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Simon Danczuk accuses the party leadership

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Caroline Wheeler, political editor of the Sunday

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Express, and Tom McTague, political editor of the Independent on Sunday.

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The Sunday Express leads with Storm Desmond and reports it has claimed

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its first victim in London, a 90-year-old pensioner who reportedly

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died after the gale force winds blew him into the side of a moving bus.

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The Observer says the shadow cabinet is bracing itself for what MPs are

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calling a "revenge reshuffle", following Labour's victory in the

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The Independent on Sunday also carries the claims,

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adding plans are afoot to sack the chief whip.

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The Sunday Telegraph reports senior members of

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the Conservatives are threatening to resign IF plans to build a third

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The Mail on Sunday carries allegations that NHS chiefs tried to

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destroy evidence, which reportedly proves that hospital staff failed to

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spot and treat an infection that resulted in the

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Let's begin. The Sunday express. Killer storm. It has unfortunately

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taken on life. This has been developing story over the days. It

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didn't even feature on our news list this morning. And yet by this

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afternoon we see that one pensioner, who was sadly blown into the course

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of a bus, has been killed. There are thousands of people without power.

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85 mph winds battering Britain. You can see, in that dramatic picture,

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several areas of the north-west are underwater. Pictures of Appleby. We

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know places like Cockermouth and Carlisle were expecting flood levels

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to rise. We haven't seen this kind of devastation for a while. It is

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reminiscent of what happened before Christmas, in 2013, when the West

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Country was badly hit. It will be interesting to see how this develops

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over the coming hours. Mentioning earlier storms, memories of that go

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back to a specially to bowser nine, when it was really serious. -- 2009.

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This could be worse? Yes, this can rush to the top of the news list

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within hours. We won't talking about this yesterday, and now, rightfully,

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it is at the top of the news list. Indeed. Your newspaper, the

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independent on Sunday, has a great picture. I wouldn't want to be there

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at the time. Where is that? That's in South Wales. But this has

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affected everywhere. I think it is mostly in the north, the north-west

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and north-east, but it has hit South Wales, the south-west, London. And

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it is coming this way. One of the problems is that the ground has

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already been quite saturated, which has meant the floodwaters have risen

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very quickly. So obviously it's a wait and see situation. But 44 of

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the highest flood risk alerts being given and more than 200 in total. So

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it gives the scale of the widespread potential for devastation here.

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Indeed. People are always interested in these weather stories. Moving on.

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Your name appears on the front page of your newspaper, which is nice,

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because you've got a special report a couple of pages inside. But the

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front page says it well. Hitting back at Jeremy Corbyn smears. What

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is this about? This is Jeremy Corbyn on the front foot for the first time

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in a few weeks, following the by-election in Oldham, which was a

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surprise win for the Labour leader. It has allowed him to start to fight

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back against Labour moderates, who have been really giving him a hard

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time, ever since he was elected, really. We've been hearing in

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Westminster at out rumours about his health. Rumours that leader passed

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out dismissed as categorically untrue. Who is spreading that kind

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of rumour? According to the Labour leader, this is just be the MPs who

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don't want to see him succeed and he says it is absolutely untrue and if

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you're going to fight him, fight him on the issues that he won the

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leadership for. But, as you say, fighting back, possible plans to

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sack the chief whip and reshuffle the cabinet. You set the chief whip

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is one of his allies and got things sorted out for him in the early

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stages. Why now turned his sacking? Jeremy Corbyn's allies see the chief

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whip, Rosie Winterton, as a figure to stabilise things at the start of

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Jeremy Corbyn's leadership. Now she is seen as somebody who is an old

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guard, someone who is out to represent other moderate MPs and not

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the leader. This is going to rattle along. It looks as though they would

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like to see, I say they, the top of the leadership, especially Mr Corbyn

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and his deputy or the Shadow Chancellor, would like to see some

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of these moderates pushed out. What if they push them out, are there

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others around of sufficient calibre to take their place? That's the

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question. At the time, some of us were surprised as there were many

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rumours about the types of people who could have formed part of his

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shadow cabinet and actually he didn't make extensive changes and

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still included some of those, what would be regarded as the old guard.

