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

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With me are Ayasha Hazarika, a former Labour adviser,

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and Dan Bilefsky is a writer for the New York Times.

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The front pages start with kidnap alert at all bases, on the Metro.

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The Mail leads on the same story, as police hunt for two suspects in

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connection with the incident at RAF Marham. Today's meeting between

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Theresa May and Francois Hollande dominate the Guardian's FrontPage.

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They report on the French president insisting that the UK will not have

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access to a single market without open borders. The Express claims

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house prices rose by more than 10% in the last month. Millions of Brits

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are abandoning trips abroad and taking staycations, in what the

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Telegraph says will be an economic boost. The FT pictures Jeremy Corbyn

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launching his campaign to stay as leader and his warning that his

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Parliamentary opponents will not be safe in their seats if he wins.

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According to the Times, several people on camera's honours list have

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been blocked by Whitehall because of concerns about their suitability. We

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start with the Metro. The Mirror, actually. Those two papers are

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reflecting the alarming incident at RAF Marham in Norfolk concerning the

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attempted abduction of a serviceman. An awful story and a serious

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reminder of the fact that this country is still on high alert in

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terms of terrorism and also the sort of threats that our service men and

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women face both abroad and at home. Some horrible reminders of the

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attack on Lee Rigby, which happened, of course, in this country. So it's

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a very important reminder that, even though we have all been focused on

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the EU referendum and Brexit, terrorism is still a huge issue for

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this country, keeping citizens safe, and I am sure Theresa May will be

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acutely aware of this. Her primary duty as a Prime Minister is to keep

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citizens safe, so I think people will be watching this, she will be

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getting regular briefings on it, and it is very serious. The significance

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of RAF Marham is it is from where Tornado jets, the fleet is based,

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and they are carrying out missions over Syria all the time. Indeed. We

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have been watching with deep concern what has been happening in France in

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the last couple of years, three serious terror attacks in less than

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two years, and Britain, which recently renewed its offensive in

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Syria against Isis, now finds itself potentially under attack. This is

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very alarming. We are not sure yet whether this was terrorism. But

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given what is happening in the rest of Europe and across the Channel,

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it's deeply concerning, because all along we have been worried the UK

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might be vulnerable. The Guardian, no free trade without open border,

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Francois Hollande has told Theresa May. This is tricky, because there

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is a difference between being in the single market and getting all the

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benefits that we have now, while we are still in the European Union, and

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having access to the single market, suggest a lesser status. The Brexit

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people are keen to point out that, if you have access to the market, it

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doesn't mean you have to follow along with the rules concerning free

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movement of people, for instance. Look, this is an absolutely crystal

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clear example of how confused people are about the consequences of exit.

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Also, what were people voting for? Loads of people voted leave because

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immigration is a big issue. It became a lightning conductor.

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Thought it would be clear that we could get immigration down. May not

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be that clear-cut. What politicians are going to have to be realising is

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there has been a huge breakdown in trust in politics, which is a reason

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for why the vote went the way it did. If people think they were

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promised one thing and it isn't delivered, that is going to store up

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trouble for this government down the track, especially because you have

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your Brexiteers, David Davis, Boris Johnson, and I think they could be

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quite a gap between what those politicians are saying and what the

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public think they are getting. Yesterday, we saw Angela Merkel

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Francois Hollande, portraying Theresa May very well, but Francois

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Hollande is saying, look, if you want access to the single market,

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you have to have free movement of people. There are 100,000 plus

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French people living in London and they are a huge cultural part of the

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city. They look of French people there are worried about their

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future. Francois Hollande was playing nice today but there was

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some Gallic seriousness. It was a wake-up call. I agree. I think you

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have to abide by the democratic decision. I voted Remain. But there

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is so much uncertainty about what Brexit is going to mean a very

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practical level. The immigration thing is one, take another

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interview, in the music industry, where there is a lot of great work

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in Europe. They are worried. They are all thinking, will we have to

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get visas? There are some interesting and big questions,

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practical questions, that nobody has the answers for, and that is

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worrying. And the false promise that Brexiteers have been selling, that

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they can have access to the single market and not have free movement,

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that will be laid bare very quickly. The Financial Times, Jeremy Corbyn,

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the issues a seat warning to rebel MPs. The suggestion is that they may

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be deselected if they don't support him. Touring boundary changes in a

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couple of years' time. This, to me, screams of desperation, at a time

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when you have civil war in the Labour Party, with the Parliamentary

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Labour Party no longer supporting Jeremy Corbyn. He has a lot of

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support with the grassroots, young people and some older people. It

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depends on your definition of young, I find. The fact that he finds the

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need to make this sort of threat means that there will be a war of

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attrition in the Labour Party and, if they don't get rid of him now,

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they will eventually, but the main beneficiaries will be the

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Conservatives. After Brexit, you thought it would be mayhem. This is

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the kind of rhetoric, and Team called in am I suspect, will come

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out and say, this is not a threat, simply something that might follow

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following the redrawing of the electoral boundaries, and it is

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perfectly logical that that could happen. -- Team called in. But it is

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something that militant put forward as a tactic to pressure people in

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the 80s. Of course it is a threat. It is like saying, my hand is held

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out, but in a fist, ready to punch you in the face if you don't comply.

