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09/07/2016

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Wimbledon, she claims her 22nd grand slam title.

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Hello, welcome to our look at what is ahead in the papers. With me in

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the studio, political commentator Joe Phillips, and Nigel Nelson,

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political editor of the Sunday Mirror. Welcome to you both. What we

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have so far, the Observer, Labour plunged into their greatest crisis

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for generation, is a leadership bid is launched against Jeremy Corbyn.

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The Telegraph, senior allies of Teresa May have gone to war on

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Andrea Leadsom. The Sunday Times, same story, saying 20 MPs would quit

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the party if Andrea Leadsom wins the leadership race. The Sunday express

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covers the same comment saying that mothers have rounded on her and

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accused her of weapon arising parenthood in a fight to become

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Prime Minister. Mail on Sunday, Cliff Richard launches a ?1 million

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legal action against the BBC after the broadcast of a police raid on

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his home. The Sunday Mirror, the splash on the news that the former

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Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott believes Tony Blair illegally took

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the country into the Iraq war. We will come to that in a moment but we

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kick off with the Telegraph. It has got the story about Andrea Leadsom

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and the whole row about what she said or did not say to the Times

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newspaper. What do you make of it all? That she is rather stupid. Tell

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us what you really think! Incredibly naive. Most people have now seen the

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transcript of her interview with a respect political journalist. Andrea

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Leadsom, saying in the interview, I don't want to make this sound nasty

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or unkind, which is the classic mistake, you say, with every

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respect, but... But if she did not want to be so, she did not need to

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say it. She made the classic mistake of them giving the story legs by

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making this rather ridiculous blaming of the messenger. If this

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woman seriously wants to become Prime Minister she needs to get a

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grip and some common sense about dealing with the press. Will it

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affect her chances? It will. I actually like her and think she is

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rather good for a Brexit supporter, a worthy challenger to Teresa May,

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but I agree with every word, that she has been absolutely stupid. Does

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it show inexperience? It does. Any experienced politician would have

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been on their guard for questions like that and dealt with it. And as

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a result she makes the mistake of not simply saying, I'm sorry if I

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caused any offence, instead she claimed not to say it, we all know

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that she did. Now the Sunday Telegraph have produced a litany of

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Tory woman saying there are against her. And Alan Duncan and Philip

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Hammond. Who broke off a conference today to actually have a go at her.

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We go now to your story in the Sunday Mirror. Extraordinary, John

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Prescott, former Deputy Prime Minister, now saying the Iraq war

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was illegal, in the week of the Chilcott report. The reason he is

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doing so is because of the Chilcott report. He does a regular column for

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the Sunday Mirror and has chosen to go down memory lane, he was Deputy

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Prime Minister at the time. He says that he now thinks the war was

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illegal. At the time, and the column is fascinating, it goes into what

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was happening in Cabinet. His main complaint was that he was not

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getting the paperwork, nor were the Cabinet ministers. So the infamous

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legal judgment from the to any general at the time, John Prescott

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says that no paperwork came with it. He just walked in, gave a verbal

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presentation, that was it. Did he say what he did not ask at the time?

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He said he does. He said he asked the Cabinet Secretary, ask Tony

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Blair, even sent in to America to try to allay his fears, and of

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course, he apologises for having voted for it. Speaking of the Labour

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Party, of course there is a Tory leadership contest, and it looks

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like there will be a Labour Party contest, Angela Eagle will announce

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on Monday, what do you make of it? You could not make it up. The last

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couple of weeks have been astonishing for anybody following

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British politics. Labour is absolutely in the midst of the most

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unpleasant civil war. What seems to have happened is that Angela Eagle,

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who has been threatening, walking around with a wet dishcloth,

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threatening to stand against Jeremy Corbyn, and now apparently going to

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do so on Monday. But what is a slightly more interesting twist is

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the unions, the main unions, who fund Labour, Len McCluskey, of Unite

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union, turning bitterly and the deputy leader, Tom Watson. And you

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saw the clips and the news, Jeremy saying, I am not under threat,

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everything is fine. But it does look chaotic to me. Most of us are old

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enough to remember the SDP. Could we be looking at a new party? Or the

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Labour Party collapsing into Mac? We are certainly looking at a

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realignment. Because I cannot see how the Labour Party, in Parliament,

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when the majority of its MPs do not support the leader, how they are

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actually serving their constitutional duties as Her Majesty

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is opposition. Can you see a split? I can, if they cannot sort this out.

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The party is totally dysfunctional, nowhere near any kind of opposition.

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The observer describes this is the greatest crisis for generations. It

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might at blessed be coming to an end. If Tom Watson had not said,

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there is no point carrying on with discussions with the unions, then we

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might have had a leadership challenge, at least it is out in the

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open instead of tracking on to conference time. What happens if

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Corbyn gets re-elected? That is when the party splits. Cliff Richard,

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suing the BBC for ?1 million over the filming at his house. His

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lawyers have dispatched letters to the BBC and South Yorkshire Police.

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The intention is to Sue for misuse of private information. Basically he

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says that detectives and reporters unlawfully colluded to invade his

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privacy. They quote him as saying, I want my day in court. There has been

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an apology, the BBC said it was sorry that he suffered distress. It

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is one of those difficult things about the relationship between the

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police and broadcasters or reporters, which all of us are aware

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of. And often is very good. To have a relationship can be very useful

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for both sides. It can be in the public interest. You often don't

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blunder into a situation where you should not because you ask the

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police first. That this was a certain mistake. Andy Murray, Centre

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Court. I shall be watching tomorrow. This is so exciting. If there is any

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fairness in the world he should win. Because Novak Djokovic is out...

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Why, because he is British? Because both of his main opponents are out.

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His Canadian opponent could do it but he is not that well known to

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people like me, I am sure. But he certainly caused an upset by

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knocking out Roger Federer. Everybody is looking for a bit of

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sunshine. And a huge television audience, the papers are saying. I'm

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afraid Wimbledon has rather passed me by because of all the political

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Makkah -- machinations have kept me busy going on. Predictions? I think

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you will. He will. We will be back 11:30pm for another look at stories

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making the news tomorrow. Time now

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