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affecting the Six Nations matches this weekend and we will hear from

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the Formula 1 world champion on the eve of the News -- new season.

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That's all in Sportsday. Hello and welcome to

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our look ahead to what the papers With me are

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the political correspondent for the Evening Standard, Pippa Crerar,

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and the broadcaster John Stapleton. The Daily Mail's main story is

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the Prime Minister's personal attack on Boris Johnson in the Commons

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over the EU referendum. Eton rivals is the headline

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on the front of the Metro, another reference to today's

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acrimonious Commons debate involving The two politicians are also

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pictured on the front The Express quotes

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a pollster who believes the Mayor of London's position

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on Europe could be a deciding factor in June's referendum,

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while the Financial Times focuses on the tumbling pound amid concerns

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about a possible Brexit. The pound hitting

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a seven-year low is also featured the Times carries a warning

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from business leaders that a Brexit And the Sun's headline is

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"Halal-bert Square", a reference to the BBC's decision to build

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a mosque on the new EastEnders set. We are going to start with the

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Telegraph and the Guardian's front pages. We will bring them up for our

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viewers. The one on the right, here it is, eventually it will come. The

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Guardian, very theirs. Left of centre it might argue. The PM

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attacks Johnson. Cameron lets rip at Boris. This has, I suppose,

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completely dominated the agenda today in terms of the debate over

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Europe. Is it going to dominate the agenda for the next four months, do

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you think, these two huge personalities? Many on both

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campaigns will be hoping not because obviously the focus on the

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personalities tends to distract from the focus on the policies and what

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people want to hear is actually what the PM's proposals and renegotiated

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deal with Europe might actually mean for them. And it is just days since

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David Cameron called for an orderly EU debate. And while we are all

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aware that the truce was quite fragile, I don't think anybody

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really expected the scale of the vitriol which emerged today during

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the Commons statement. It was pure political theatre and I have not

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seen anything like it, that sort of blue on blue action. Some people

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have compared it to Margaret Thatcher, the last example of two

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Tory big beasts going at it like this. David Cameron was obviously

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furious that after months of leaving him up the garden path Boris Johnson

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came out for Brexit yesterday and he feels he has been betrayed after

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Boris said not just to him but to friends, Tory MPs and journalists,

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inferred that he would continue to stay in, to fight for staying in,

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despite the fact that he had some reservations about the EU. it is not

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often you hear someone as senior as Boris Johnson shouting rubbish.

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Cameron, as you say, is clearly rattled by Boris, and the extent of

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his loathing, I'm not sure... There was a lovely cartoon on the

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Telegraph showing the driver of the Prime Minister saying to Mr Cameron,

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Prime Minister, do you want me to knock down all cyclists or just

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Boris? Making light of what was a fairly dramatic afternoon. No doubt

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about it whatsoever. Cameron, for example, dismissed as for the birds

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the suggestion for Boris Johnson that there could be a second

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referendum to get a better deal from Brussels. Ireland got one but it

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isn't on the agenda this time. He made references to one particularly

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strong quote saying I don't know many couples who begin divorce

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proceedings in order to renew their wedding vows, which is obviously

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pointed at Boris Johnson, who has had a fairly... The killer quote for

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me was when he said I am not standing for re-election, you are

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after my job, that is why you are doing this, was the implication. And

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many people... It will certainly be up to Boris Johnson to prove to the

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public that he isn't in this for Boris Johnson and fulfilling his own

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political ambitions. That he actually has Britain's test interest

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at heart. The Daily Mail says now Cameron turns nasty. There were

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elements of that trait in his personality where he can be pretty

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vicious. He is usually preserving that for those across the aisle, not

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for those on his own backbenchers behind him. You will remember the

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Daily Mail has been for leaving the EU right from the start. Their

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campaign has been solid on that front as is their right. That

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headline promises... Fits that agenda very well indeed. I think it

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is Alan Johnston reminds us of a quote from Churchill when someone

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suggested that he should attack the enemy, he said the enemy is not

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opposite. And that some extent the case this afternoon because half the

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Tory MPs are actually now backing to leave the EU. But it was nasty,

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there is no doubt about it. The other thing that struck me about it

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is, I am not making a political point here but I thought Cameron's

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performance today in the Commons was, these personal asides are

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part, was very impressive, as I thought his performance on Friday

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night when he made the announcement after all those many hours of

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negotiation was also very impressive, but not for nothing was

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the boss of corporate affairs at a big television Station in London.

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Clearly be in campaign has David Cameron leading it. Boris Johnson

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has made it clear over the weekend that he was not going to be taking

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part in debates and getting on television and discussing all of

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this. Who is going to lead the out campaign? Boris will be the de facto

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leader. He finds it impossible not to say something. In his day job as

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Mayor of London he comes in contact with the press several times a day.

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He is always on the radio or the television, he finds it impossible

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to keep his mouth shut. And we should congratulate ourselves, David

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Cameron must say, it is Tuesday and Boris Johnson has not put his foot

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in it. You will grab a headline. And he will love the fact he is on the

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front page. It is important, it boosts his ego, he undoubtedly has

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his eye on Number 10 and what comes after David Cameron, eyeing up his

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rival George Osborne and I think you asked initially about whether these

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attacks will continue, I think you might find different parties being

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involved at it wouldn't surprise me at the next one we see this George

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Osborne versus Boris Johnson, as that very personal battle for the

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Tory leadership takes on a new complexion through the EU referendum

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debate. Let's go to the Daily Express. Boris boosts fight to quit

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EU. Says expert pollster. Does this ring true to your? You look at that

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headline, and we only have the front page, we haven't got the inside page

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but on the evidence of this front page, we haven't got the inside page

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but on the evidence of this front-page pole where they say 99%

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of the Daily Express readers on the phone polls say they want out.

