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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be

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Lots of politics, so two likely people with me.

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Our guests are Chris Hope, Chief Political Correspondent

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of the Daily Telegraph, and the political commentator

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It is all Europe. Let's start with the Metro. Last night, the headline

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was, you must be joking. Today, the best of both worlds? Well, all of

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the headlines last night could not the headlines last night could not

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really have been worse for poor David Cameron. Today, yesterday, the

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focus was on the deal he brought back from the EU, today the focus is

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very much about Cameron against his own party. Today was the day when he

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presented the deal to Parliament and then had to endure two hours of

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every backbencher, pro and against, standing up and saying their piece.

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He's got to go through this, because He's got to go through this, because

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the relationship with his own party on Europe, the issue that divides

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them, it is a bit of internal family therapy that he has to do over the

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next few months if he has any chance of winning the referendum. As he

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scored some points, given that it is a slightly more mellow headline on

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the one we got last night? Possibly. He has a period of about two weeks

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and is insisting the negotiation with our European partners is not

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over. That his party, his MPs and his cabinet ministers should give

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him that two week grace period to go back and get some more, but this is

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the basis of a good deal, he says. He is being given the benefit of the

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doubt, probably by enough backbenchers, and therefore the mood

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today has been that he looks like he might be getting away with it. That

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is probably why the headlines are less bad than there were 24 hours

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ago. But the ghosts of Europe row's past are coming to haunt him. Fury

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of the Tory grassroots? It's the of the Tory grassroots? It's the

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same story, differently told. This is a two our debate. One exchange

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that has been highlighted, we have written this in the Telegraph, David

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Tennant -- David Cameron got them to agree on this slightly watered-down

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deal, don't take a view because of what your constituency association

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might say, or if you are worried about a boundary review. It is a red

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rag to a bull, given that most people believe that Tory activists

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at the right of the leadership, as are many of the Tory base. Here we

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have a Prime Minister who is due to leave in three years' time, telling

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his MPs, you need to get re-elected, ignoring those that vote for him? He

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will not be there, he will not need to win the support of the people

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that won the support of activists in 2015. Line taken by this campaign

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you have on the left-hand side of the front page. We have not heard

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anything about the live debate, one of the most crucial things in a

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generation, why have we not heard about a live, televised debate?

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There is still a lot of uncertainty about whether we will have a

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referendum in June. It is pencilled in for June the 23rd. There has been

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so much focus, the energy of the principal players in the government,

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Cameron and Osborne, has been on this renegotiation and trying to get

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a deal that they can put to the country. How the campaign will be

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fought has become a bit secondary to that. The thing Cameron has on his

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side is that at least the stay in campaign, the remained campaign,

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seems to be relatively unified. When the deal is done coming two weeks'

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time, even the those on the remain in side, who have been taking

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potshots at David Cameron about the way he has conducted the

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negotiations, they will have to come in behind him. At the moment, the

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leave campaign has some very strong arguments and very encouraging signs

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in the opinion polls, but it is very divided. At the moment, this problem

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they are having is that David Cameron has told other Cabinet

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ministers, you can't come out publicly for out yet. They have no

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figurehead. On this point, Cameron said he would be on the TV during

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debates. We are trying to make sure we hold him to that. What sort of

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debate? There is only Nigel Farage that would stand there and say that.

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Our idea is a good one, put Cameron against the best no campaign person

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they can find. May be the campaign has somebody? It could be a business

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leader, hopefully David Cameron will feel secure in his arguments and

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have a proper debate. In the election last year, he did not want

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to debate Ed Miliband head to head. I am sure Nigel Farage would give

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him a run for his money. The Guardian, there are people within

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the Cabinet, particularly the big beasts, feeling a little bit

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uncomfortable. We know they are Eurosceptics, and yet they are

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making tactical decisions about whether they will, indeed, be in the

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campaign? Theresa May yesterday, Michael Gove not sure. Is Boris the

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game changer? Seems to be, the dance of the seven veils, as I heard it

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described. I heard a Boris Ally saying, you know, are we going to

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win? They are looking at the polls? It is all about the future. This is

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your point, David Cameron has told us he's going to stand down. A lot

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of the power that the Prime Minister has is keeping their party onside,

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through the fear of not being preferred to minister ships. Why

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can't he have an honest debate? This is what the public complain about.

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Why can't you say, I am a Eurosceptic, you know that, we will

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have an honest debate. If you vote to stay in, that is democracy? That

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would be an honest way to go forward? This is the other

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complicating factor. All of these people being lined up as potential

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successors, if the vote goes against David Cameron and the British people

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vote to leave the EU, the next few years will be dominated by a

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horrendous wrangle over how we come out. For me, and horrendous wrangle.

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For others, an exciting journey. There will be thinking, if I want

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the top job, how will I want to spend the next few years? I reckon

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zombie-like Theresa May, who has hummed and hard -- somebody like

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Theresa May, she will be thinking, do I want to do that? She could be

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the most powerful Prime Minister for many years. We're nearly at the end

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of this hour, let's look at the story in the Guardian. Lord Lucan,

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he was called George Bingham yesterday. The guy in the picture is

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now officially dead, according to the High Court, which allows George

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Bingham to have the title. We are fans of Downton Abbey. Will she be a

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dowager? Presumably it is all about the title. It marks a point on a

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story that has obsessed viewers in Britain for decades. I think it will

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continue to. The evidence might be emerging next year, says one of the

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reports. If he re-emerges alive, he is back as Lord Lucan. For now, it

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looks like a line has been drawn under this situation. One of the

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families members of the victim was not happy. The son of the nanny and

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the son of Lord Lucan have become good friends over the years. We will

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get into more of that in the next hour. We will have more to go

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through it. Coming up, time for Sportsday. And

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apparently we will have more on the Prime Minister's attempts to win

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backing from MPs for his deal on reforming Britain's place in Europe.

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He has been facing some criticism today from some in his own party. I

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have talked to the pictures. It is time for Sportsday.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday with me, Ore Oduba.

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Coming up tonight: Runs, more runs and a lot of rain.

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