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Clarence in Exeter, England's oldest hotel, has collapsed after a

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devastating fire. More than 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at

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the 300-year-old building. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me, Mihir Bose,

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columnist at the London Evening Standard, and the assistant editor

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of the Times, Tim Farron -- Anne Ashworth. First, let's take you

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through tomorrow morning's front pages. We're going to start with the

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Observer macro, which leads with reaction to the FBI reviewing its

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investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mails, with senior Democrats

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accusing the head of compromising its political neutrality. That

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features on the front of the Sunday times, which claims that Hillary's

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lead in the opinion polls is falling. The Mail on Sunday

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criticises the BBC for a show featuring a transgender storyline,

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which it says is available on the CBBC website. In a novel solution

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for the housing crisis is unveiled on the front page of the Sunday

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telegraph. It says the government is to offer help to build 100,000

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modern prefabs. We are going to come to that story. First off, good

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evening. Let's start with a big story this evening, which has to be

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forced the only show in town is Hillary Clinton and those e-mails.

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What do they say? We'd like to know. Let's have a session with Yoda. Who

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knows. It's extraordinary. The Sunday papers are highlighted that

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the FBI director is a Republican, he was appointed by Barack Obama. The

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way he has brought the story out, there is some, if you like, support

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for the charge that he's done it more to help his former Republicans,

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because he hasn't done any details. He went against the orders of his

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boss, the Attorney General. Normally, the FBI, if you are

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looking into something, you have to say, this is what we have found,

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before you say, we are looking into it. Will it be enough to take the

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heat off Hillary? The letter is described as short on facts and

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heavy on innuendo. Nobody knows if these RBC e-mails that were examined

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and found to be OK in the summer. -- if these are the same. It

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facilitates Trump's rhetoric. He can now call her crooked Hillary. This

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is what he has been claiming and he now has justification. He is

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comparing it to Watergate, which we all know isn't true, but it is post

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factual, it's all assertions, innuendo, and they seem to be

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stronger than the facts. And the problem is that Hillary has always

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had a problem of trust. She isn't really liked. It's an election

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between two people who are not really liked. It's extraordinary. If

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you like, she doesn't have a bank of trust to draw on. And say, hang on,

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I haven't done anything wrong. If you have somebody who is already

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distrusted, that increases the pressure. A lot of people also

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putting the spotlight on the relationship between Huma Abedin and

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Mrs Clinton. It's a real soap opera, this huge loyalty that the Clintons

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have two Huma Abedin. They haven't thrown under the bus. She is the

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second daughter. Indeed, Bill Clinton married Huma Abedin and that

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husband of hers. Former husband. Who is the source of all this

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controversy. But this could be... This has been a jolt to the whole of

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the Clinton campaign and it might have an effect. We know that 20

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million people in America have already voted, but there are people

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still wavering. The swing states. The American election isn't decided

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with the popular vote. George Bush won the popular vote, Al Gore did,

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rather. It is decided by which state you win in the electoral college and

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so on. Somebody coming out from those states, some of those are too

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close to call. One doesn't know what the effect would be. Obviously

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people are saying the FBI's timing on this was... There is a hint of

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political thought was made to prove that would help the Republicans. One

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can't prove that. It has been labelled the October surprise. The

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media grabbed it, great timing for us but, in terms of a headline, but

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can Mrs Clinton really come back from this list of the polls are

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already reporting... They are narrowing. But that might be the

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initial reaction. When people think, actually, there is nothing in these

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e-mails, haven't we heard all of this before. There are lots of

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undecideds. Will they be bothered to vote? If people were undecided

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before and were favouring Clinton, we don't know for sure, and they

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will say, OK, Trump is bad, I'd never vote for him, but is Clinton

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any better? Why bother to vote? It could be an impact. For Clinton to

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win and win well, she needs a lot of people to vote. And, if Clinton does

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win, there is a risk that her presidency will become a lame duck

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because it will be mired in controversy from the start. Did she

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missed all of that Obama is Chris Doak you miss all of that Obama hope

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and change stuff? Let's turn to the Sunday times and a bit soft politics

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or soft power coming from Mr Putin. Yes, an interesting story by Andrew

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Gilligan, once of this parish, who is now an investigative reporter at

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the Sunday Times. He is saying that Putin has been making links with the

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right wing of the very powerful groups in the Conservative Party,

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like the Bruges group, set up by Mrs Thatcher, and funding trips for them

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to go to the Ukraine at other places, and many of them are making

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appreciative noises, saying... What is he up to? You know his links with