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Telephone poles are not necessarily the most reliable of polls, but do

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you believe any polls at all these days? But I am sure that they are

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right in thinking that Boris will have some impact on people's

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thinking, no doubt about that. A hugely influential figure. We have

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been talking about him for the last five minutes and all the papers are

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covering his shenanigans with David Cameron in the Commons today. By all

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accounts Number 10 are worried he could put four percentage points on

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the leave campaign. And when it is as close as it is at the moment, if

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you believe the polls, that is an important caveat, at the remain

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campaign seems to be slightly ahead. But not much, and those four points

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could really make a difference. Four whole months to go. Untucked your

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shirt by the way. The Sterling tumbles as Cameron takes on Johnson.

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We haven't really talked about any of the nitty-gritty about what it

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might mean for Britain being in or out. We have talked about the

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personalities. But the suggestion is that uncertainty over whether or not

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we are going to stay or leave has affected Sterling prices. The

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biggest drop in seven years. And Moody 's warning that it could

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damage written's credit rating and that could be more expensive for

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government borrowing, the Fitch backing those assertions as well.

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Commodity prices have increased, oil prices have increased as well but a

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big impact on sterling which is good news for exporters, good news for

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Britain in the sense that people coming here will be more attracted

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to come here. A major impact. And then you have the Times talking

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about Brexit putting jobs at risk. The prediction was that 50% of the

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FTSE top 100 bosses will be saying let's stay in. It turns out that it

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is about 200 business leaders employing 1.2 million people, 36

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companies in all. They are big names, names like Marks Spencer

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's, Vodafone, ASDA. And the chief executives of Gatwick have also

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signed up. Their names are on it. And David Cameron did say in the

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Commons that Number 10 was behind it. One of his civil servants had

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drafted the letter. As The Times have pointed out, critics are likely

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to focus on the dignitaries who have given cash or a Tory donors, who are

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David Cameron's friends, and apparently 25 of the signatures have

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accepted government roles while he has been in Downing Street. And

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while you listed several big names, ASDA, Vodafone and so on,

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conspicuous by their absence will be other big British names such as

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Tesco, Sainsbury is, Barclays, and it is not to say they are for

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leaving, but they have not joined the State campaign. And big

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employers in the north-east say that it doesn't matter. The uncertainty

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bothers most of them. And the smaller companies are not so

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enthusiastic about Europe because of the regulations imposed upon them by

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the redtape. Although Cameron has said they are going to try to hit

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new targets to reduce red tape but that is obviously yet to be

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achieved. We are actually going to move away from the EU referendum. We

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are going to go to the inside page of the Sun. NHS offer ?3000 to buy a

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birth care. Mothers to be going to be handed ?3000 to buy the services

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of private midwives. This is plans to cut the number of hospital

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births. The NHS's midwifery in particular has had a bad run of it

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and the Care Quality commission has found that women are failed by many

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maternity units and 7% of NHS services are inadequate. That

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doesn't sound great. I should declare an interest in that I have

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had three children on the NHS, all of whom were warned at home which is

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apparently what women will be able to do with these vouchers. It is

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cheaper apparently to give birth at home than it is in hospital. And it

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is essentially what it would cost if they had it elsewhere, I assume. But

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there will be a lot of concern about what is privatisation by stealth of

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midwifery services, some would say. While choice can be a good thing,

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how many pregnant women are actually going to want to shop around for

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care? Surely most of them, and I'm sure I was like this, we'll just

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want to know they are going to get good, safe care whether it at home

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or in their local maternity unit. And some poorer families might try

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and get this done on the cheap, as it were. Or people might feel under

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pressure. Yes, to get a cheaper service. Personal midwifery, home

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delivery, acupuncture, apparently these choices for some people. Are

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completely out of it, Hypno birthing? It is about staying calm,

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breathing deeply, we will do that later. Later on. Let's go to the

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Times, page four. Their apparently is a fashion for wood-burning

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stoves. I didn't realise this. I think this may be a rather

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metropolitan story, but we will finish with this. We are on the BBC!

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It is an interesting story, actually. It is saying that

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wood-burning stoves are actually causing about a 10th of all air

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pollution in London. And air pollution, this is the most

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staggering fact of all of these stories as far as, at least

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partially responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people every year year.

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People with other conditions, I assume, obesity, dementia, asthma,

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and conditions like that which are exacerbated by this. But it is

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interesting also because wood-burning was introduced

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initially as hopefully an attempt to actually reduce CO2 emissions but it

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seems to be putting at risk the very thing it was trying to solve,

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according to this report. And transport pollution remains...

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Exhaust fumes remained the worst contributor to air pollution across

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the board but it does mention that within the homes things like stoves

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and... Not just wood-burning stoves, but gas cookers, air freshener is

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committing dangerous particles, it suggests that opening your window

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once a day will help to blow away the dangerous chemicals that held

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up. If you are Scottish and Hardy like me, the windows are open all

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night. Doesn't matter if it is freezing, you need fresh air. Put on

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an extra jumper if you are cold. Coming up next,

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it is time for Sportsday. Hello, and welcome to Sportsday,

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with me, Ore Oduba. Coming up tonight: No FA Cup upset

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at New Meadow as Manchester United see off Shrewsbury Town to reach

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the quarter-finals. Injury woe for Ireland,

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who are dealt a triple blow ahead

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