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Hello and welcome to our Sunday morning edition of the Papers.

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With me are journalist and broadcaster Benedicte Paviot,

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and Dave Wooding, Political Editor of the Sun on Sunday.

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The Mail headlines with new allegations

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about Culture Secretary John Whittingdale's private life.

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It claims he sent a photo of highly sensitive Cabinet papers to a woman

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A crisis is looming in primary school places in England,

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with a shortfall of 10,000 places expected in four years' time.

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The Sunday Express dedicates a full page to the photograph of the Duke

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and Dutchess of Cambridge visiting the Taj Mahal and replicating

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The Sunday Telegraph quotes a senior Government minister saying Britain

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could face an economic shock similar to the banking crisis if it

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And The Sunday Times writes that the former cricketer

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Sir Ian Botham has backed Britain leaving the European Union and said

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Britain should 'stand proud' as he did as a cricketer.

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First of all, the Telegraph. Economic rupture if we leave the EU,

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says a Government minister. It would be similar to the banking crash.

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What do you make the? It sounds painful, doesn't it? Rupture. This

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is Project Fear taking off. The Government are laying down stark

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scenarios of what will happen if Britain votes on the 23rd of June to

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leave the European Union. The latest is from Stephen Crabb, newly

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promoted to the work and pensions brief. After Iain Duncan Smith left.

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He has said that the shock waves caused by RX it would be akin to the

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banking crisis of 2008. He talks about self harm by voters. -- caused

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by our exit. He is talking about the economic and social consequences of

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wanting to leave will stop already, the people who want to leave the

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European Union know what he is going to say, just like the 16 page

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brochure that is going round all the houses at a cost of ?9 million. They

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are saying that all people want is objective information. It doesn't

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exist. I don't think anybody is going to get it.

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We can think that there is not going to be some kind of ink pact in some

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kind of shock if we come. Yes, and there's no way that that couldn't

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have an impact. It will have an impact. An economic one, and all

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kinds of things that we don't begin to know. That is one of the

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criticism that is levelled at the Brexit camp - they are not making

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clear enough what Britain down the track could look like if it was out

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of the EU. What is interesting, as you say, this word self harm. He

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talks about, businesses will flee, factories will close, jobs will be

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lost with disastrous consequences for families. As you pointed out,

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David, this landmark report expected from the Treasury tomorrow. The

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Telegraph also points out that pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers think

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this is scaremongering. I will be reporting later on this week on

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President Obama's visit. We believe he is going to suggest that it is

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better for the UK to remain, and how that will play out, that Britain

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would be stronger in the EU. Will that backfire? Lets just move on to

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the Sunday Times because of what you just raised. Ian Botham swings back

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for Brexit. Bummer saying one thing, Botham saying another - -- Balmer --

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President Obama saying one thing and Ian Botham saying another. People,

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to take one side or the other. In the Sunday Times, we have had the

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fear in the Sunday Telegraph, and in The Times we have Ian Botham

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swinging bat for Brexit. A great analogy. Inside, it has a graphic of

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him swinging a bat and a blue ball with the European Union flag and

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stars on it. He is saying it is a racket and that Britain is being

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swallowed up by it. It is full of waste and corruption. He has really

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had a go at the European Union. Again, both camps will be bringing

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people to win support. Argue surprised that they lead with it? He

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has opinions on politics, and that is great, but is it a lead story?

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Although the official campaign launched on Friday, we feel we have

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been in this campaign for ages. I am fascinated. I know the opinion polls

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got it wrong at the last election, but I would be fascinated we could

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put some figures on how many people Ian Botham can swing. I'm not sure.

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And I certainly wouldn't put him in the same camp as President Obama. If

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anything, we know that the Chinese president, when he was here, the

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Indian Prime Minister, they've all been coming out. The French

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Government as well. Matt Horne is giving an interview on the BBC as

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well. I wonder how many votes he will swing? I'm not sure. What is

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sure, and what the Sunday Times is pointing out, is that this is

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certainly a blow, this endorsement from Ian Botham, for number ten.

