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

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With me are the Political Commentator, Vincent Moss,

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and the Political Editor at the Sunday Express,

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The Sunday Express leads on the announcement that

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a new "supergroup" will be unveiled this week,

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

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

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

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that's according to the Sunday Times.

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The Observer fears Government plans to restrict council homes

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

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

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Conservative Party Associations, "angered", it says,

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by David Cameron's instruction to Tory MPs to ignore

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The Help for Heroes charity is being investigated by the Charity

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Finally, The Independent on Sunday dedicates its front page

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

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of both the NHS and the Department of Health.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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because nobody understands the message from either group because of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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resurrected Margaret Thatcher, who we are told confidently by the

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

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

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indication of the huge battle, particularly for the support of

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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would support David Cameron is supposed to swing people behind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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seeking unfair dismissal. There have been allegations that there were

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

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

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

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people and takes its responsibilities to set high

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

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former SAS hero who made an inspirational speech, saying their

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

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

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must stress it is only an investigation. The Charity

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

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

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private details of traumatised soldiers' private psychiatric

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

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

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

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responsibility very seriously, and they set the highest standards to

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

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

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have said they did not have any details about the allegation

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

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

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investigation by the Charity commission and it was normal for big

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

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You are now seeing newspapers looking at charities across the

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

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

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

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supposed to beef up the powers for organisations looking into what

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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expensive. So the Observer is highlighting this report from the

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Local Government Association saying that almost 60,000 households would

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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debate about Europe and the referendum, because people will see

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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purporting to be from particular organisations, I had one recently

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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