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

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With me are the former Labour political advisor,

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Ayesha Hazarika, and Neil Midgley, media commentator at

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We are going to be gained with a reminder of the breaking news which

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makes it onto the front of one of the pages tomorrow morning, the

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resignation of Diane James, the MEP elected 18 days ago to lead the

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party, Ukip. That is the head in the Times. Ukip leader quitting after

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three weeks. Full marks for getting it on this quickly. Great scoop by

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Lucy Fisher in terms of getting the scoop. This story is extraordinary

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and I don't think we'll get to the bottom of it for some time. A report

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said she felt shaken after being spat on on a train on the way to

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Cardiff but I think there is more to it. The key line in the resignation

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is that she does not have the sufficient authority nor support of

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her colleagues and party, indicating that there were rules she wanted to

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change, questions she was asking about finances so I think it allude

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to something much murkier going on. And rats fighting in a very small

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sac. There is a question about whether Ukip still has a role in the

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post-referendum Britain, what do they stand for, what do they want,

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what is their pitch to the electorate? Nigel Farage has been

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the leader at least twice. They want him to come back! Technically he may

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still be the leader because she has said she has not formally become the

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leader. For ever Farage! Steven Woolfe, who was the Ukip the hope

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against the Labour Party in the North, there is some weirdness about

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him not getting his papers in on time. I don't think it was 18

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minutes. It is like Stranger Things, these strange things happening in

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Ukip. One difficulty happening with Ukip, the Times has done it and now

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the Daily Telegraph. Presume the others will be dependent.

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Interesting that Diane James Haskell in her statement to the Times -- has

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given her statement. And it is on the day of Theresa May's big speech

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at the Tory party conference. Getting the news before 9pm, when

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the paper goes to bed. It sets the agenda. The Daily Mail is doing its

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bit tomorrow, Ayesha, with its very bold image, Theresa May savaging

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leave the liberal -- savaging the liberal elite. We are all liberal!

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What is really interesting is that I think that Theresa May's speech is

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not going to have many nuggets of policy, it looks like they have

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briefed out the interesting policy things, the timing of Article 50,

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the thing about overseas doctors and immigration. The key message they

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want to get to the country is a big patriotic message, a big appeal.

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Ironically I think it is to the Ukip voters and those who voted for

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Brexit, saying that we've heard you, we get what you are saying and we

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are on your side. It is more about tone. We have Eneko on the front of

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the Daily Express, the message that they won't grovel to Brussels. -- we

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have an echo. According to the press Association, Liam Fox this evening

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was casting doubt on the quality of the CVs of the trade negotiators who

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may be a part of the British team. It would be a strange interview

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where the interviewer says, would you grovel to Brussels and Theresa

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May would say, just a bit. Of course she has to talk tough and Theresa

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May personally has played a very strong tactical game, staying

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relatively neutral during the referendum campaign itself so now

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she can pretend to be all things to all men and women. Particularly to

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disenfranchised Labour voters. The stark thing that stood out to meet

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at the Labour conference was that the Labour Party has no answer to

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the many millions of natural Labour supporters who want curbs on

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immigration. The Labour Party just isn't speaking to that and Theresa

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May comes from relatively modest background herself, she is able to

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say once again, as Margaret Thatcher did in the 80s: we are the parties

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of the aspirational working-class -- the party. Picking up on what Niall

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said, looking at the front of the Guardian, Theresa May calling on the

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Tories to seize the centre ground. Papers will take the editorial line.

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You briefed the papers to things that may appeal to their readers.

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People will feel that her initial big picture on the steps of Downing

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Street was very much that they are going to rules from the centre,

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almost like an Ed Miliband speech, like one government, but I think the

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reality will be different. I think Neill is right, they need a

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political and strategic decision to go after the northern heartlands

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where they will try to settle. They know that Labour is soft in those

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areas because of the Brexit vote and immigration issues. Difficult for

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Labour to navigate through the Freedom of movement stuff. Diane

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James and Ukip couldn't come at a better time for Theresa May. Her

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policies, grammar schools, immigration, that is catnip to that

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kind of right wing, people who are interested. She's saying to Ukip

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voters, come back to the Conservative Party. This talk of the

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centre ground is for the birds. Right! Fact! Not closing the deficit

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by the end of the Parliament, the people who care about that.

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Extraordinary because for years the Labour Party have been said that

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their policy of borrowing more to invest was irresponsible but now

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that rule has been ripped up. There is that think that in government you

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can fairly shamelessly pick from what the other parties have and you

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don't get access match -- you don't get too much flak. This fund from

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and am -- announced from Amber Rudd today. The living wage. Diane James

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said in her first conference speech, she called Theresa May magpie May

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because she was collecting policies and the grammar school policy was a

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Ukip policy. One thing in the Guardian piece, Theresa May

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attacking the Labour Party saying that they have not just been divided

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as a party, they have divided the country. I have issue with that,

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Labour is very divided. At least Ukip have made us look better but I

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don't think anybody would say that the Labour Party policies are

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defined in the country. Grammar schools are very divisive. Hardline

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talk on immigration, doctors going back, that is pretty divisive stuff

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and she will have a big row with Scotland over Brexit. The big idea

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that... I think she will be far more divisive. If Jeremy Corbyn and the

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Labour Party had done the right kind of job with their supporters in the

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referendum vote, we would have had a Remain vote and the country would

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now be united in membership of the European Union, that is the

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divisiveness of the Labour Party, internal fighting, not doing what it

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needs to do with the big issues in the country. The Labour Party is

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definitely divided. Nothing was more divisive than the referendum result

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and it is your guide's fault. -- your guy. The Guardian look like

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they have some fashion advice for if the Prime Minister gets into tough

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negotiations with the EU. And some advice from Kim Kardashian and Kanye

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West, apparently hiring doubles. Going to the Metro, bumpy Brexit

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ahead, a slightly different take on her words. Yes and in particular on

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Philip Hammond's words. Good cop bad cop I think, Philip Hammond is

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saying as Chancellor, you know, it is looking bleak and it will be a

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roller-coaster and it may look all right at the moment but choppy

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economic waters ahead and then Boadicea Theresa comes along in her

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chariot and says we are patriotic, tough, the party of the working

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classes the same as everybody else. Clearly it is going to be bumpy

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ahead. There's one sentence that sooner or later must come out of a

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Conservative's mouth, either we want to stay in the single market or we

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don't. That will be the decisive point that will decide how bumpy it

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gets stuck last word. The Chancellor Philip Hammond summed it up when he

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said that nobody voted to get poorer when they made the decision, time

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will tell. The IMF have said that they were possibly overly

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pessimistic but they are still worried about the future. Ending on

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a download! Thank you for joining us. -- down note. A reminder of the

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breaking news about Diane James's decision to quit as Ukip leader

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after 18 days because she says she does not have the authority to make

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the changes she needs. Still a relatively quiet and

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tranquil scene over the UK over the next few days in stark contrast to

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the devastation brought by

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