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They were looking for support from arson Wenger as well. -- Arsene. We

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in Liverpool wants to remain in Europe, having beaten the riskier

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Dortmund -- Borussia Dortmund. A 10,000 gap in primary school

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places. It is not just a funding crisis, there are more of us. And we

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need more primary school places. It is being blamed partly on funding

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and partly on policies that have made it difficult for schools to

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expand. It doesn't say it in the Observer piece, but I guess partly

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immigration from Europe. And the fact that they are becoming

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academies and it is constraining them, isn't it? The suggestion is

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that by 2024 we will need 350,000 more school places on top of the

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300,000 more that we already need. The Conservatives, Nick Gibb, the

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schools minister, is saying that free schools that have been brought

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online by the Government will cover a lot of that. The Shadow Education

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Secretary is saying, kids are not getting their first Playschool. One

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in five will not get their first place. Over 90% get one of their

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first three choices will stop if my child got the third choice, I don't

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think I'd be happy. -- over 90% get one of their first three choices.

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Something I've become aware of the last two years, it's simply not that

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way in France. It is a phenomenon. We know that parents sometimes lie

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about their address and then schools have investigators going round to

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check where they live. It is not just in one place in the country.

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They are talking about this detail revealing short play -- shortfall in

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places in Bolton, Manchester, Leeds, Bolton, Leicester, Birmingham,

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Walsall, Richmond-upon-Thames, Sutton and Slough. So there will be

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a lot of worried parents there this morning.

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I thought it would be a great vote winner for any party to say, we

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promise that within a few years anybody will be able to walk their

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job to school without getting in a car, on a bus, because we will have

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schools that you can go to that are near you and are good. And that's

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what the free school system was supposed to provide. They changed

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the rules on where a school could be set up. It could be set up in an old

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pub or a disused cafe and so forth. It remains to see how well this

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goes, but it has been going for six years and we are already being told

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that there is a 10,000 gap in the number of places. There is another

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aspect. Let's look at the Sunday Times. Stress lessons for parents.

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Yes, tell me about it! This is the other side of it, that parents,

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particularly in private schools, are putting such a lot of pressure on

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their kids to do well, partly, I suspect, because those who are

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paying for private schools are paying through the nose. And they

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expect results. And that expectation is being passed on to their

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children. They are already giving pupils of all ages lessons in how to

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stay calm. This has now been taken on to the parents, because they are

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coming into school and, particularly the pushy parents. They put more

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pressure on kids these days to get a good grade before they take them on

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at university. The attainment level has really raised quite a bit. It is

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interesting, because the Sunday Times get our attention by saying,

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stress lessons for pushy parents. One the inside page, page eight, we

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are told to breathe, breathe deeply, whether you are a student or a

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parent, to cut the stress. It is said these are not pushy parents but

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once you are made angry by the higher exam grades demanded by

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universities, as you were saying, David. Stress during the child's

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early life because you are not sure you can get him or her into a good

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local school and can't walk them to school, then you're worried all the

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way greater university. Then you get to university and you worry about

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paying for it, and then getting the job. Natasha Dean, the Government's

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health champion, mental health champion, and she says that there is

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not enough focus these days on art, music drama and sport. Kids are

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being put into academic hot houses. They are concentrating the three

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letter are -- on the three Rs. Also, there are so many tests now. I talk

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to teenagers who say, I used to read books off the curriculum, and then

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as you progress you don't have the time. So, you don't have time to

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smell the roses, play sport, make music. I would put in an additional

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thing - I bet you they've got lots of screen time for all sorts of

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other things, so let's not feel too sorry. The consequences, to come

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back to the mental health issue, are really quite worrying and your right

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to draw attention to them, David. The paper talks about growing

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concerns about a surge in cases of self harm, depression, anxiety and

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eating disorders. These are really... It might seem trivial

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about pushy parents are not pushy parent and stressed out students,

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but these are serious things, self harm, depression, eating disorders.