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Now if he is going to push some of those out of the cabinet you have to

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wonder who will be brought in. And does he have enough allies? With all

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written stories to suggest there are only 16, 17, 18 members of the

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Labour Party who are Jeremy Corbyn supporters and that's not enough to

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fill a shadow cabinet. The Observer talks about a revenge reshuffle. I

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don't wear that comes from. And the Shadow Chancellor says back the new

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politics or get out of the way. -- where that comes from. This will be

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a heck of a story for quite a time to come. Definitely. He's got a bit

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of a problem because there are two stories that will rumble. The

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moderates will continue to brief against him and we have seen more

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revelations about this bullying that's been going on with Simon

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Danczuk coming out and saying he has been targeted on Twitter and

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threatened with death threats. And there will be a public meeting

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tomorrow, where they will have to face critics. You've got that story

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from that side of the party. The other side is that after the Oldham

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by-election, which was a staggering victory in some senses for Jeremy

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Corbyn, because UKIP have very much suggested they could cut the

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majority in half, or even win it, which was unbelievable. You've now

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got a Jeremy Corbyn who is thinking that he could start to stamp his

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authority on the party. But it will be interesting to see how he does

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that. If he then tries to purge the moderates, he will face the same

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accusations, that he is trying to purge his critics from the party. It

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will be interesting. Moving on. Still on the front page of the

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Observer. Fresh bombing raids hit Syrian oilfields. Tell us what this

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says. This is an interesting take from the Observer, who report on the

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second RAF sortie over Syria in I think three or four days, since the

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vote. They also mentioned that the RAF could be dragged into Libya,

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where ISIS fighters are now said to be in control of large parts of the

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country. That raises the prospect that they could even be dragged into

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Afghanistan, where we saw this week that they are now trying to take

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over... That was in the Times, yesterday, I think it was. We have

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the Defence Secretary over there in Cyprus talking to the RAF crews and

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so on, saying it won't be short or simple, what they're doing. That's

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one of the understatement of the week. Yes and part of this is about

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managing expectations and making it very clear to the general public

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that this isn't going to be a short war, this will be long. It will be

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messy. There is a suggestion that we could be dragged into Libya. They

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say there have already been reconnaissance missions by the

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French, looking into this issue. But I think Michael Fallon, he is just

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the signalling and warning that we shouldn't expect results

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immediately. But one of the other things we understand, we've got one

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of our report is out there at the moment, our defence editor. In

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Cyprus. Yes. They say that even though they have been targeting

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oilfields, there's now a sense that they will target some the leaders of

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Daesh and Islamic State. -- or Islamic State. So, this could be

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another step in a campaign. The front page of the Sunday Telegraph.

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Tories at war over Heathrow expansion. Now, here we go. It is

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either Heathrow or Gatwick or maybe some else. Many people threatening

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to resign on the conservative side. That's right. We've seen the crisis

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in the Labour Party to what we see as a crisis over Heathrow in the

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Conservative party. This has been coming for a while, we anticipated

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it would be made last week... It is now up to the government to say

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whether it is Heathrow or not. That's right. We were briefed

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earlier that we thought the decision would be made this coming week,

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although now they say it could be delayed further. Interestingly,

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there are some influential politicians who live under the

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flight path who are not especially happy about it. The likes of Boris

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Johnson, the development secretary and others. So, what this story

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seems to be saying is they suggest that if this does go ahead they will

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resign. They've been put into a difficult position, because Cameron

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said before there would be no Heathrow expansion. Obviously be

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independent report coming out and suggesting expansion is the best

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thing to do has put them in a tricky position. Where do we go from here?

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We keep being told they will have to be a decision. Presumably it could

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be put off as long as politicians want it to be? I think it could be a

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complete fudge. How do you fudge it? You put in place legal barriers, or

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a tight restrictions that Heathrow would have to pass, to be granted

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the third runway. So you set impossible targets? That will be

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pushed into the long grass until George Osborne comes along and

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decide he will stamp the authority. They could already seek judicial

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review. Some suggest it will be delayed any way for a couple of

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years, some say decades before we get a decision on this. So,

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nobody's career will be imminently over. David Cameron will be long

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gone, I think. Still with us, I'm sure, just as Prime Minister. Well,

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thank you very much. Very nice to see you both.

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