some of his MPs as

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moderate and they feel it paints him as extremist and they are not fans.

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It's used here in the first or second paragraph. It's a story about

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Jeremy Corbyn trying... It sounds like changing the rules to make sure

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he'd automatically be on the ballot if there was a leadership election

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triggered, which isn't the case at the moment. You need 50 MPs under

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the new rules to be able to get on the ballot. He struggled to get the

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support of the MPs on the original ballot and lots of people only

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supported him because they wanted to broaden the field, thinking he

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wouldn't win the election and he did. Whether it would happen a

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second time and he'd be able to reach that magic number of 50 MPs

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would be questionable. Sounds like an opportunity for him to make sure

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he's on the ballot, whether he could get the votes again another

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question. Reaction to this? It doesn't mean there is any immediate

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challenge to Corbyn. I don't know what Kate thinks, but Labour MPs I

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talk with, none of them think Corbyn is going anywhere soon, they think

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he's there for the foreseeable future because he has a powerful

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mandate from the party members. Stories suggest he has taken

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precautions in case. If he was unable to change the rules and would

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require the device images, 50 including any of these to be candid

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again. -- he would require 30 signatures. If he can guarantee him

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is on a ballot paper, presumably, if there was a rerun, he'd win again.

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presumably if he's on the ballot paper, he'll win again. Which

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suggest it probably won't happen in the near future.

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Let us have a look at the Telegraph. Mortgages until you are 80. People

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are living longer, so this makes a lot of sense. I think at the moment,

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you have to be paid off by the time you are 70 or 75, but people are

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living longer and 75 is not unachievable. Also, the age at which

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most people buy their first home is going up. I think the average age is

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31. Some building societies and banks are thinking of increasing the

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age limit in terms of payment money back. Also, they are thinking of

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taking away the age limit completely. Could it mean smaller

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mortgage repayments? It could also mean parents and grandparents

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helping the younger generation to get on the property ladder. A lot of

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pensioners are better off and have greater assets and this might allow

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these sorts of mortgages to be given. Thank you for joining me. We

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will do it again at 11:30pm. Do stay with us because at 11pm we will be

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bringing you more on the NHS missing their targets before the winter even

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sets in. First, it

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