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Trump. We see Putin is this great pariah with no links with anybody

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responsible or sensible in this country, but this suggests he has

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been cultivating links, and many of them, or a couple of them have said,

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that maybe the sanctions the west has imposed should be removed. Does

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that mean the sanctions have been working? A lot of people have said

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that he just doesn't care. I was in Russia recently and people were

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complaining a lot. Not funded by Putin! I paid my own fair. They were

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complaining, but I didn't see much preparation in the shops. There is

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nothing to gain by going on these trips. The politicians must know

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that they will be discovered, having had their jolly to Russia or Ukraine

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paid for, and know that it will be bad for their name. Their

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reputations. But getting a bit of culture, that's important. There is

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something behind it. This isn't simply his reaction to, what was the

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call from Boris for protests outside the embassy? Boris says, we hate

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Russia so much that you should go and protest against the embassy,

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whereas there are members of his party going out to Crimea and same,

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Putin isn't all that bad. We don't hear from these politicians why they

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went and whether all of their conclusions were that flattering.

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Yes, but I think what we might hear some voices saying, we shouldn't

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just demonise Putin. We should have links with Putin. This might become

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a debate, if these people, if they are powerful in the Conservative

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Party. I am intrigued by the lying in this article, that the group

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called for a Coke cooperation agreement -- agreement with Russian

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intelligence. -- by the line. Russia are very good on drug cheating,

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things in sport. Will this throw any light on what their intentions are

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in Aleppo? What was the purpose of the? So many questions. Right,

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prefab. You can talk and talk and talk about this. One of the sections

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I headed in the Times is about housing, and we know there is a

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crisis. They have been big promises made by the new government, but they

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argue -- that the people who are just managing will be able to get

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houses and things will be better, and one way they say they will do

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this is by the prefab. What is this? Nobody calls it the prefab. They

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call it modular. Actually, the home is made in a factory. In Sweden,

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about 80% of homes are made in that way and, in America, about 40% in

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some states. It doesn't necessarily mean a rickety, poor quality

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building. Not jerry-built? No. It might be the answer, because

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goodness knows we need one. Would they look like IKEA houses? Not

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necessarily. From what this story says, these houses can be put up in

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48 hours or something, very quickly. Is quick and efficient. Have you

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ever spent time in one? There are lots of offices that are prefab Drew

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and you wouldn't know it. So it could be a good, possible solution.

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We built about 120,000 homes a year and we need about a quarter of a

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million. Something has to happen. That is the front page of the

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Telegraph, prefabs to solve the housing crisis. The Observer macro,

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it is Theresa May. Just managing, families set to be worse off. She

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was promising... This was her big thing ever since she got to Downing

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Street, that she wants to help people who are working around the

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clock. What this story is based on is that a study has emerged which

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shows that, if the budget cuts that Osborne made are not removed by

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Philip Hammond in his Autumn Statement, by 2010, a family with

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two children of four years old who are working within the constraints

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of the living wage will find that they are ?2000 worse off. So come

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and has to do something in the Autumn Statement. He has to

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backtrack. Otherwise what Theresa May is saying will make the position

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much worse. There is a big question here. Whatever he does on taxes,

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these households will be very badly hit by rising inflation. We've got

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wage is not rising very fast and beginning to get more expensive and,

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if you are a household like this, that is where your expenditure is,

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in the supermarket. You can tinker with taxes and benefits but, if

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people are finding it so much more expensive in the shops, what is

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and's room for manoeuvre? -- what is Philip Hammond's room for manoeuvre.

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A should probably stop eating Marmite! That is probably just the

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start of the price rises. Lets finish off an Ukip. This could be a

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first in a way, for the party. They are looking for peers. Is that

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right? It could be how Nigel Farage finally gets into Parliament. He has

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tried seven times to get a seat and hasn't succeeded in some

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Conservatives are saying there should be Ukip peers and they should

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be Baron Brexit. Isn't it great to have a story... This is making us

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smile. That's what a good front page should do, have a story that makes

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you smile. Farage in the Lords would provide us with a great deal of

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amusement, I would say. I think a lot of people would go to the Lords

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to hear him speak. How likely is it? I suspect you will be leading his

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party. There was a wonderful quote from a Ukip member who said they had

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had four leaders and they had all been called Nigel Farage. We suspect

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the next election for a leader will not go well and that Nigel will step

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in again. We shall see. We will end on that note. You will be back

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later. Very enjoyable, thank you. That is it.

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You'll both be back at half-eleven for another look at the stories

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