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sack the chief whip. The Sunday Telegraph claim senior members of

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the Tory party are threatening to resign of plans for Heathrow get the

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go-ahead. Let us begin. Your political editor of the Sunday

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express and that is lovely to have you here but I want you to document

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something other than politics and latter is your headlines saying

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killer storms. We understand the storm has claimed its first victim,

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a 90-year-old who was blown into the side of a bus. This story was moving

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as he went through the day, not something that figure at massively

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on our news list in the morning but we sell a lot of papers in the North

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of England and as we move through the course of the day the situation

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became more serious with a growing number of flood warnings across

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large swathes of the North of England and Wales, and not just

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those AV is more prone to flooding. We have also heard that places like

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Cockermouth are expected to be under water from seven p.m.. Thousands

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evacuated and people left without power and of course the storm

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continues and we still have 85 mph winds across large parts of the

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company and the more rain to come, and moving southwards, so I think

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this story will move on and then the North of England, this is what our

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readers will be waking up to tomorrow. If they can get to the

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newsagent! Which is always a worry! I have had some amazing stories to

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night of people being rescued, and one of the things that struck me

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talking to people in the middle of it all, as journalists will be

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doing, it seems to catch people rather by surprise and also rather

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than -- rather worse than floods in those parts before? Storms can

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become the main story of the day from Norway. We have all had a week

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where we expected the Labour Party to be on the front page over the war

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and suddenly the storm and homes underwater. We will come onto more

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political matters but just sticking with your paper, the front-page

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picture, a great picture. We have had great pictures all day and my

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Twitter feed has been full of pictures from my friends in the

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North East sweating -- tweeting pictures of water and roads closed

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and people not able to get home. Your name is on the front page,

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Special Report on pages four and five. Quite a lot of elements, take

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us through this, there are three main stories. The first one is that

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there are lots of rumours and plots within Westminster against Jeremy

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Corbyn but the main story has been almost the opposite angle, of

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moderate MPs attacking Jeremy Corbyn for not calling off the attack gods.

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Campaigning to get these MPs deselected. Jeremy Corbyn feels that

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the abuse he is receiving is not being reported, and this sort of

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covers that. That first one, rumours that the leader passed out. Is this

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right? I missed this. It is astonishing but it is what MPs have

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been saying all week and I reported it to the leader's office yesterday,

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and they are furious. Categorically untrue, and they see it as a mere

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two undermine him, because they can't attack his politics and he won

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in Oldham they have to do this. They plan to sack the Chief Whip and

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reshuffle the Shadow Cabinet Minister stop you reporting it you

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think it is on the cards? They see Rosie Winston, the Chief Whip as not

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being one of the layers. She was very influential informing the

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Shadow Cabinet when she helped steady the ship and appoint the

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shadow cabinet, and she was very influential in the coming up with an

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agreement for a free vote on the Syrian air strikes, but that has led

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some of the Syrian air strikes, but that has led some of Jeremy

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Corbin's supporters to think that she is not supportive, and they need

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somebody on their side. Is it your impression that this is what we are

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going to see? That they have to be real loyalists? I think so. It is

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really interesting because if you remember after the vote, they were

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reports she had walked into the opposite division lobby which would

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be absolutely astonishing, so there are real issues around her, but the

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thing I find so surprising is that he has had a tough week, or a tough

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beginning of the week. But not a tough end! And the point is that the

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Oldham result has possibly toughened his resolve to actually deal with

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some of the resistance within the party. The interesting thing is if

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he is going to purchase party of the moderates, who will he put in their

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place and will he find enough allies to be able to fill those positions?

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The front page of the Observer goes on about

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confidence, this is interesting stuff. At the start of the week we

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would have been thinking about short pages of moderate MPs calling for

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Jeremy Corbin's resignation because they were expecting him to suffer a

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humiliating result, and actually there was a swing to Jeremy Corbyn,

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over 60% of the vote, which is an amazing achievement. The moderates

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are not sure what to do. The old phrase a week is a long time in

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politics and circulate through. I don't think he is out of the woods

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yet and lacking in the background is this bullying scandal. People like

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Stella Creasy being threatened and told she would be deselected. If you

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then purges moderates it'll open him up to the same kind of allegations

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of snazzy type behaviour, purging his shadow can in his critics. --

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Sasi. Stella Creasy has a public meeting tomorrow and I am told she

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will have a fairly strong police presence because of the kinds of

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threats she has received. I don't think either elements of the stories

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will go away and Jeremy Corbyn will try to strengthen his hand and the

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moderates will still have something to say over how he manages his own

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politics and team. Staying on the front page of the Observer, new

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bombing raids hit the city in all fields. Tell us what this is about.

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-- Syrian oilfields. They have been out talking to the pilots and

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navigators and the Observer has an interesting tack on this, as they

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are talking about the second wave of bombing raids but suggesting the

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coalition forces may become drawn into the strikes against the jihad

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ease in Libya. It is said this comes on the back of a reconnaissance

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missions the French have done in Libya and raises questions about

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where is this going to end? If we are now going to talk about Libya

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becoming a target as well, whether or not the UN resolution will even

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cover our involvement. The message that has been coming out clearly

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from Michael Fallon today, is that this is going to be a long and

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protracted conflict, and he's really trying to manage expectations that

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they will not go on and come out and it will be over by Christmas. We are

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in for the long haul. The phrase, not going to be a short or simple

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operation. Statement of the obvious but it could go anywhere? It reminds

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me of the polar opposite of the statement in Afghanistan when John

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Reid said there might not be a shot fired in Afghanistan and we were

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still only nine years later. Mission creep in this conflict seems

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inevitable. If we're talking about Libya, a front on Friday said Isis

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were now in Afghanistan. Let's go to the Sunday Telegraph. The main

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story, I think it is your turn. Tories at war over Heathrow

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expansion. The recommendation of a third runway at Heathrow but they

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arguing goes on and it looks like it's getting worse? I am not sure we

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will have this front-page story for the next four years or maybe for my

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lifetime! It is CNN off a lot of senior Tories hate the idea of

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Heathrow so Cameron will have the balls of his own? A lot of Tories

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equally on the other side want the prime minister just to get on with

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it and give this the green light. It was the clear recommendation,

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supposed to be recommended last week and now delayed a couple of weeks.

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The words we are hearing back in Westminster as there will be some

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form of fight Shand Cameron will put up some legal battles and this will

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drag on and on. The long grass, another political phrase. If that

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your impression? I think so. The interesting thing is this comes down

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to logistics. They all have constituencies that would be

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affected sort becomes a story about whether or not they will resign.

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They have been put into a fairly difficult position because David

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Cameron said there would be no expansion, but now they have reined

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back from that and it creates a bit of a problem. There's an easy way

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out of this and we know there will be a judicial review on this and

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there are concerns about pollution and all sorts of get out of jail

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free card is that the Prime Minister could use, but the general consensus

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thank you very much indeed. We will be back later with another look at

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the stories. No time for reporters.

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