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What we are finding in the Labour Party is that Jexit is proving more

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stressful than Brexit. It is a travesty what is happening in

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Labour, and we've got to get this election sorted out as soon as

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possible. But one of the things you have to do as leader of the Labour

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Party is you have to try and unite the party, try and bring together

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different parts of the party. The members are very important, the

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councillors are important, but MPs are important as well, because we

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have a Parliamentary democracy. Jeremy should be trying to bring

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people together, not create more division. But has he created the

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division? It is the MPs who have done that. I think the group

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Momentum at putting pressure on MPs. Most MPs get horrendous abuse from

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Momentum on a regular basis, they get threatened with deselection.

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Angela Eagle is on the brink of being deselected by her own

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constituency party because she doesn't think Jeremy Corbyn is a

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good leader. He rang her local party to give, basically, the allegations

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that he was very much supporting her party to deselect her. That isn't

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unity. If you can't keep the Parliamentary Labour Party together,

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how can you govern in opposition? That he would argue that 183,000 new

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members in the last few days alone, he must be doing something right. He

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is, but membership is one thing. Winning with the public is

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important. David Cameron's honours list blocked by Whitehall. This is

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like a final body blow to Cameron Kurle who has been facing... Downing

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Street, he's honours list is being challenged and blocked by Whitehall,

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which is unusual from what I understand. It is. Cameron Kurle on

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one of the hallmarks of his time -- Cameron Kurle, one of the hallmarks.

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David Cameron. I want it Theresa May have anything to do with this. I

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wonder if she has been saying, look, we are not going to put everybody

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through on these peerages. They are controversial. People feel that the

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house of Lords is already overstuffed. There is another story,

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saying that the Labour Party offered Shami Chakrabarti a peerage, so

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there is cronyism allegations on both sides. What is a vote against

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the Notting Hill set? Possibly. Never mind David Cameron putting

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forward his people. Liz Truss put forward to be the new Lord

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Chancellor, of course. Our first woman Lord Chancellor. But she has

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no legal training and to people have already said they don't want to work

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with her Lord Fawkes, who has resigned as justice minister, and

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Anna Soubry, who has worked 20 years as a criminal arrest. Liz Truss is

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not very popular. -- criminal barrister. I don't think Michael

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Gould, her predecessor, at any expertise. As a feminist, I am all

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for breaking these barriers, but it is what you do with your power. I

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know that a lot of women are very worried about what has been

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happening with the cuts in legal services, legal aid, so I hope that,

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as a woman first Chancellor, and Theresa May is a woman Prime

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Minister, they will be feminist ministers. Mrs Clinton, nothing

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seems to unite the Republicans better than the desire to lock her

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up. They are in the middle of her convention and they are pretty

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united on their anger against her. It is one of the most extraordinary

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Republican conventions in the US, with the party completely divided, a

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plagiarism scandal with millennia trump, quoting some lines verbatim

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from the shadow -- Michelle Obama speech, and then Ted Cruz saying

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that Donald Trump assassinated -- insulted his father. He refused to

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endorse Donald Trump. It seems that the only thing uniting the party is

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how crooked Hillary Clinton is and the notion that they will somehow

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put in jail over her use of private servers at home for e-mail. It shows

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you, it is like the image of the Labour Party in this country... It

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makes me feel better that there is another political party which is as

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dysfunctional as we are. It is the only thing which seems to be uniting

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the party. On the front page of the New York Times, Trump gave an

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interview yesterday saying that the notion of article five of Nato, by

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which countries promised to defend other countries from attack, it is

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no longer sacrosanct and that the United States under president Trump

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would not adhere to this. It has caused international backlash

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because people are afraid the United States will retrench from the

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international stage. It would be an interesting world with Donald Trump

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is leader of the free world. Larry the cat. This is really important.

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We know there has been a lot of famous political rivalry. We had

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Brown, Blair, Theresa May, Boris Johnson. But it is their cats that

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are arguing. Larry the cat has apparently been injured in a scrap.

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We have got exclusive pictures. This is them. This is the power struggle

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between number ten and the Foreign Office. It is like a metaphor. I

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think Jeremy Corbyn's cat was a bit upset.

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El Catto? That is what is cat is called I thought it was good

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Chairman Meow. I heard that Theresa May was allergic to cats. Thank you

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for coming in. Thank you for watching. Goodbye.

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It's a pleasant evening out there for most of us. Not completely dry

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because, in one or two areas,

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