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to defend their Davis Cup title. And we look forward to their women's

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football team, taking on the US team overnight.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are Miranda Green from the Financial Times and the Telegraph's

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The i leads with what it calls the "plea to Britain"

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by France and Germany for a vote to stay in the EU.

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And the Guardian says that Hollande's comments raised the

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prospect of the Calais refugee camp known as the Jungle moving to Kent.

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Staying with Europe, Donald Tusk's appeal to economic

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migrants not to travel to the EU makes the lead in the Express.

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Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond is planning

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an audacious takeover of his old bank's African arm, reports the FT.

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The Telegraph says that Chancellor George Osborne is set to abolish

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pension tax relief for higher earners in this month's budget.

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The Times reports that a cure for cancer is closer thanks to

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a ground-breaking new treatment developed by British scientists.

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That story too on the Daily Mail, it asks whether a cure for cancer could

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New sentencing guidelines on internet trolls could mean they

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are sentenced to five years in prison, says the New Day.

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A lot of stories, the EU dominating today after David Cameron meeting

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Francois Hollande. It gets interesting, doesn't it? It is about

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tactics and who says what and who you can believe. Absolutely, the

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question is whether it is useful to David Cameron, to have Francois

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Hollande weighing into the British debate. Warning the Brits not to

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vote for out. He is saying this is not a question of threatening the

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French are between our nations, but we should point out that various

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things will change, not least the arrangements to do with immigration,

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where immigrants through Europe are stopped at the French coast at the

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moment, hence the Jungle camp in Calais. It is interesting, because

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obviously they don't want Britain to leave the EU, partly because they

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have their own domestic problems. Some say that Francois Hollande

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would have said this anyway with or without David Cameron by his side.

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Perhaps, but David Cameron has been touring the countries of Europe

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trying to shore up support. In France, Marine Le Pen, the head of

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the Front National, which is far right, has said she has been taking

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inspiration from what has been happening in the UK, and in the

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presidential election in France she will be promising Frexit, after

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Brexit. An interesting response from those who want to leave the EU. It

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quotes Chris Grayling in the Guardian, doesn't it? Yes, who is

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obviously an outer. He describes the comments as desperate. He accused

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the Euro elite of teaming up with big business to pile pressure on

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British voters. This is clearly going to be a strategy. We already

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have project fear, which, as with the UK Unionists in the Scottish

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Referendum, were accused of project fear, scaremongering about the

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possible consequences of Scotland leaving the union. That is what the

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outers are now doing against the inners. The idea of the Euro elite

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is interesting, because it plays into that global, apparently,

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trend. Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage,

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all these men of the people, political figures, on very different

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sides of national political spectrum is, but all taking a stand

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apparently against the established political elite. That seems to be a

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zeitgeist among voters on both sides of the Atlantic, and clearly

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something Chris Grayling is trying to tap into. Then you have David

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Cameron fighting back against that by reminding everyone that David

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Icke is fought out. They say they want to make it a mainstream opinion

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for the status quo. Business continues to George Osborne,

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according to your paper. Osborne under fire over radical tax relief

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plan. That is coming soon, isn't it? That's right. The budget is

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March 17, and this is the traditional prebudget row, which is

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often about pensions, because it is such an enormous part of the

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expenditure. How we pay for our ageing population. This is

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interesting also. It looks like George Osborne has fallen out with

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Roz Altman, who was made pensions minister, even though she used to be

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a campaigner. She does not want George Osborne to make these radical

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changes that he seems to be thinking of making in the budget. That is

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quite interesting. The idea is that if you pay into a pension plan you

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get tax relief at source, so if you are a higher rate taxpayer and you

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get up to 45%, your tax comes back and that is invested and grows over

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the long-term. The idea is apparently to turn that around so

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you would pay tax on your income as you receive it in your working life,

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so the amount you would put into your pension pot would be lower, but

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then the money you would get back out of your pension pot would be

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tax-free when you retire. So effectively the idea is that it is

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just a switch, that you would pay tax earlier. For George Osborne,

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that is terribly convenient because he would get about

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10,000,000,000-a-year upfront, which is about the seventh of the deficit

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as it currently stands, which is worth having. You have to remember

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that these changes in pensions... Pensions very competent thing.

