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Injured or coming back injured. International rugby is important and

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it Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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

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assistant political editor of the Daily Telegraph

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

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

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by the Conservative cabinet ministers and MPs criticising

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the government's decision to make Heathrow its preferred

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choice for a new runway. The Metro also leads

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

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resignation from the Commons, sparked by the Heathrow decision,

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

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democrats likely to fight it The Express carries a claim

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by International Development Secretary Priti Patel that UK

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money is being wasted on what the paper calls undeserving

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foreign aid projects. The Guardian's obtained what it

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claims is a leaked recording of remarks Theresa May made

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in a meeting with investment bankers, when she apparently

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

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

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labour wards have no consultant The Times leads with Heathrow,

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but it also reports that drugs companies that hike

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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extraordinary dispensation to the Foreign Secretary, to the Education

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

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

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lot of things about it today, including predicting that London

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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openly pushing for a second referendum, being accused of not

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Guardian claims is an exclusive. A leaked recording revealing what

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

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

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

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

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

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interesting story, because it is interesting to think where these

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

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

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

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

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find a tape recording suggesting that the Prime Minister is very

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sympathetic to their cause and indeed suggested before the vote

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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much politics but cast your minds back to the general election

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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there too, with each night's edition of The Papers being posted shortly

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after we finish, so thank you very much.

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