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


With me are Sian Griffiths, Education Editor from the Sunday


Times and James Millar, Political correspondent from the Sunday Post.


The Mail on Sunday leads with Grant Schapps resignation and the scandal


The Telegraph reports that David Cameron is to risk a Commons


Grant Schapps and his wife are on the front of the Sunday Express but


says that up to 100 prisoners serving life sentences could be let


out of jail for Christmas. The Observer says that David Cameron


could risk a Commons vote despite a split in the Labour Party. The Times


also goes with the story and claims if David Cameron wins the vote, he


will order RAF air strikes to target the masterminds of the Paris


massacre. There's more on that story


in the The Independent On Sunday. It has a warning to Jeremy Corbyn


from And finally The Sunday Post has


a poll which says that the public cautiously back bombing


raids against IS, but that 74% of people fear a terrorist attack


on the UK within the year. We're going to start with the


likelihood of a Commons vote this week about air strikes over Syria.


At least that's what the papers are speculating about. And let's look to


the observer first of all with the headline:


Cameron to risk Commons vote over Syria strikes as split deepens.


Sian? It's an interesting story and it does look at though David Cameron


is preparing this week for a parliamentary vote, probably on


Wednesday on British military action against Islamic State in Syria. And


as the headline in the strap says, this comes as Labour is deeply


divided over the way its MPs are going to vote, with Labour leader


Jeremy Corbyn facing a shadow Cabinet revolt on the issue. I think


Cameron must be pretty confident, actually, that enough Labour MPs


will vote with him for him to call this vote. I think he thinks he's


going to have a fairly comfortable win. And in one of the papers, I


think it's the Sunday Times, it looks as though 80 Labour MPs are


expected to vote with Cameron and to back the bombing. And James, it's


not just getting a majority, it's getting a comfortable majority. A


healthy majority, because obviously last time he tried to get the


Commons to back action in Syria, entirely different action, it's


worth pointing out, he lost in 2013. So he doesn't want to just creep


over the line. I was talking to Malcolm Rifkin who said it would


have to be a healthy majority. As a former minister, he knows a thing or


two about this. And it looks like he'll get a healthy majority and


that's why the story is about Labour, and it looks like there will


be a vote and the Government will win. But where that will leave


Labour is a different kettle of fish. You sound confident that he'll


get the numbers. Where are they all phoning around, it's reported, to


try to get Labour in to target certain MPs? It's a fair point. He's


trying to make a compelling case, but that's to do with the healthy


majority, rather than the majority. It's also because there was a time


when you would have the usual channels and whips would talk to


each other and everybody would know what's going on. Nobody knows what's


going on inside the Labour Party, including the Labour Party


leadership. So it's difficult for the Government to engage what's


going on so the only thing they're doing is phoning up MPs and saying,


what are you doing. And that leads us to the independent on Sunday with


Watson telling Corbyn - you must back down. So it is the deputy


telling the leader what to do. James, carry on. This is quite a


good take on the story, I think. The new political editor at the


Independent on Sunday, so well done him for getting Watson's take on


this, Tom Watson's take on this. It doesn't exactly leave us much


clearer about what exactly is going to happen. You would think that the


deputy telling the leader to do this might have some sort of influence,


but again, nobody really knows how the Labour Party is working. I spoke


to a Shadow Cabinet member about this and he said, "I have no idea


what's going to happen." And that wasn't just saying it to the papers


because he doesn't didn't want to give away what was going to happen,


he genuinely has no idea what's going to happen at the Cabinet


meeting on Monday. Jeremy Corbyn supporters would say that he's a man


of principle and sticking to his principles on this. Yes, I think


that that is how his young activist supporters will see it. But it does


seem... I mean, a number of the papers are suggesting that he will


actually allow Labour MPs to have a free vote, because really he has no


alternative. You know, the Shadow Cabinet has made it absolutely clear


that a number of them are prepared to defy him, so I think there will


be a free vote on Wednesday and the Government will get its majority. Do


you think that that is damaging to people's perceptions of the Labour


Party? To have the leader saying one thing, and then all his immediate


management team, for want of a better description, actually


announce that they're going to vote completely the other way? Of course,


it's hugely damaging and it could possibly be a make or break issue


for Jeremy Corbyn. I don't know. That's why we don't know if there


will be a free vote. Every logic points to a free vote. But if you


have a free vote, two things happen. One is that the Labour Party look


mad and incapable of forming a Government and not a Government in


waiting. And the other is that Jeremy Corbyn doesn't get what he


wants, which is to stop the bombing. His entire career is based on being


a pacifist and opposing action in the Middle East. So he's trying to


figure out how to get that, and not necessarily listening to the votes


saying - you can't, you're the leading of the Labour Party now.


