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


With me are the Political Commentator, Vincent Moss,


and the Political Editor at the Sunday Express,


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:


The Sunday Express leads on the announcement that


a new "supergroup" will be unveiled this week,


uniting voices calling for Britain's exit from the EU.


A key adviser to Margaret Thatcher, Lord Powell, believes the former


Prime Minister would have supported David Cameron's Brussels deal -


that's according to the Sunday Times.


The Observer fears Government plans to restrict council homes


for the very poorest will mean that tens of thousands of families


leads on a letter it's received from more than 40


Conservative Party Associations, "angered", it says,


by David Cameron's instruction to Tory MPs to ignore


The Help for Heroes charity is being investigated by the Charity


Finally, The Independent on Sunday dedicates its front page


to the efforts being taken to tackle obesity, but criticises the policies


of both the NHS and the Department of Health.


Not showing any preference, we will start with the Sunday Express.


Caroline has an exclusive. Extra brownie points for you. After a week


when we can say there has been so much infighting in the out campaign,


it seems that there is finally going to be a big supergroup, a


unification of 15 of those Brexit groups. I am told there are 47 of


them in total, but 15 of the biggest will merge with the grassroots out


campaign and the idea is that they will speak with one voice. They are


going to go for designation. The next edge in this campaign is that


they need to get designation status to become the league campaign in


this fight. It seems now that the merged group is going to put itself


forward as the official out campaign. How well blended are the


let stay in campaign? Much better than the let's get out campaign, for


whom to say they have had a week which has been incoherent and


plagued by backbiting would be to make an understatement. They have


had a terrible week. Nobody knows what is going on, so it does make


sense to get a unified voice together and push the message in


that way. At the moment, the public are already fairly turned off,


because nobody understands the message from either group because of


the chaotic infighting. It is getting lost. People are shouting


over each other, leaving one group in joining another. Ultimately, this


is about trying to draw a line under the infighting and saying actually,


we have an incredible opportunity to make a historic decision. Let's lay


out the facts for people and make sure both voices have a clear


message, which is why the Sunday Express today also has an opinion


editorial written by the lead of the outgroup and a leader of the in


group, setting out the arguments for staying and going. A nice balance,


well done. The Sunday Times has lots of stories about the EU. This one


says that would vote yes to the EU. Her closest adviser fuels Tory civil


war -- he says Thatcher would vote yes to the EU. The Sunday Times have


resurrected Margaret Thatcher, who we are told confidently by the


Sunday Times would vote yes to the EU. They have sourced this to Lord


Powell, who works for Margaret Thatcher in the 80s. It is a further


indication of the huge battle, particularly for the support of


wavering Conservatives, to back-up the Prime Minister's campaign to


reluctantly stay within the EU, but on much an on better terms that the


Prime Minister is confident he will negotiate. But there has been a bit


of a slap down by Lord Tebbit. When I saw this headline, we were


expecting Margaret Thatcher to speak from the grave. They are saying that


if she was here, this is what she would think. Of course, Margaret


Thatcher is one of those figures in the Conservative Party who is still


held with enormous affection, so anybody trying to suggest that she


would support David Cameron is supposed to swing people behind


David Cameron's deal with Donald Tusk. Lord Tebbit says of Lord


Powell, here's an apparent chick, not a politician. Oh, dear -- an


apparent chick. Daily Telegraph. 44 local party bosses have written to


the Daily Telegraph. I wonder if they were invited to do so. Perish


the thought. Warning that David Cameron has known divine right. What


are they upset about? They are upset about the fact that David Cameron


has said to his MPs, you should vote with your heart, not necessarily the


way your constituency would want you to. The feeling is that a lot of


associations are very Eurosceptic and he doesn't want the MPs to


necessarily vote the way their party association would. There are threats


of the selections. No MP is going to go against their association, it is


their bread and butter. Although we are a long way off another election,


so they have a few years to claw back votes. But these local


associations have long memories and they are brutal when it comes to


dealing with MPs they don't feel are loyal enough. I would not want to be


the MP who perhaps voted to stay in in a very Eurosceptic area. It would


be a brave man or woman. A final bit of EU in the Daily Mail. Revealed,


the Cabinet minister who will fight to leave the EU. Who is this? It is


Priti Patel, the employment minister. She does sit in the


Cabinet, but she is not a Secretary of State. She is well-known for her


Eurosceptic views. In many ways, it was inevitable that the Sunday


papers would be rushing to get somebody to break ranks this weekend


after the Prime Minister told everybody to be quiet until after he


secured his deal in two weeks' time. The Mail on Sunday has come up with


Priti Patel. I have not seen her comments, but she is clearly going


to say something exciting about the fact that she backs Brexit. We need


pages eight and nine, Mail on Sunday! Moving away from the EU,


Help For Heroes in shock charity probe. The Charity commission are


feeling the need to investigate. Why? Yes, the Mail on Sunday has put


together a number of allegations about the charity, which raises lots


of money for servicemen since it was set up in 2007. But there are


ex-staff who have been disgruntled and claimed they were gagged when


seeking unfair dismissal. There have been allegations that there were


data breaches when ex-servicemen have had details of their condition


passed on. The Charity commission says it is looking at those


