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

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With me are writer Bonnie Greer and the Metro's Joel Taylor.

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Sir Terry Wogan is pictured on many of the front pages.

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Thanks, Tel, is the headline on the Metro.

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Express calls the broadcaster a 'true national treasure'.

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Independent leads with research which found the pay gap faced

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by black workers widens the more qualifications they obtain.

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The Times says the Prime Minister's hopes

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of securing an EU renegotiation are hanging by a thread

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after the president of the European Council walked out of Downing

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The Guardian reports that an estimated 800,000 people have

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dropped off the electoral register since the government introduced

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The Mail says GPs have voted to stop looking after hundreds of thousands

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The Telegraph says Mr Cameron has forced Brussels to admit Britain

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needs an immediate "emergency brake" on the number of

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And the Sun's headline beside a picture of Sir Terry: Thank

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We will start with the Times, and coverage of the talks that have

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taken place for only one and a half hours this evening. Just what it for

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hours to reach a deal with Europe. This time. There might be lots of 24

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hours before them. I don't think that is exactly what the story says

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exactly. It says he wants to try to get this deal going around in-work

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benefits and the Times figures he has 24 hours to do it. Donald Tusk

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walkout apparently saying no deal. What ever that means. The PM now,

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his people, they are saying that there is kind of one but we are

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going to see if we can make it better than it is. It is all quite

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bizarre. No deal and yet they are constructive talks. Looking at the

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papers, the Times and the Telegraph, the Times says he has 24

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hours to save the deal, it is an ultimatum. The Telegraph is

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suggesting the conversation has been positive. It is almost like an

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Hollywood movie trailer. Yes. The Telegraph is suggesting they have

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made a significant concession in the EU. They have finally said Britain

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needs an emergency brake. And then finally it mentions that Tusk walks

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out saying no deal. International calls are not supposed to end like

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that. It does sound like the Prime Minister said we need a break and

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Tusk says that is what you do and that is it. If he walks out saying

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there is no deal then none has been done. It says there is a significant

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concession and they say the levels of migration into the UK require a

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break. Any idea what the formula is to work that out? The other point is

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that Tusk has said that the rest of the EU has to agree on the level the

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UK has reached in order for some break that might happen to kick in.

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The Prime Minister wants it to happen right away. We don't know

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what this is. If they even get the chance to apply for this, the other

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EU member states have to agree to it. Others might want that brake. If

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you think of Greece. That adds a whole other level of complication.

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Hard to see a way through this that is going to be easy. Meanwhile, back

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at the Conservative Party, the parliamentary party, a segment is

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very angry. The Eurosceptics. They are saying this is not a real thing.

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This isn't real. Someone called it a sick joke. That's not nice. Let's

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look at the Guardian. Students hit hard by a slump in electoral roll.

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The Labour Party say that the change in the rules, so that individuals

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have to register to have disappeared from the list.

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Apparently. They would supposedly have to reapply. Yes. Labour are

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concerned. They fear these are likely to be people more likely to

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vote for them. They are highlighting this. It doesn't seem that the

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Cabinet office and the Government are taking it on board. They have

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said these entries are by people who have moved or died or were on the

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list fraudulently. How can you know if you have slipped off the list?

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They have said this around the time of the election, these people will

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be missing from the electoral register. It will be interesting for

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someone to publish figures or to see something definitive. We've just

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been told this is happening. It would be nice to know. We're not

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getting that definitively. Presumably, the first time someone

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would know they are not on the list is when they come to the election.

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You wouldn't think, I need to go and check. There are almost a million

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people declared ineligible to exercise their vote, that would be a

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concern to all parties. Particularly young voters. A head scratching

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about how to attract young people to get involved. -- a head scratch. I

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find it quite strange. Maybe after this they will do something. Pay gap

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hits black graduates in white college jobs according to the

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Independent. A report showing how they miss out despite tries to curb

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discrimination and it's not just when they go into work. The NUS says

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it starts at the moment, when HR enters the education system, they

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are immediately on the back foot -- when a black child enters the

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education system. University graduates earn 23% less than white

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graduates and that is huge. We have laws to deal with it. Anthony

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Lester, leading human rights lawyer, has tweeted to us: We have strong

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equality law against racism but not enforced. The human rights

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commission should tackle this. I have to say, it isn't popular, but

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40 years ago the US tackle this by quota -- tackled this bike quota.

