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Erik Lamela having a good night at White Hart Lane. We will also hear

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from Alastair Cook about who might open the batting with him in South

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Africa. -- the destinies of the Europa league teams.

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

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With me are the Guardian's political correspondent Rowena Mason

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and the Independent's economics editor Ben Chu.

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The Telegraph leads with our top story tonight, the delayed

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The paper says the CBI has branded it "gutless".

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The same story dominates the Times front page with claims that

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the owner of British Airways could threaten to "give up on Heathrow"

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The Metro reports on more weather misery in Cumbria, describing how

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residents in Glenridding fled the village as flooding returned.

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According to the Independent private investors are being enticed

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"Obesity in women as dangerous as terror threat" is the Mail's

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headline, after comments by England's Chief Medical Officer.

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the Guardian leads with the latest in a series of allegations

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And the Express claims that the number of asylum seekers coming

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to the UK has increased by 60% in three months.

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We are going to start with Heathrow, and the delay in the decision about

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whether there would be another runway. They are getting a lot of

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flak from the authorities on this one. They are, gutless was one word

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used to describe David Cameron for delaying the decision for another

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six months. It is not hard to see why they are up in arms, they

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commissioned this report to determine where the new airport

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capacity should be. They came out after that saying it should be at

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Heathrow, and everyone assume that after the election was over there

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could be a quick decision because it would not be so politically toxic.

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But they have found it is politically toxic even though the

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general election has passed. It is suggested that this is all about the

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London mayoral elections, because Sadiq Khan said he would... The Tory

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candidate said that he would resign if they gave it the go-ahead. So

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they are going to take the decision six months after that election is

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over. I suppose the government, Patrick McLauchlan and David Cameron

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could have taken a decision that it would be Gatwick. That would have

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solved the problem, wouldn't it? Possibly, but it is suggested that

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Heathrow is poor will be the preferred option, but so is Gatwick.

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-- bobbly. It seems that David Cameron would rather take all the

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sound and fury from Labour for one-day calling him gutless and

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shambolic over this decision, it won't last all that long. Not only

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that, he has several cabinet ministers who could potentially

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resign over the issue as well. Their constituencies would be affected by

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Heathrow, for example. So they would resign, some might resign? She

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hasn't said it, she has kept quiet on Heathrow while a cabinet

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minister, but it is a possibility that that could happen. That might

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have been part of the calculation? It all seems very political, a cynic

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would say. Absolutely, it is most likely to be the London mayoral

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election, but also factoring in all of these discontents who would

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create a lot of opposition if he did give the go-ahead to Heathrow. OK,

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the CBI, business leaders up in arms as well as some politicians, the

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front page of The Times. BA threat to abandon Heathrow will double the

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losses, according to the paper. This is another interest in the story. It

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underlines the number of different angles from which David Cameron is

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being bombarded with lobbying. Gatwick has mounted a huge campaign

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to say they want the expansion, Heathrow is lobbying very hard, and

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now Willie Walsh on BA is saying that the pricetag on Heathrow is too

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expensive, even though Heathrow is still the preferred option. It is

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another bit of headache for the PM to negotiate when he does it

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eventually take this decision. When this is being debated ad infinitum

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in the decision put further into the future of stomach, -- the decision

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is put further into the future, with all the different other airports

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around Europe, that is what they are competing with. That is why business

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people want a decision sooner rather than later. Yes, it is not only

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about businesses go, but about the quality of life of those who live

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under the runways. There is always the idea that we need a big hub

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airport in the south-east, but do we need that? Do we need a place where

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people just change planes and fly to New York? How does it benefit the UK

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economy? It benefits Heathrow because people go shopping when they

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are waiting for their plane, that is that what the country needs? Are the

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patterns of airline use going to follow the way that it has been in

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recent decades? Perhaps it won't. OK, let's go to the Times... No, the

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Independent. The scandal of buy to let care homes. Speculators been

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promised 10% per year returns. It seems an extraordinary amount, the

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terms that this investment company is offering, and we have already had

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the situation of private equity investors squeezing every last penny

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of profit out of care homes, although potentially quite a small

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scale, this is another example of what seems to be a lack of

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regulation in the sector. That is what this has revealed, but 10%

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return is pretty good, isn't it? If you have some spare cash and someone

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offers you 10% in this environment it means they are taking a lot of

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risk. That is what is frightening, how can they possibly generate that?

