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format in an international coach who has died at the age of 80. That is

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all coming up in 15 minutes after the papers.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are author David Torrance and The Independent's political

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A flooded street scene from York dominates the front

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It also reports on how Britain leaving the EU could lead to

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the loss of funding into scientific research.

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Storm Eva is the focus of the Daily Express,

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which warns of 80 mile an hour gales and torrential downpours hitting

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The FT reports on the trouble facing American banks because of their

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The Telegraph leads on an Oxford University study, calling

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for more people to be offered cheap blood pressure pills, to cut the

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The Mail reports on struggling maternity units - claiming that half

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have had to turn away women in labour because of a lack of beds.

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After threats in Brunei to imprison people who

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celebrate Christmas in public, the Times reports on faith leaders

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from across Britain, condemning what it calls a growing crackdown

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And if you haven't done your Christmas shopping yet, the Sun

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says you could be contributing to the 3 billion pounds expected to be

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I've not even done my Christmas cards yet. Let us start with the

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male. It continues to focus on the NHS and on the maternity ward. They

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are saying that they can't cope. We have known that on occasions

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maternity wards have too many people and as a consequence they cannot

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function. Have you turn a woman away in labour? It depends where you are

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and whether or not you have two act immediately. If there is a clinical

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reason, you will not do that. But there are women who can go to

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another hospital. Often, the distance is not massively great in

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London. And imagine if that is your first child. That is the point that

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the mail is making. Last year, 175 women were turned away. At some

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stage, they do shut their doors. It is an important story and we know

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that maternity units are stretched. The difficulty you have, is that you

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can't predict demand. And I am sure, after Labour's warning, the money

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being piled into the NHS is just going to go into pensions and other

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things they need to pay for with prudent care. It is another problem

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for the administration. The course of this is actually covered in the

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main headlines. No surprise, but the mail should find that there is a

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migrant connection there. It is an interesting story and one full of

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Christmas residents, given the time of year. In the Daily Telegraph also

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has an NHS story about warnings of patient safety again in the

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Telegraph. The headline says that agency nurses in during long shifts

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are endangering our safety. I find this story a little bit dubious. It

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appears to amount to one nurse who said that he booked two separate 12

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hour shifts at two different agencies and was therefore able to

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work 24 hours. That is against the guidelines and he has broken those.

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He could potentially be struck off. One person doing to me that they

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should not do should not make a headline story. Potentially is the

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crucial word in the third paragraph. It seems quite specular. It was like

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they went looking for it. This was their undercover investigation

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unit, and I don't think they found what they were looking for. A

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spokesperson for the hospital has said that they expected agency staff

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to not, the ability to provide safe care. They are freelance and they

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can take different shifts are different hospitals. It is not about

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these firms. That situation has always been known. A does not mean

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that there are huge amounts of demand, it is just that one person

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could do it. At the top of the Daily Telegraph they took about how the

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NHS could save money through heart pills. This is a much better story.

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Because you are a big fan of preventative care rather than

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reactive care. This is what a lot of healthcare vessels have been

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advocating. I will not try to pronounce that. Each ten millimetre

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HD drop has been found to reduce heart pressure by a fifth and death

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from all causes by 13. Distributing this number of heart pills might be

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challenging, logistically, but if they pulled it off that could save,

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that sort of impact is only different areas, could save the NHS

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a lot of money further down the line. You can't actually see it, but

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there is a brilliant cartoon in the middle of that piece. It is a chart

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telling its mother on Christmas Eve, just before the fireplace, I am

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leaving Santa a leaflet on obesity and blood pressure pills. Obviously,

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instead of a cookie and a glass of milk. Very funny. They are so small

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and they are difficult for us to get them. Let us move on to the time. --

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The Times. This is about the persecution of Christians that has

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not been covered quite a bit. This is about Christians in Muslim

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countries. We're not talking about Iraq or Syria. We're talking about

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Brunei that we would think is pro-Western. You can be put in jail

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for five years for celebrating Christmas in public. Places like

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Somalia, and China. What is interesting is that they have a man

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who goes a little bit further against uniting against persecution

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of Christians but what he describes as the religiously illiterate

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religious intelligentsia. He is having a go at the West saying you

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are not taking this seriously enough and you have to stand up. The Pope

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released a statement expressing his huge concern about the persecution

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of Christians across Asia, across the Middle East and many parts of

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the world. Talking about Asia, they left out China which has 70 million

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Christians who are set to take over the United States as the world 's

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largest Christian country in a decade. A lot of them have been

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dismantled by officials of the Communist Party, who are atheist.