Zblts going to be an interesting week and speculation that the vote


will be called for Wednesday. But we don't have that confirmed and don't


know that. Of course, what do people outside the Westminster bubble


think? That could be revealed in part at least in Scotland in the


Sunday Post, James? Yes, this is very much people outside of the


Westminster bubble. You know, outside of the "normal people", as


they should be. And yes, most of them fear a terror attack in Britain


after the Paris attacks. That is the big headline finding from this


research that the terrorists who want to sew terror have sewn terror,


but what happens next is not clear. There is cautious there. People


don't want to send soldiers in to the Middle East. That's the legacy


of what happened in Iraq and what went wrong in Iraq. Do you think


that that is reflected on the wader population outside of Scotland as


well? I think it is. I get the feeling from people, when I talk to


people, there's a real reluctance and a worry about putting troops on


the ground in Syria, and I think that it does go back to Iraq and


what happens in Iraq and just general fears. But I think that it


is interesting in this poll that 74% of the readers feared a terror


attack on the UK within a year. So you know, on the one hand, I think


people are incredibly aware of the threat posed by ISIS to Britons in


this country. But nevertheless, still very worried about the repurr


cushions if we take -- repercussions if we send troops in. Another big


story dominating the headlines, dominating the bulletins today is


the resignation of Grant Schapps from his ministerial post. And this


all about his resignation as Overseas Aid Minister in the


aftermath of all of the allegations of how the Conservative Party is


being run and how it treats activists and all of those


allegations, which are coming home. And James, resignation, or resigned,


exposed, doomed is the headline. Yes. The Tory Party certainly has


questions to answer now. The Mail on Sunday have been hammering away at


this for weeks and nobody has paid a huge amount of attention until the


last week or so, it's begun to build critical mass and now we have a


resignation. Grant Schapps, who was party chairman at the time of a lot


of allegations around bullying, blackmail and all sorts of very


unpleasant dealings that may or may not have been going on, has now


resigned. So the story is very much moving on. How far it's going to go,


we will have to wait and see. I suspect it's not the ends of it, but


the next person in the firing line is Lord Felledman, who was also


co-chairman -- Lord Feldman, and the father of Elliot Johnson, the Tory


activist who died, is still very much calling for Lord Feldman to


follow Grant Schapps out the door. Lord Feldman given the backing of


senior Conservatives at the moment. But as James is saying, the Mail and


the Mail on Sunday have been pushing the story in the last few weeks? It


is, and it's a dramatic front page there. But the story moved on after


an interview that the parents of Elliot Johnson gave to the Guardian


yesterday, which was a moving interview, and you know, on the one


hand, their 21-year-old son has committed suicide amid these


allegations that he was bullied, allegedly, by a senior Conservative


aide, who denies the allegations. And on the other hand, they've


somehow found the strength to stand up and say - yes, we've lost our


son, you know. But something has gone horribly wrong within the


culture of the Conservative youth wing, and it needs to be put right.


And somewhere, from somewhere, they've found the strength to stand


up and take on the establishment, really, and say - please sort this


out before anybody else suffers in the way our son has suffered. And I


think that's very brave. Indeed. On to the Sunday Telegraph. Of course,


it is the first of three strikes by junior doctors due to begin on


Tuesday. They've adjourned ACAS talks until Monday, so not much time


left to sort this out. And the headline there suggests, "Army is


poised to cover for striking NHS doctors." What do you make of that?


It is extraordinary, the idea that we're going to have army doctors in


hospitals. But on the other hand, this is only the first of three


strikes that the junior doctors are planning to call. And I think in


some ways that it is reassuring that there will be army doctors there, as


opposed to nobody at all. But I think, and I'm hoping, hopefully the


ACAS talks will be fruitful and the other two strikes will not happen.


But I would love to know what the public think about junior doctors


striking for the first time for 40 years, because will they feel it's


wrong for doctors to strike? Even in places like Great Ormond Street


Hospital, where children are being treated, or will they feel that


junior doctors have a really, really difficult time. The job is almost


undo-able. If you make their hours even longer, you extend it in to


Saturday working, can the NHS... What will the future of the NHS look


like? OK, but the Government and across the NHS is such a sensitive


topic, and the Government is saying that this actually to make their


life better, and also to extend the case to get a more uniform service


across seven days? Well the Government, or the Conservative


Party promised the NHS. Having won the election, they now have to


implement it. That is more difficult than promising it, which is more


difficult than they're finding, of course. So yes, there is very much


two sides to it. You would hope that they can get around the table at


ACAS and find some sort of agreement, but it has become a very,


very bitter dispute. So I wouldn't necessarily hold out any hope that


there will be an agreement any time soon. And I bet that is one of the


topics that people outside the Westminster bubble are very


sensitive of. Here's a story, great fun. Sunday Times. Riddle of Sally


from Bolton. And this is all about a question worth ?100 million, which


is a painting that somebody says is by Leonardo, but a forger says he


did it in 2007 and based it on somebody who worked in the Co-op.


It's such an amazing story. It is the only light story on the front


paging of tomorrow's papers. And as you say, it is the chalk drawing of


a 15th century Italian woman, possibly. So is it a Da Vinci, or


was it drawn in the 1970s by Britain's most prolific forger, who


used to operate out of his parent's council house, and was it inspired


by a Co-Op supermarket worker called Sally. And the forger was jailed in


2007 for forgery. And he claims that he drew this woman, the work is


called La Bella Principisa, if I have the pronunciation correct. And


I love the headline, Riddle of Sally from Bolton. Should you believe a


forger, given that the career is based out of it. 15th century or


1970. She looks 19 # 0s to me. You think it is a forgery? She looks


quite 1970s. You are very kind to try to pronounce it in Italian, I


think it was. What should it be, if it is 1970s? OK. Thank you very


much. Coming up next,


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