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Will it be by squeezing the quality of care available to people in care

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homes, or by running it in a way that it is likely to go bust, which

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is bad for people in the care home in the taxpayers who would

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ultimately have to battle it out? It really underlines the fact that this

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is not a very well regulated sector -- Bailiff out. -- bail it out. This

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brings home how unsatisfactory it is and how they will be pressure as the

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population ages and the pressure increases to properly regulate and

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make sure this exploitation can't happen. Local councils have been

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allowed to raise rates by 2% in order to cover social care. Many are

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saying that is not enough. The sector is in a lot of difficulty at

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the moment, and this sort of highlights the lengths to which some

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private care home operators are going to to raise cash to build new

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homes, it doesn't seem very satisfactory. Let's move on, back to

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the Telegraph, and Jeremy Corbyn is on the front page. Jeremy Corbyn in

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the con artist accused of funding ISIL. This is a strange story.

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Jeremy Corbyn appears to have written a letter on behalf of

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someone who was a constituent or whose family is a constituent of

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his. He did this in May, and he was making the case that this person

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should get bail, and it transpires that later in the court case he has

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been implicated in being part of a gang that was defrauding old people

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out of their life savings, and separately the Metropolitan Police

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have said there is a link to some funding that ended up in Syria. So

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it is quite a chain of events, and we should stress that Jeremy Corbyn

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probably had no idea there was a to terror this case, and it is not

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particularly unusual for an MP to lobby and intervene on behalf of

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their constituents to give them a character reference or a description

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of them that suggests they should get bail. The problem with this is

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that Jeremy Corbyn is perceived in the public mind as having a weakness

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on the issue of security. There have been a lot of stories on this, so it

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is unfortunate. It doesn't help his public image at a time when he is

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trying to move away from this argument. Just to be clear, Jeremy

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Corbyn had no idea he was a con artist, he had no idea that he might

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have some relationship with Syria in terms of Islamic State. Yes, but as

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Ravindran says, it is terrible timing. -- Rowena. Many people have

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been demanding an apology for the PM's characterisation of Jeremy

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Corbyn as a terrorist sympathiser. This is just terrible timing, that

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he has vouched for someone who has defrauded people of money that has

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ended up going to the Middle East. This happens a lot, an MP will have

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someone come to them and ask for a character reference if they are

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involved in some kind of activity. I don't think it is that unusual for

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an MP to try to help out a constituent who is facing legal

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problems. There have been things in the past I think about MPs getting

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into trouble with the families of them is when they have tried to

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argue on their behalf in a court case, so it is not the first time it

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has ever happened. It is just very fortunate timing -- unfortunate

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timing. This one, obesity in women as dangerous as the terror threat.

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That is not exact live what she claimed. So it is wrong? Let's move

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on them! She said that obesity is a serious health risk, and it should

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be classified on this civil register of emergencies. Also on that list

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are things like terrorism and flooding and war, so she is saying

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it should be considered to be a serious civil risk. That is not

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saying it is as bad as terrorism, but we should take it seriously. She

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is trying to say it is very serious and we should take it seriously. She

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is the chief medical officer, the head doctor of the UK. She has an

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audience now! Let's see the message gets through. Is it any worse for

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women than men? This report is actually all about women's health,

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which is why she is focusing on women and obesity, and she has made

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a number of other recommendations as well. One thing she says is that you

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are not allowed to eat for two during pregnancy, which is surely

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one of the silver lining is! Very sad. Worse than terrorism! OK, the

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headline draws us in, the facts are little bit less... Obesity and

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terror are not really things people are used to seeing in the same

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storyline. Finally, to the big story of the night, celebrity bake off.

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Here are some photographs of their competitors. John Simpson included.

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Alison Steadman, Wil Young. Ed Balls is one of the contestants, and he

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was famously once described as the most boring than in politics. I

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suppose he has nothing else to do, why would he get involved in this

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kind of thing? Maybe he just loves baking. I think it is more

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surprising that we have Samantha Cameron on a given that she doesn't

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really appear talking or giving interviews on television very

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extensively. She has been quite a quiet wife of the PM. We have a

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quote from her where she is lifting the lid on home life with David

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Cameron, saying that he and their daughter Nancy are very keen cooks

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and very competitive. Marshmallows, Carmont and lemon drizzle cakes --

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almond. What would this have been vetted? Would it have gone through

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the PR team at Number Ten? Absolutely, they would have seen

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that this was a satisfactory activity for the wife of the PM to

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do. As long as it doesn't get onto political conversation. Many people

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have been critical about her sconce, especially if they don't come out

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right. Is this what we are going to see politicians or ex- politicians

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getting involved with more in the future? I don't think I have ever

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seen anyone like that on this kind of show. If you want to reach the

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great British public there is no better way than going on the great

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British bake off. If politicians want to get their message across in

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a soft way, this is the ideal vehicle, just to show that the walls

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is -- Ed Balls is in a situation to capitalise on it. It is not like

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they are going into the jungle or anything. I suppose neither of them

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are actually active politicians at the moment. Thank you so much for

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looking at some of the stories behind the headlines. Many thanks.

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Much more coming up, now time for Sportsday.

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Coming up on the programme: Erik Lamela's hattrick takes Spurs

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