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People are entitled to have the same amount of access to jobs and

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education but there has to be legislation to enforce it. It

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happened. It worked. What about the argument, if you do quotas for women

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or minorities you don't get the best candidates. That didn't happen in

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the United States. We have a whole generation of people. We have had to

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African-American attorney generals. -- two. A whole generation

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benefiting from these quotas, not least the president of the United

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States. It works. There are still incredible racial divisions in

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America. We are talking about people accessing jobs. This level of

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inequality is appalling. It isn't anything that a democratic society

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should be willing to tolerate. And it should be something that is an

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emergency situation. Oxford University says it does not see the

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need for extra legislation. They have tried to say there is a broader

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problem within society. Their figures are stark. Last year, 64

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black students were enrolled at Oxford University. That's up from 30

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95 years ago. That still very low numbers of people -- that's up from

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39 five years ago. There is a sort of intellectual bar that stops

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people from seeing these problems. You start to see when there is

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legislation to help you to see. I have to say that. In the United

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States people were incentivised to do things. How? For instance, you

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were given extra money, literally, extra money, to run your business or

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your university, if you considered hiring. And people did it and it did

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bring in a workforce. It brought in people, people became entrepreneurs

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and business owners, and it enabled people to go to universities. It

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happen. Did it stop the problem? In introducing those incentives? Did it

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mean that you had enough minorities within an organisation that they

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were then role models for people coming behind them? They became role

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models. It became stagnant after a while, of course, as everything. It

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created a generation of professionals. Let's look at Donald

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Trump on the top of the Independent. America starts to give its verdict.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seemed to be leading in the polls in

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Iowa, where the primary takes place. It's all a bit close and

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there is a big margin of error. But they are the leading candidates. We

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are told. The mountain Mr Trump would have to climb even to be

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nominated as a Republican party candidate is massive. First of all

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he has a lock of the Republican Party establishment against him.

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Even though he has a lot of the grassroots interested in him -- he

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has a lot of the Republican Party establishment against him. I have to

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say that the president of the United States is not directly elected by

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the people of the United States. He has to be elected by the electoral

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college, the assemblage of the popular vote. The Democratic Party

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at this point in time has a lock on the... That is literally what it is

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called now. A candidate like Donald Trump would not break that. So that

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is the dilemma for the Republican Party. He is not going to get them

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the White House, and they know it. So, tomorrow, the Iowa caucuses,

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with bad weather there, and people worrying about the turnout... He has

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to win it and win it big. But he does have a lot of grassroots

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support. He is different. It might not be palatable, what he says, but

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he is certainly outspoken. Absolutely. He is appealing to this

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disenfranchised body of people who feel they have not been represented

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in the White House. Are they likely to vote? I don't know. He is facing

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a battle to convince his own side. Certainly. I want to say, it is

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important to say, this is not a matter of a person going to vote.

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This man has to be elected by a specific waddy. The process he has

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to go through to get their is so enormous -- body -- there. It is for

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everyone. The party who nominate him do not want him. Barack Obama's

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former adviser was talking today, saying how the Republicans are off

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the rails, in a similar way to Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party, that

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was his comparison. It is a party that at the moment it is hard to see

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how they can pull up. Let's finish with tributes to Sir Terry Wogan,

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who has died of cancer at the age of 77. The Daily Mirror and the Sun

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have the same headline, but different photos. Thank you for

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being our friend. And the quote, Bonnie, about not seeing millions

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but people were individuals. That is what he was, and artist of the

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radio. I have lived here for 30 years and I remember where I was

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when I first heard him. He came right through that radio and that is

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a rare gift. He used it superbly. The Sun, a different picture with a

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cheeky grin of a national treasure. As Bonnie has said, he had such a

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reassuring... Always familiar, strangely familiar. You listen to

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him and he would just might you were just relax and enjoy his humour. The

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instrument was beautiful as well. That is the other part, the

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instrument itself was beautiful. Nice way to finish with tributes to

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Sir Terry Wogan. Thank you so much for taking us through the front

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pages. That's it for this evening. Coming up next, it's the

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