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to spend more on cycling and road safety measures.


Labour has issued formal warning to members of its front-bench team


who disobeyed Jeremy Corbyn's order to vote for Brexit.


The MPs won't be sacked but they have been asked


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


With me are Jo Phillips, the political commentator,


Welcome back to this country. It is lovely to come back to the grey


weather. I have missed it so much. And Nigel Nelson, Political Editor


of the Sunday Mirror First up the Observer -


it's reporting what it calls 'unprecedented criticism' by a group


of leading retired bishops over the Church of England's


stance on lesbian, gay While the Mail on Sunday looks back


at the supposed exchange between Diane Abbott


and the Brexit Secretary David Davis - that's said to have


happened after the vote The Sunday Telegraph focuses


on Commons Speaker John Bercow and his controversial comments


about Donald Trump's visit - also mentioning there


that the President may go to areas of the UK that voted


heavily to leave the EU. The Sunday Express is also looking


ahead to that visit and says Mr Trump will Wspeak to the peopleW


at a stadium rally with the proceeds It's domestic politics for the lead


in the Sunday Times - and it says secret succession


planning is underway for the next


Labour Leader after Jeremy Corbyn - Everyone seems to be except in that


President Trump is coming. I think he is. This is an exclusive story by


Caroline Wheeler. Saying Donald Trump will snub Parliament and speak


to the people. He will do a big rally somewhere outside of London,


probably in Birmingham, Cardiff or somewhere else. A big, secure venue.


I imagine the American secret services are probably pulling their


hair out at the thought of it to raise money for veterans. The couple


of things in this story. He was going to come during the summary


says anyway, which avoids the problem of him not speaking to


Parliament. Whether it is his remake to say I want to meet people are not


politicians. I am not sure what the precedent is for president is not


doing big rallies. Previously, Obama and Clinton have done stuff with


schools, arts and charities. I do not see why he cannot do that. State


visits are not set in stone. There seems not to be a reason why not. It


is looking more like the end of summer when Parliament is in recess.


One of the ideas we gather is that he might have been able to come at


the same time as the Tory Party conference and they might have got


him up there to address them. That would have been a rally of some


sort. David Cameron is very keen on Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New


York. I think they have abandoned that idea. They have decided


was too much controversy. I think was too much controversy. I think


the state visit will go ahead. All particularly intriguing because of


the remarks from John Burke in the the remarks from John Burke in the


House of Commons putting them back in the spotlight. It has cast doubt


over the future of his job. What do you make of the story on the front


of the Telegraph? I think you have answered it by saying back in the


spotlight. That is where he likes to be. This is a new row. Apparently


John Birt coe was doing a talk to students at Reading University. --.


He declared he had voted remain. He spoke very politically. We all know


that the speaker is supposed to be apolitical, even though they come


from one of the main parties. Once you become the Speaker, you put


aside those foolish things. He's stands unopposed as well. That is


the tradition. I think probably this is slightly more damaging than his


comments about Donald Trump. Why does it matter? For people who see


the Speaker, a lot of people only see him at Prime Minister's


Questions. Why does it matter what his views are and if he expresses


them? Effectively years chairman of a big meeting, isn't he? I am not


sure that John Kaziranga National Park would like that description of


him. Someone like John Bercow is incredibly powerful. -- that John


Bercow. In one sense it is right. He is the one person in the country in


a position to throw the Prime Minister out of the House of Commons


if necessary. Absolute power is right. That seems to have led him to


make the astonishing outburst about Donald Trump in the first place. Is


it astonishing if so many MPs share that view? Is he representing the


view of the majority in the House of Commons? If he wanted to represent


the views of MPs coming he could have engineered a vote. There will


be a debate about Donald Trump addressing parliament. That will


take place in Westminster Hall if the Speaker tried to introduce that


in the main chamber there would have been a vote and that would have can


is the opinion of MPs. That could have given him cover. He wants to be


the person to say it. I am sure the Queen, with all her years of


experience, is more dealing with a state visit from


someone that perhaps she may not welcome as much a sum and she has


something more in common with. We have had Mugabe, we have had the


Bahraini and is, the Chinese. It is not like we strangers to people we


do not agree with. I sure the Queen could have organised state banquet.


You do not hear about the Queen being a remain or a Brexiteer, do


you? I know lots of people think that the House of Commons is very


old-fashioned. It is. It is those things, there are plenty of ways of


dealing with these things without you having to be personal. You have


both been knocking around Westminster for quite awhile. You


have seen a series of Speakers in the nicest possible way. You have


seen a range of speakers that you go back to Jack whether or, before. Is


John Bercow so unusual. Has he done things differently? One thing he has


tried to do is try to modernise the place. He has brought in a young


family. That is something people do not remember before. I think it is


rather uncomfortable for him. He has tried to do that. What he has


achieved quite a bit is to stand up for the right of backbenchers. We


have made sure they can get their voices heard and it is not just the


top was a good classes in government and opposition. Will he still be in


a year's time question I think he will. If they voted no confidence in


him in the next week it would fail. In the Observer, the Church of


England is back. The Synod. Simek with a meet this week, that is the


ruling body of the Church of England. -- They meet this week.


This is a row which has come from quite a group of retired bishops,


actually very prominent bishops, including people like Peter Selby,


the former Bishop of Worcester and the former Bishop of Oxford. That is


why most people would know these names. They are people who have


Gravett as and background. They have written basically to the ruling soon


odd and said, you are talking the talk about being more inclusive on


gay marriage and LGB TU rights but you are not walking the walk.


The fact it is coming from very respected, sensible figures in the


Church of England is why it is significant. The Church of England


seems to March 20 years behind the rest of the country. We have only


recently had a woman bishop. They have been arguing about it for


years. Women clergy for nearly 40 years. It took that long to get


there. Now we're having the argument over lesbian and gay rights. Again


the country has moved on. When gay marriage was introduced when David


Cameron really stuck his neck out. He put his political future on the


line. The country was perfectly happy with that. That is what the


church has to realise. It is not a huge issue. We are running out of


time to stop want to jump ahead a couple of stories to a cartoon on


the front of the Daily Telegraph. It has been a week of not very good


news. Not very good news about the National Health Service. We have


done a week of broadcasting in the BBC but there have been lots of


other stories about what the experience is like for staff and for


patients. Matt, always reliable on the front of the Telegraph. Tell us


about it. A chap turns around and talks to his wife. He has a great


package in his hand. That is a 1000 piece jigsaw. He says I am taking


this with me in case I have an accident and end up in A We do


need a laugh sometimes. I hope neither of you have been in hospital


recently. No, I have not. Not at all. We have come in for a paper


review. How are you with jigsaw puzzles? Very good. I love them. I


will take a load of books into AMD with me. I think. -- A Do stay


tuned. Thanks to Nigel and joke with the both of you will be back at 11th


are. Coming next, Reporters.


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