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Evidently, number 10 shows the Cabinet members are speaking out.

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Will he? Or won't he? This is a long-running parliament joke. This

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is the time saying that Downing Street is going to allow ministers

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to speak out and campaign to leave the EU -- The Times. Of course you

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can campaign. It is not in the spirit of a referendum. If you want

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to, David and George feel very strongly that this is a good idea

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and if you value your place in the government you will either at keep

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quiet and support them. To be honest, there are some people on

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their way out of government anyway to take a stance and campaign, but I

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would have thought, some of the rising Eurosceptic stars aren't

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likely to be too vocal. The president is in 1975 gave them

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similar circumstances. It is simply a way of managing a very difficult

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situation. We were talking about this before we came on air. How much

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is at stake or David Cameron and his premiership with the EU referendum

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and how is he going to try to play this so it is all not just down to a

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make or break it? He knows deep down that it is. What will worry, not

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just David Cameron, but the campaign in general, is that some voters will

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use the referendum to kick David Cameron rather than anything else.

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It is sort of an anti-government feeling that may get behind the lead

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campaign. This is what happens at the referendum, and they use a proxy

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for wider issue. It is huge pressure from both camps. They aren't as

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engaging for the other camps. They have to go down there and explain

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how the EU works to an awful lot of people and explain the benefits and

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maybe some of the non- benefits of member ship. It will be an

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interesting one, pitifully few. -- particulates for you. The

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Independent. See what I was doing? It was all planned. They are warning

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against leaving the EU. I had an overwhelming sense of deja vu when I

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did this story. I cover the Scottish Referendum and there were a similar

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line of academics who were very worried about losing research money,

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the UK and Scotland punch well above their weight in relative terms. UK

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gets 25% of all European Council grants, and naturally, academics who

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depend on money from Brussels for their research and livelihood are

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concerned about that. Becomes, as all of the nose, -- as all the -- as

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Oliver knows. It is collaborative. You will have groups of scientists

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in different situations using different equipment. That becomes

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that much harder when you have freedom of movement limited, your

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wife has to get a Visa. Being part of a wider union makes this much

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easier. They pointed to the success of Europe and some of the research

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things we have done. And the UK will lose out for not being part of the

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wider community. They put a value on how much this contributes to the UK

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economy, and they think it is about ?7.6 billion. It would be really

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nice if starters could tell us how we can avoid these winter washouts,

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which is what the i talks about. It is not the storm that is bringing

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the rain, that means that the Dell force winds all adds to people being

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affected really badly. More flooding. These things happen every

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year and you have to wonder, in terms of flood defences that these

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happen in different parts of the country. The difficulty is he get

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several bouts of rain and the error becomes that much more prone to

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flooding. The ground is already waterlogged. I suspect, that the

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storm will come on it's own it would not bring the flooding, but after

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everything that has happened, it is going to go all over again. It seems

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to be happening more and more. Not a great day, whether wisely shopping

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tomorrow, but according to the Sun, a lot of us will be spending ?3

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billion in a day. They will save just 4% of pay. Why do people leave

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it so late? Know I am quite organised. Amazon. It is the last

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big spending rush, and a staggering amount of money which is good for

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the economy. Interestingly it offers evidence of some sort of economic

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recovery, and we have seen take-home pay start to soar. It might be an

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exaggeration but it is going up. I wish you both a very Merry Christmas

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and I look forward to receiving my present. Have a fantastic Christmas

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and New Year. Thank you for taking us through the papers tonight.

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Thanks to you for watching and coming up next is Sport Today.

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Hello, and welcome to Sportsday. I'm Hugh Woozencroft.

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