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

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in the morning. Joining me is the political correspondent at the

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Evening Standard and the broadcaster John Stapleton. Welcome. A look at

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those front pages first. The FT is saying that the new Work and

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Pensions Secretary, Stephen Crabb, stunned Parliament by suggesting the

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government's welfare crackdown was at an end. The ice is the welfare

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U-turn has fostered the Budget and that Mr Osborne's plans lie in

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ruins. -- The i says. The teenager jailed for the

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manslaughter of PC David Phillips yelled "Watch this" before he ran

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over the police officer. The paper says the jurors were not told that

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beforehand. That story also leads in the Daily Mirror. It says the young

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daughter of the police officer begged her mother to bring him home.

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And how she dreams that her husband is still life is in the New Day. The

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cost of investigating child abuse has gone above ?1 billion a year,

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according to the Times. The mail calls the end of operation midland

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without any prosecutions a humiliation for Scotland Yard. We

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will cover most of those in the next 15 minutes. Let's start with the FT.

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The coverage of Tories, and welfare cuts, and what they are describing

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as turmoil. It is astonishing, really. When you think back a week

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ago to the eve of the Budget, and the one thing George Osborne had to

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do was to deliver a safe Budget, non-confrontational, keep his

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backbenchers happy, given there is so much banks than division going on

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over the referendum, anyway. But that hasn't happened. The last few

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days gives you prove it hasn't happened. And what was branded a

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Budget shambles last time with the tax credits cuts. With the tax

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credits U-turn after it was defeated in the House of Lords. That's almost

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pales into insignificance with the resignation of the Work and Pensions

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Secretary. Touring and for between the government, between Cameron and

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George Osborne, IDS on the other, and it all blowing up today with the

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Conservatives this afternoon in the House of Commons. -- toing and

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froing. The FT reports that there is unlikely to be any other welfare

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cuts other than those announced. But are there? To make ends meet, to

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make sure the figures stack up. I came away from this puzzled. He

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created a clear impression there would be no more welfare cuts within

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this Parliament. But within a short time I was hearing his department

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saying, hang on, he is saying there are no plans for welfare cuts, which

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is a different thing. There are no plans at the moment. There could be

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some in 18 months. They want to keep their options open. It could be a

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further shambles. The government will not be coming forward with any

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further... Exactly, and some have already been announced, which due to

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the implement it. The big problem this creates is George Osborne had

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banked on welfare cuts providing ?4.4 billion worth of savings.

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Already having missed one or two of his three fiscal rules, he is now

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desperate to meet the last one for the economy to be in surplus. How do

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you fill the shortfall? Where is it going to hit? Councils, policing?

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Are they going to come forward with more welfare cuts? The Budget is

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huge for welfare. Will the government finally decide they will

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have to that have other aspects of the welfare system? One of the

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criticisms from Iain Duncan Smith over the weekend was they seemed

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prepared to cut from the most needy in society, the disabled, but not

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looking at the perks for those who can afford it. A good quote from the

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new Work and Pensions Secretary, behind every statistic there is a

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human being, and perhaps sometimes in government we forgot that. It is

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a bit late. I was in the House of Commons and that was met by a feud

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guffaws on the opposite benches. Exactly. -- few. George Osborne and

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Iain Duncan Smith were nowhere to be seen.

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Take us to the Telegraph, John. They are sticking with the same topic.

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But interestingly the Mayor of London has had something to say.

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Yes, Boris Johnson, she spends a lot of time following him.

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Professionally speaking. Guess, not a super fan, professionally. He

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branded the welfare cuts a mistake. -- yes. While we only hearing this

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now from Boris? Why didn't the signal his disquiet about this? As

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one could say about Iain Duncan Smith. He supported this proposal,

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apparently, didn't say anything when the government hinted at the back

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end of last week they would be withdrawing it. Then suddenly, at

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the very end of the week, says sorry, I have had enough, I am

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going. Why didn't any of them come out and say they were against it?

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Tiny, positioning. It is also about personalities. The Daily Mail

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pointed that out today. And a few hours after, I interviewed Boris

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Johnson, and the topic didn't come up. We are talking about housing,

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business rates, and the ship attacks. He didn't mention it. And

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there are rumours that he has been away this weekend. -- sugar tax.

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Being away has never stopped Boris Johnson. I think it is fair to say

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that Boris's decision to weigh in now will depend on how low George

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Osborne's stock goes. I am referring to your reference of personality in

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politics. This is about the context now for the leadership of the

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Conservative Party. In some quarters there is a feeling that irrespective

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of the outcome of the referendum David Cameron will face a leadership

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battle. As a keen observer, would you reckon George Osborne's chances

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of the leadership are dead and buried? I wouldn't say dead and

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buried. Boris Johnson and George Osborne have gone up and down.

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Certainly in the past George Osborne has hit problems with previous

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budgets but managed to rebuild. Yes. And he had a repeat a shot being a

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lucky Chancellor, who found ?27 billion down the back of a House of

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Commons sofa. He is a formidable political operative. The big problem

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for him in all of this is it confirms the stereotype, that he

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lacks heart, and it is all about the political manoeuvring. Boris will be

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looking to capitalise on this. If nothing else, and he is the most

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popular politician in the country because he is full of charisma and

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cheer, the public like that about him, it is a stark contrast. What

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Boris before now was lacking was a natural constituency on the

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backbenches, which he would need to succeed in order to win a leadership

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context, or even get down to the final two. His Brexit position

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helped that. Suddenly he had the support of half of the backbenches.