allegations, but Help For Heroes says it looks after thousands of


people and takes its responsibilities to set high


standards very seriously, although there is a piece from Tim Collins, a


former SAS hero who made an inspirational speech, saying their


questions here that have to be answered. Took us through what the


Charity commission are saying and what Help For Heroes is saying? We


must stress it is only an investigation. The Charity


commission said it is working with Help For Heroes to resolve the


concern over the alleged failings of the charity, which may have led to


private details of traumatised soldiers' private psychiatric


treatment being exposed. We must say that some of the allegations here,


there are not substantiated details about them, one being that there was


an attempted suicide. Help For Heroes have said they take their


responsibility very seriously, and they set the highest standards to


ensure that they have the best staff. So they are worrying


allegations, but the investigation is ongoing. Lawyers for the charity


have said they did not have any details about the allegation


attempted suicide a soldier who is claimed to have suffered in their


care. The charity said it was not the subject of a full statutory


investigation by the Charity commission and it was normal for big


charities to have regular updates with the regulator, which is true.


You are now seeing newspapers looking at charities across the


piece. You had stories about Age UK and Kids Company, famously. The


media are now looking at charities. It has become a real issue. We have


just seen the bill go through the hassle of Parliament which is


supposed to beef up the powers for organisations looking into what


charities are doing. They're clearly needs to be more scrutiny and better


oversight from government and the Charity commission. Let's look at


the Observer. Families to be forced out of council homes. This is likely


to affect 60,000 households. What is the move here? It is something


George Osborne suggested, that from April mid year, if you earned a lot


of money, depending on your circumstances, 40,000 if you are


inside London, you would have to pay the market rate for your council


property. Although 40,000 sounds a lot in some parts of the country, if


you had a family in a three or four bedroom house in central London or


even in outer London, you would not be able to afford to get a similar


property at the so-called market rent, because rents are so


expensive. So the Observer is highlighting this report from the


Local Government Association saying that almost 60,000 households would


be forced to leave London. And how easy is it to do that? That whole


lives are here. When you are employed in a particular job and you


have children at schools, it is difficult to see how that would


work. But it is something we have seen from Osborne for a while, the


idea that you should pay a fair rate for things and that it is too easy


for people to be subsidised and on benefits. This follows the benefit


cap. And the spare room subsidy. Or the bedroom tax. It all plays into


the problem of not having enough housing and the supply and demand


issue. Everything has gone through the roof, no pun intended. The


Observer also says a humanitarian disaster looms in a as Assad's


forces cut off rebels. We have seen thousands of people moving towards


the Turkish border to try get out of Aleppo before it is completely


besieged. That's right, and it all has consequences, because that is


going to fuel the migration problem, with more people heading towards the


West. There will be a huge problem if this continues in Aleppo.


One of the other consequences is that this will bleed into the whole


debate about Europe and the referendum, because people will see


these pictures and the concern might be played on by the more ruthless


elements of the Eurosceptic side of the argument, saying, these people


are heading towards our shores and if you stay within the European


Union, this is what you will face. And we will have no power over our


borders. A quick look at the Sunday Times. Cyber thieves hack the


taxman. Sounds funny, but at the end of the day, the taxman has only got


the money we have paid in taxes, and it seems that the money is being


hacked when we are paying taxes online. Looks as though they have


discovered a case in their own newsroom, ironically, because the


Sunday Times executive had this happen to them. The thieves tried to


get a rebate against her self-assessment form. She put in a


claim and the taxman had written back to her, saying,


congratulations, you are due a rebate. Then they wrote back a few


days later, saying, actually, we made a mistake and you may have been


hacked. We know they can get into your bank accounts if you are


unlucky. Looks like they can even get into HMRC. They are getting more


and more sophisticated. The number of times I have received e-mails


purporting to be from particular organisations, I had one recently


from PayPal. And Skype as well. And then you think, hang on, I don't


have one of these accounts, so how can I be owed this money or have to


pay this bill? It is worrying, and is used to be where crime is going.


It is not being mugged on the street, but people sitting in their


bedrooms at home and coming up with cunning ideas to get their hands on


your money. Because the amounts of money are so much bigger. In this


case, they were trying to get about ?1800. And if you do it online, I


imagine there is less chance of getting caught and if you are


involved in street crime. Finally, the Sunday Telegraph has a rugby


pitch. Bright start to England's new dawn. We have a picture of England


captain Dylan Hartley celebrating a winning start after their 15-9


victory over Scotland. Terrible start for Scottish fans, but this is


the way English fans want it to be going. You are looking at me, and I


am going to look at you blankly. I did not look at the rugby. The rugby


picture does feature England's victory over Scotland. But really,


the big sportster is the triumph of Leicester City and how they are at


the top of the Premier League. I am so pleased you mentioned that. I


have tried not to, because Clive Myrie is a Manchester City fan and


he would be very upset. Vincent and Caroline will be back.


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