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it Hello and welcome to our look ahead


to what the the papers will be With me are Ben Riley-Smith,


assistant political editor of the Daily Telegraph


and Kate Devlin, Westminster Thank you for joining us. Let us


look at the front-pages first. The I's front page is dominated


by the Conservative cabinet ministers and MPs criticising


the government's decision to make Heathrow its preferred


choice for a new runway. The Metro also leads


with that story, under The Telegraph says Zac Goldsmith's


resignation from the Commons, sparked by the Heathrow decision,


has caused what it calls a "Brexit by-election" with the Liberal


democrats likely to fight it The Express carries a claim


by International Development Secretary Priti Patel that UK


money is being wasted on what the paper calls undeserving


foreign aid projects. The Guardian's obtained what it


claims is a leaked recording of remarks Theresa May made


in a meeting with investment bankers, when she apparently


expressed worries about the economic Don't have your baby out of hours


is the stark warning from the Mail, which says three out of four NHS


labour wards have no consultant The Times leads with Heathrow,


but it also reports that drugs companies that hike


up their prices excessively face huge fines after the UK's


competition watchdog opened up The Sun say Sir Cliff Richard's


lawyers have evidence of texts sent prior to a raid on his home two


years ago, he is suing the force and the BBC.


Well, let us begin, shall we talk about an airport? We better had. It


is the only story round. It S let us start with the front-page of the i,


the big headline Tory rebels let fly on Heathrow, with pictures of Boris


Johnson, Zac Goldsmith and the Education Secretary. I suppose given


that Theresa May has allowed this period of openness, it was entirely


predictable they would come out in opposition, but they have pulled no


punches. They haven't. Downing Street was very keen to emphasise


that you know, there has been 40 years of dithering and it has only


taken them four months to take this decision it has only taken them four


Mondays of Government to rewrite the rules, and give this, you know


extraordinary dispensation to the Foreign Secretary, to the Education


Secretary, to come out and criticise their own Government. It is very


interesting what they have said as well. Boris, being Boris has said a


lot of things about it today, including predicting that London


would be awash with planes. But I am not surprised the i has pulled out


this word. He said it is undeliverable. So we from Foreign


Secretary predicting his own Prime Minister's ?17 billion project is


going to fail. It is like the Brexit campaign all over again. It is. I


was just about to say. One wonders how this genie can be put back in


the bottle eventually, buzz they have this period of Purdah or what


you want to call it, how can they forget these things have been said.


What they will hope is people like Boris and Justine took today to get


their statement out today, whenever they are asked in the future, they


can say I have made my feelings clear, they are there on the record


and point back to them. That is an optimistic view, especially from


Zac, who has resigned, Zac Goldsmith resigned. He is running as an


independent in a by-election. He will hammer the Government on


Heathrow, if he wins, and that will be seen as a victory for the


anti-Heathrow campaign, so that will be another blow. Like you say, we


don't know how long it will be caught up in the court, how long the


consultation period will be, whether it will disappear as a Tory split


issue. There is this strange thing, that the opponent, the political


opponents can make their opposition plain in TV studios but not in the


House of Commons? Yes yes, that was a very key demand that Theresa May


made, she made them request permission from her, to be able to


say these thing, but she told them point blank they wouldn't be able to


say them in the House of Commons. But of course, Zac Goldsmith is not


a member of the Cabinet. He is not being held by these rules, and he,


you know, he gave it both barrels in the House of Commons today. They


managed to kind of get both of these, they also announced they


would give this special dispensation a week ago, presumably in a bid to


head it off, headlines like this, and it doesn't appear to have


worked. Indeed. Let us move on to the telegraph now, with the story


you alluded to, Ben. Your own newspaper of course. Heathrow forces


May into a Brexit Bentaleb shirntion triggered by the resignation of Zac


Goldsmith. What is interesting is that Zac Goldsmith said he wanted


this to be a referendum this by-election to be a referendum on


Heathrow, but how can it be, because the Conservatives won't put a


candidate up against him. And the Lib Dem a candidate is likely to be


anti-Heathrow as well. It turns it into what will become a Brexit


by-election, Because? 71% of people in Zac Goldsmith's constituency


voted to remain, he was a very ardent Brexiteer, the Lib Dems are


the party who have gone out of their way to be as pro-EU as possible,


openly pushing for a second referendum, being accused of not


listening to the British people, but they see an opportunity to represent


the 48%, and pick up key by-elections like this one, you have


Lib Dems and a badly pro-EU party fighting against a former Tory


candidate who was a big Brexiteer, so it is going to be about the EU.


That versus probably Zac's charisma so it will be a fascinating battle.


Is this something the Prime Minister should have for seen or could have


for seen? Zac has never been that quiet in coming forward and


suggesting he might do this. But the fact it might become an anti-Brexit


campaign? I see. I think that is probably something they should have


thought avenlt it is quite difficult -- about. It is quite difficult.


They are stwung way or another. This is smart politics so the


Conservatives cannot lose this by-election, so they can't lose on


Heathrow. And in a loft ways that was probably the most sensible thing


they could do, is just to withdraw themselves from the race.