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This will support him further. The gap between him and George Osborne

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has always been exemplified in the Treasury's mind and the supporters

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of it as Boris being the buff who knew run anything, and Osborne was

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always the dependable one. -- Boris being the buffoon. John, take us to

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the New Day. When I dream I sleep my husband is alive and we are

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together. This is the wife of the murdered police officer. So brutally

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murdered by Clayton Williams, a 20-year-old, lout, frankly, a drug

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addict. And it was manslaughter in the end. Not guilty of murder. He

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stole a car. He ran over PC David Phillips who was trying to stop him.

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A victim's statement, which I heard courtesy of the BBC News at

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lunchtime, was devastated, actually. She talked about the fact that she

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dreams at night, she wakes up, thinks he is beside her, and he

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isn't there. Her seven-year-old now has nightmares. This lout has

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devastated their lives. She is a very brave lady. She gave interviews

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after the court case. Very composed and considered. The poor woman and

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her entire family, having their lives turned upside down by this

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idiot. It is devastating. Several other newspapers focusing on it, as

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well. Before we look at some of the other stories, let me remind those

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of you just joining us of those front pages we have been talking

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about. The FT talking about the Tories' end to welfare cuts in a bid

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to end turmoil. The i Is featuring the welfare U-turn. Boris Johnson's

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remarks on the subject on the Daily Telegraph. And you will see the

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Metro's take on PC David Phillips and what his widow has said. The

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Daily Mirror with that story, as well. Then you can see the New Day

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that John was alluding to. And the times with the police investigation

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to alleged BIP paedophile activities and the Daily Mail focusing on that,

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as well. We will stay with that. The Daily Mail is, as you saw,

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fleetingly making no secret of where it stands on that story. Yes. Not

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impressed with Scotland Yard, to say the least, and the fact that the IP

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paedophile murder enquiry, operation Midlands, took 16 months, cost ?1

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million and did not result in a single conviction. -- VIP paedophile

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murder. They described it as a shambles. It says it is an

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embarrassment for the force. That it should be apologising for the lives

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it has ruined, the reputations it has shattered. Strong words. The sun

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newspaper has also got a comment, can he stay, the Met commissioner,

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can he stay in charge when their only surviving member of the now,

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and let it -- alleged survivor of the paedophile ring should stepped

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down. There will be a lot of questions. People will say of course

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in this situation the police didn't reach the situation they should have

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done. But what happens when somebody does turn out to have done

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something? A number of problems for the Metropolitan. Early on in the

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enquiry a very senior officer said there had been references to the

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boy, boy at the time, making the allegations. They said it was

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credible. Now we have found other isn't even sufficient evidence to

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that the case forward. Secondly, not the way they did, but in

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circumstance -- secondly, not what they did, but the way they did it in

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certain circumstances. Particularly with those who were named as

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culprits. I don't go along with the notion that just because an enquiry

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to result in a prosecution that the boss should resign. They have no

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option. If somebody makes a complaint of this nature, a serious

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allegation, they have no option but to investigate. The Times has an

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interesting line saying the police are spending ?1 billion per year on

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child sex abuse cases. I was talking not that long ago to a senior police

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officer who was telling me about this. He said we have to investigate

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this. It is our duty. They are terribly, terribly time-consuming,

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and the more of these cases we do the more people come forward. Which

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is a good thing. We cannot knock the fact people will come forward

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because of it. But it is time consuming. And because of the

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historical nature, they will not result in a prosecution, which begs

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the question, should we have a statute of limitation? One more, it

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will have to be fleeting, Novak Djokovic, sexist prize money plan is

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what The i are calling it. The ball is in your court. Martina

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Navratilova has suggested that women could boycott tournaments over

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parity of prize money and have a tennis players, men or women, are

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viewed by the organisers. I don't dig it is a bad idea. There have

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been many high profile tennis players from Martina Navratilova,

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over the years, to the Williams sisters, to many others, and I think

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they should stick it to them. -- I don't think it is a bad idea. Stick

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if you tennis balls at them. CHUCKLES

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Thank you both very much indeed. Before we go, let me just remind you

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of some of the front pages. The Guardian saying David Cameron was

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forced to concede that the ?4 billion black hole created by

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scrapping disability cuts would not be filled by reducing spending. The

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Independent is calling George Osborne the missing Chancellor after

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he didn't attend the Budget debate in the House of Commons today. PM

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Harvey Proctor has called for the head of the Metropolitan Police to

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stand down. Do not forget, after this show you can see all of the

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front pages online on the BBC website, and you can read a detailed

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review of the papers on there seven days a week. And you can see each

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edition of The Papers every day straight after we have finished.

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It has been settled across much of the UK recently with little rain.

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Another couple of essentially dry days over the next two days. Then it

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turns wet and windy from Thursday. Overnight it

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