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I have a couple of favourite stories, and one of them is, from

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the Observer, incredible find - palatial Roman villa found in barn

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conversion. He was changing electrical cables and phoned one of

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the best preserved Roman villas in Britain ever. Which is amazing. It

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was 1705A.D, 25 rooms, he's found the whole ground floor. An

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incredible thing to find us. He was fixing the shower and was getting

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some electricity laid on in advance, and while they were digging up some

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of the ground, a little flash of colour and then they found this

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brilliantly preserved Roman mosaic floor. The pictures are there to be

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seen on the page. Luckily, they realised when they were doing it.

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They might have kept on digging, but they didn't. They realised

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straightaway. Look-mac realised what was going on and told them to stop

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and contacted Historic England. My question was, what happens? Will

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that be turned into a tourist centre? Who owns the land? Nokia 's

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cottage down. Who knows? There's no doubt that one of the pictures of

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the weekend as the Royal picture. It Excise is the ghost of 24 years ago

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with Diana. A really charming picture, the Sunday Telegraph has it

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on the front page. This is a story that people are warned to, whatever

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their views about the Royal family. There is something, Prince William

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and Prince Harry, being the sons of the late Princess Diana. When you

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think back, I reported on it for the BBC and I was working the morning

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that she died. On the Saturday, we had her funeral, and the Queen

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Mother said, that's my funeral. There is such, I think happiness in

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that sense that Prince William is forging his own life, and it is

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terribly moving to see him sitting on the bench in the very spot at

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which his mother sat, with his wife, and clearly a loving relationship.

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We are told by the Sunday Telegraph that body language experts have gone

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through this, and they say that they oppose, with knees touching,

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emphasises that their marriage is full of love. I think we knew that.

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Not only are the legs touching, but I was studying the pictures a moment

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ago and I noticed that Prince William's right foot is actually on

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the same spot where his mother's two feet were 24 years ago. Part of it

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is that they came to celebrate their love, but at the same time to excise

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the ghost of all those years ago. Another favourite story of mine

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comes from Dave Wooding, body language expert. We will maybe get a

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football if we have time. In the sun, Jeremy Corbyn in mac attack.

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Labour ban McDonald's. Congratulations, this is quite a

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good story, Dave. At every party conference, they have a big

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exhibition and lots of companies pay money to put up stands. Labour's

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National executive committee have banned by Donald from having a stand

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there this year. It means Labour will lose ?30,000 will stop I've

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spoken to one MP who says it's ridiculous, we need the money. There

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is a big funding problem for Labour at the moment, the big-money donors

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have pulled out. At the same time they think it is a bit snobbish

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because they are traditional voters probably eaten McDonald's. But you

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also find out, David Wooding, on the back pages of the sun, that

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McDonald's has already been cleared, I like the word cleared, is this a

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security check? Cleared to mount an interactive experience, whatever

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that is, in support of British farm Rogers at the Tory and SNP

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conferences. Tell us more. I'm told it's one of these computer gadgets

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you put on and you step into a happy meal box and walk around. At the

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same time, McDonald's, this is what the MPs have been saying, they

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employ 100,000 people, British people. They use British farming

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produce, potatoes and meat. They are a British business and it is

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anti-business to say you can't come. Ed Miliband's battle with a bacon

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sandwich, after that you would think... We have one minute left.

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Another Dave Wooding. This is why I said you were a Leicester City fan.

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Partly to annoy you, because Yuri Liverpool fan. A rise, so cloudy.

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Ranieri for a knighthood. There are some MPs who said that if they win,

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and it is a 5000-1 shot, he should be given a knighthood. Another

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foreigner in British football. By the way, the McDonald's does the

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same thing, sourcing from French farmers. I think since they had such

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bad publicity, they have cleverly adapted their menus and try to

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source things from several countries will stop we will watch McDonald's

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and Ranieri. Thanks to Dave Wooding

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and Benedicte Paviot. Just a reminder we take a look

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at tomorrow's front pages every

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