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


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


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


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


something other than politics and latter is your headlines saying


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


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


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


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


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


became more serious with a growing number of flood warnings across


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


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


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


evacuated and people left without power and of course the storm


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


there are lots of rumours and plots within Westminster against Jeremy


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


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


Campaigning to get these MPs deselected. Jeremy Corbyn feels that


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


reshuffle the Shadow Cabinet Minister stop you reporting it you


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


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


Shadow Cabinet when she helped steady the ship and appoint the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


reports she had walked into the opposite division lobby which would


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


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


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


Oldham result has possibly toughened his resolve to actually deal with


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


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


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


The front page of the Observer goes on about


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


coalition forces may become drawn into the strikes against the jihad


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


missions the French have done in Libya and raises questions about


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


to logistics. They all have constituencies that would be


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


They have been put into a fairly difficult position because David


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


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


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


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


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


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


the stories. No time for reporters.


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