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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the political commentator, Jo Phillips

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and the Political Editor of the Sunday Express,

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Distinguished company with which to review the front pages. The Sunday

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Telegraph has an interview with former Prime Minister Tony Blair and

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he says enquiries into abuse of British troops should never have

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been ordered. David Cameron is quoted in the Mail on Sunday. London

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Plaza Mayor Sadiq Khan claims in the Sunday Times that divisions in the

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Labour Party could lead to a split. And the Sunday Express says the

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detective who brought Christopher Halley well to justice may have

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killed the missing chef Claudia Lawrence. -- Christopher Halliwell.

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The Sun reports that Zoe Ball and Norman Cook are separating after 18

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years together. Let's start with the Sunday Times.

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The big story of today was the real election of Jeremy Corbyn. The

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Sunday Times says a purge now could kill Labour. It's not really

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surprise on. Sadiq Khan is the most senior elected Labour official in

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the country. He is not in Jeremy Corbyn's shed their cabinet so he

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can speak out with a great degree of seniority. He is obviously saying

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what many people are thinking that the purge of MPs who are not loyal

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to Corbyn by the Lamenting group would see a split worse than that

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which led to the setup of the SDP with the gang of four -- the

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momentum group. Mr Corbyn was not talking about a purge. As Jo said,

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we would not expect him to come out and say now let the purge begin! We

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do know behind the scenes that he is keen to get the former members of

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the Shadow Cabinet who left in the summer back on board. There are some

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who are willing but I know there are others who feel concerned that the

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boundary changes are on the horizon and they will face deselection. Last

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week we saw a list going out of uncooperative Labour MPs which many

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of them saw as a bit of a hit list and they feared this would be used

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by Momentum supporters to go after them and that is making them feel

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reticent about rejoining the party. The attempt by MPs to dethrone

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Jeremy Corbyn has backfired because he has ended up with a bigger slice

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of the vote and a stronger not weaker division. He has 61% of the

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vote which is 2% more than last time, a competence of victory. But

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he still does not have the support of his MPs in Parliament. It is

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great, Jeremy Corbyn is clearly very popular. So is Mary Berry and lots

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of other people. Clearly popular amongst the registered supporters. A

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YouGov poll yesterday was clear that Labour members who joined the party

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prior to 2015, it was Owen Smith who was far more popular amongst them.

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And without the support of the Labour Party in Parliament, he is

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not effective as Leader of the Opposition. Whether or not they

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allow the elections to Shadow Cabinet, that will be the testing

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point. Let's shift the focus from the Labour Party to the Conservative

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Party. A couple of papers have stories detailing the divisions

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between David Cameron and Theresa May. The Sunday Times have a story,

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what is that about? That is the Sunday Times political editor who

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appears regularly on this programme, Tim Shipman, who has a book coming

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out shortly, which is a chronicle about what went on behind the doors

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of Downing Street during the referendum campaign. One of the

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things he is saying in this book is Theresa May told Cameron he should

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not push ahead with the months for an emergency brake on migrants

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coming to Britain. He is using this as a division within the Cabinet to

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suggest that Cameron and Theresa May were at loggerheads over Brexit and

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she had not been supportive of his plans to shore up support for

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renegotiation. However, if you read on, what it is basically saying is

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there was this plan on the table for this emergency brake which was going

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to be introduced at the last moment to shore up support and ultimately,

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Cameron was told he would not get away with it. Obviously, he would

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not go ahead with something which would essentially be blown a role

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spree by the rest of Europe almost immediately. -- a raspberries. The

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Mail on Sunday have information by someone who used to work at the BBC

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and now he has a book which is being serialised in the Mail on Sunday,

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again about the divisions between David Cameron and the extent of his

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frustration by Theresa May's refusal to back him on the EU referendum. He

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begged her to come off the fence but she refused and one of Cameron's

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allies questioned whether she was secretly and enemy agent. They don't

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waste time! He has only just come out of Downing Street, got his

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knighthood and here comes the book. I do think you should have a little

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degree... You will not be reading it? I am sure I can read the

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explosive extracts if I want to. It is all written in this hyperbole