The other The other thing this does, is it takes what was a very slim


majority for Theresa May this morning, a majority of 12, instantly


makes it a majority of 11, that is very serious problem for her as


well. So what you saw in the Conservative statement, saying they


were going to stand against him was a lot of praise for Zac, so clearly


the hope is when he comes back, that he might, you know, vote with the


Conservatives. That might just be optimistic. You can imagine them...


Theresa May needs every boat she can get. She only has a working vote of


11. A A bad case of flu running rampant and she is stuffed. Let us


look at one more Heathrow story, on the front-page of the Metro, the


headline is air rage, it is about Theresa May's problems in her own


backyard, in her own constituency, and the paper says that she is


potentially guilty of having committed something of a U-turn over


Heathrow. Heathrow. David Cameron got hammer with this, no ifs, no


buts then began to turn round and have this independent commission and


prepare the ground for a U turn on Heathrow. He left office before it


got to that point, but Theresa May backed all similar sentiments, there


were leaflets that have had her saying I will fight to stop the


Heathrow runway. It is perfectly acceptable. But Maidenhead, her own


council is one of four Tory councils that will sue her own Government


over the Heathrow third runway. It is remarkable, that will play out


again, over years, so that is not go to go away. Can I draw your


attention, Kate, to another headline in the Guardian, moving on the a


different story but more problems for Theresa May. This is what the


Guardian claims is an exclusive. A leaked recording revealing what


Theresa May thinks about Brexit. This is from a recording to a speech


she gave to a group of economists at Goldman Sachs in which she was quite


warm about the EU. She was, she was one about what might happen to the


banking industry if we voted for Brexit. What she suggested was that


lots of banks may need to go abroad, and I think this is really


interesting story, because it is interesting to think where these


stories have come from, you are right, it is a taped record, it was


made in May, but at the weekend, we had the shop steward for the bankers


suggest that maybe banks might go abroad after Brexit. And the


industry has been hammered for that for a couple of days. Suddenly, we


find a tape recording suggesting that the Prime Minister is very


sympathetic to their cause and indeed suggested before the vote


that I may need to do this. I think it is an interesting story. You


smell a bit of a set up there, do you sno? Well... Somebody has leaked


it. Somebody has leaked it. It certainly puts bankers in a better


light. The one thing you would say adds secret recordings go that get


leaked, there is no smoking gun in here that will be used to undermine


Theresa May, she is saying there is a good economic argument for staying


in the EU and there is a chance some firms might think again if it is


Brexit. That that was close to her public position. Should we be that


surprised. She was a remainor, perhaps some see over the financial


sector, that this isn't going to damage her massively in the long


run. Let us go back to the Metro, and to the big photograph of, they


have at the top. Jungle ablaze, this is a reference to the fact that the


Jungle camp at Calais is starting to be demolished. With people still


living there. Which ever way you look at it, this particular story in


the demolition of the Jungle, it is not a solution to any sort of


problem, is it? No, and you feel it is only just beginning, because they


are about seven, eight nine thousand refugees at the beginning of the


week, they begun clearing them out. The problem is all those who wanted


to go and were happy to go have left, there is a nub of people,


saying I don't want to go, I want to get to Britain this is the best


place for me to be, that throughout the rest of the week is when it is


going to get trickier, when they will need to foribly remove some of


these people and that is when some of the scenes that have only been on


the periphery could get worse, all the people have been moved, those


asylum claims haven't disappeared, they are in different parts of


France, will they return and try to get into Britain. The refugee crisis


is nowhere near finished by demolishing one camp. Do you think


that in the days to come, we are going to see some difficult scenes


with people who are determined to get to the UK or determined not the


leave, that in a sense, you know, it has been fairly peaceful to now, it


is going to get harder. It has and the approach the French authorities


are taking is, is as Ben says an attempt to try and persuade people,


they are doing it gradually, they are trying to take down buildings,


you know, building by building, bit by bit, rather than going for a kind


of enforced confrontation, the problem they will face is that the


expectation is that hundreds of people will still try to stay by the


end of the week, and then what are they going to do? I am going to


return boat of you to what may feel like ancient history, we have had so


much politics but cast your minds back to the general election


campaign of last year, and the Ed stone which the i is going to have


some fun with. Photo at the bottom. How Ed stone returns to haunt


Labour. How can a disaster happen twice? You thought the Ed stone can


do no more damaged. It has got them a ?20,000 fine from the Electoral


Commission, and I think it cost about seven-and-a-half grand the Ed


stone, that was part of more than ?100,000 that the Labour Party


failed to register properly with the Commission, and today it has been


announced they have been fined 20,00 pounds, they blamed on an admin


error, but it is a second bout of embarrassment. It has been very


expensive. Was so much money ever so ill spent? The problem is Labour


were warned this would be a problem, this isn't actually the first Ed


Stone they tried to do. They tried to do one during the Scottish


independence referendum, it was killed off by a kind of Labour


politicians in Scotland, insisting it would look ridiculous, doing a


mock-up to show how badly it would go down, they managed to kill off


the idea. Nine months before it was resurrected for the Ed Stone. On the


grounds it would look like a tombstone. Which is what it came to


be named after all. There must be some red faces Echeverria more so


than before. Thank you. That it is for The Papers tonight. All the


front pages are are online on the BBC website where you can read a


detailed review. It is all there, seven days a week. You can see us


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