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Gordon Brown did a very famous tax raid on pensions when he first came

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into office as Chancellor. It was supposed to cost 5 billion a year,

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and Vote 2014 it was costing double that. Combined with increases in

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life expectancy and changing investment yields, the British

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salary pension system, which was the envy of the world, was almost

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completely destroyed. So, you tamper at your peril. And the incentives as

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well. If you are trying to deal with incentivising people to save, it is

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extremely sensitive. There is also the issue of the Conservative Party

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whacking their own voters. And a concern about people spending their

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pensions too quickly. If you are middle-class conservative voter in

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the south-east of England, had you provide to your retirement without

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George Osborne bashing you? You wouldn't do this in a budget just

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before a general election, I think it is fair to say focus on Adam

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Johnson here,. It is a slightly mischievous story, suggesting he

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will play with a team while he is in prison. The question today is about

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what Sunderland football team knew, or didn't know, and why they allowed

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him to carry on playing when they knew about his allegations. The

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question of course is that he said he would contest all the

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allegations, and the fact that he changed his plea on some of the

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minor charges on the eve of his trial, they say came as a complete

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shock to them. If that is true, then they were entitled to conclude he

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was innocent until proven guilty. The presidential candidate race

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hasn't featured as much as I expected. It has been quite

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fascinating, hasn't hit? Yet another extraordinary day in the American

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race to select the candidates for the presidential race. This

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afternoon, Mitt Romney, who failed to become president last time

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against Barack Obama, has launched an extraordinary attack on Donald

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Trump, saying his promises are worthless, that essentially a con

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artist. This is part of the operation that is being mounted by

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the Republican Party to save America from their own man. It is

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extraordinary to watch, because on one level you anticipate that an

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intervention will be made to stop Donald Trump, but attacking him

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doesn't seem to work. It is getting a bit late, isn't it? It is on the

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cusp. Imagine if Jeremy Corbyn was massively ahead in the up union

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polls, if the Labour establishment decided they had to stop him. This

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is the equivalent of wheeling Ed Miliband out. Mitt Romney was a big

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loser in 2012, and if he is the best the Republican Party has got to save

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itself from itself... You have done a bit of research, haven't you? It

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looks like it could step back into this campaign. He has been

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speculating in the mass media. On his website, it says that it is paid

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for by his campaign for president, which may be vestigial. It says he

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and his wife are praying for the future of the country. And it talks

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about a brokered convention to try to block him, as well. I was just

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going to say, it is extraordinary. The psychology of it. The Jeremy

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Corbyn comparison is quite a good one, because normally in a political

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race... I wonder how the Jeremy Corbyn feels about being compared to

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Donald Trump! There was a stop Jeremy Corbyn campaign, because

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people don't like the idea of a stitch up. Interestingly, the vote

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goes to the public on which is a real insight into American feeling

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right now. And the way they do it, the fact it goes on for months, and

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it is caucuses where people meet up and talk about it as well as

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primaries, where they vote. The US pundits are saying that a week on

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Tuesday, when Florida and Ohio vote, both of them are winner take

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all states, so all of Florida's delegates go to whoever wins that

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state. In the Democratic primary they split all the delegates

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proportionally, so if you win a state 55 -45, you get 55% of the

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delegates, not 100%. This has gone to lawyers in the past, hasn't it?

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It has gone to litigation, to the Supreme Court, in the year 2000.

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When we get to it, this is probably a fight against Hillary Clinton.

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Could Mitt Romney beat Hillary Clinton? He couldn't beat Barack

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Obama? We have months to talk about this. I think you have to be careful

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of cancer stories, haven't you? Sometimes take over egg it -- they.

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This seems to be a personalised treatment where you can take an

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injection and it will destroy every malignant cell in your body, even if

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you are the final stage of terminal cancer. This is from a repeatable

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institution. The doctor in charge says, I will be disappointed if we

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haven't treated a patient within two years. If this doesn't work I will

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probably hang up my hat and do something else. And we squeeze in

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the Daily Telegraph, because this is a story close to my heart. I am

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moving out into the sticks and a couple of months and I'm worried

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about broadband. I don't know what I'm going to do. Good luck with

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that. You might need a satellite. There is a place in

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Gloucestershire, which has miserly broadband speed. It would take five

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days to download a film. It is hilarious, isn't it. It would be

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funny, but it is a real problem. The state of broadband and connectivity

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across the UK has become a huge issue. There is an argument, a very

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strong one, for saying that actually broadband should be treated like any

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other essential utility, and part of the infrastructure, if you actually

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want the economy to structure -- function properly. Many more people

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work from home these days. If you can. There is broadband, but not as

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you have got used to it if you live in the city. There are variations in

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speed, et cetera. And strange dead spots. Didn't David Cameron say

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there would be fast broadband in every home in the country by 2020?

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Yes, that was part of the agenda. Brian Miller... The battle goes on.

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Unless they decide this is an essential service, like the

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utilities, it is not going to happen. It will be expensive to

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cable the entire British Isles. Everyone needs to gang up in a

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village and get it installed. Thank you for joining us. Sportsday is

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next. Hello and welcome to Sportsday,

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I'm Sarah Walton. Three medals for Great

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Britain on day two of the

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