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about bombshells and explosive revelations. It does not tell you

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anything you did not know. But nine minutes before Boris Johnson put

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himself at the head of the Leave campaign, he had reassured Cameron

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in a secret text, it could not be that secret because Craig Oliver saw

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it and read it, it is really about the shenanigans behind the scenes

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with David Cameron, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson. Theresa May has been

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in Downing Street for a few months so now it is she was this, that, the

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other. Some of it I have to say it does not ring true. Disinterest in

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because it is kind of history. Yes, and rewritten history because

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Theresa May is in power. Would she have been the focus of this book if

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it was Boris Johnson who had become Prime Minister? This talks about the

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fact that Theresa May was not being desperately supported and in one

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decision she decided to go on holiday for a weekend break with her

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husband rather than support Cameron. If you know something about Theresa

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May, she was never off duty as Home Secretary. The idea that she would

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flounce off on holiday and not be a full player in this is a little bit

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far-fetched. Ultimately, she played an amazing game during Brexit. She

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literally let all the other people in the leadership race take each

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other out. It worked very well for her. The idea that David Cameron

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said in January she could be Prime Minister in six months... In

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January, it was going to be Boris. We are talking about David Cameron,

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one former Prime Minister, let's talk about another former Prime

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Minister, Tony Blair. The Sunday Telegraph are continuing their

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campaign into a quarry is into alleged abuses of British troops in

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places like Iraq and Palestine -- there enquiry is. -- Iraq and

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Afghanistan. The Iraq historic allegations team was set up by

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Gordon Brown. Obviously, it is of grave concern for service personnel

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who have served in difficult circumstances in terrible places

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that 14 years on they are being investigated and in some cases, the

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particular case which came up recently about the Iraqi teenager

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who drowned in a canal outside Basra in 2003, that was investigated in

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2004 and the soldiers involved were cleared in 2006. It is the length of

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time. You think troops should be investigated if there is an

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allegation? I think there should be an investigation and we cannot on

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one hand welcome, as I think everybody in this country did the

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enquiry into Hillsborough which brought to light what people had

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been saying for a long time, and at the same time say, well, we can't do

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it because soldiers are above reproach. And it is not something

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which Theresa May has not said. She has brought her top brass in to say

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let's knock a few heads together and see what we can do to look at these

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cases and bring this to a reasonable conclusion. We would not expect her

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to draw a line under it and say let's not look at this. It is about

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speed, I think. Talking of speed, we have not got too much longer. Let's

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go to a couple of lighter stories. The Sunday Times, the Great British

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Bake Off saga continues. You think that is a lighter story! The BBC is

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threatening to rush out a rival show to the Great British Bake Off which

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has gone to Channel 4. Not much has gone to Channel 4 apart from Paul

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Hollywood. One man and his tent. Maybe Mary and Mel and Sue will do

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it in a kitchen somewhere else. Is this what the BBC should be doing?

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They are supposed to be an innovator. John Whittingdale said

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ultimately what the BBC should be doing is not morning losing it to

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Channel 4, just come up with a new show. But if they come up with a new

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one it could be a breach of copyright on the formula. They could

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call it take off. Or a cough. And from one hit BBC showed to Strictly

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and we have Ed Balls. Doesn't he look lovely? Never mind Paul

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Hollywood, Ed Balls and Mary Berry. Balls and Berry. But does he know

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anything about baking? I am not sure he doesn't know anything about

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dancing either. They said for a former Labour minister it is very

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conservative dancing. Is he an example of a politician reinventing

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himself? He lost his seat and now he's starring on prime-time

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television. Whatever you think, it is tough when you lose your seat.

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Some people manage to get on with it. Michael Portillo has had a very

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successful career as a broadcaster, historian and travel writer and

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still does the odd bit of politics with Andrew Neil. Ed Balls is

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obviously keen on doing this side of thing.

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He is the lighter side. He has said it will probably embarrass his

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family. Bless him. We love a loser in this country. Will you be

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watching him? Maybe. Thank you for the time being.

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You'll both be back at 11.30pm for another look at the stories

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