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


With me are Kate Proctor, political correspondent


at The London Evening Standard and the Broadcaster, John Stapleton.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


The Times leads with the apparent chemical attack that killed at least


The I leads goes with the same story, noting that a hospital


The Metro also goes with the attack in Syria, saying children


The Financial Times reports women are under-represented at the top


The Express claims that an increase in the number of people eating


take-aways could lead to a rise in diabetes.


The Telegraph leads with news that the government will help people


who brought diesel cars and are now facing higher tax bills.


The Guardian reports on dangerously high levels of air


The Daily Mail has the same story and shows a Spanish ship leading a


smaller boat away from Gibraltar. on dangerously high levels of air


pollution near schools. John, perhaps he would start is with


the awful story from Syria. The picture from the metro says it all


with a small baby with a mask on its face. We have got used to these


horrific images from Syria. But these pictures are amongst the worst


we have ever seen. These are people, including at least 11 children who


were murdered in their sleep. One expert I was hearing early in the


day, a British Doctor Who has worked out there said 58 deaths so far, but


in opinion he could be over a thousand given the ferocity of these


chemical agents, in circumstances like this. Syria denies any


involvement. Russia says it wasn't them, but we know this has happened


before. Syria was told some time ago to clear its factory, as it were, of


these agents, apparently it appears it didn't do so. All the papers are


covering it, Kate, but the Telegraph saying deadly chemical strike in


Syria puts pressure on US position and that is the complication about


the story, people conned them quickly, but where do we go from


here? It will be a test of Obama -- Donald Trump because Obama didn't


act previously. We don't know what the red lines are. He has used


strong language condemning the attack and no one should access this


in a world. In terms of what he's going to do next, it is unknown. And


his relationship with Putin, that will be a test of that. He has made


such a big play about how he admires Putin in some sense and Putin can


put that pressure on Assad. It will be interesting to see how he reacts,


whether it is through military means or a test of his diplomacy skills. I


don't know what we do about this. We have the opportunity a few years ago


to do it militarily and we decided not to do so. Most people would have


agreed with that because they didn't want to repeat a rack. But as that


cannot possibly continue to governess country, given what has


happened, but how do you get rid of him? I don't have the faintest idea.


John, let's go on to Ken Livingstone. You have a long history


with him, you are telling us? Yes, I have the dubious distinction of


being the first person to put Ken Livingstone on television and I


think it was in 1971 when he was a new Labour councillor before he came


leader of the GLC. I have known him a long time. Rarely of the front


pages. This business of him being in hot water. His remarks about Hitler


and Xeon is. Everybody expected him to be expelled, and he expected to


be expelled, but it is a suspension. It is a suspension from holding


office or representing the party at any level. He is still a member and


can attend branch meetings and vote in ballots. His parliamentary


colleagues are complaining saying it is making a mockery of the zero


tolerance approach by the Labour Party to anti-Semitism. Ken


Livingstone said he is not guilty of anti-Semitism and they did not find


me guilty. It is a sensitive business, but the Jewish community


to grave offence? They really did. I would just say that the sanctions he


has been given here make no difference to him, because I spoke


to him recently and he almost indicated he has semi retired and


doesn't want to hold office. I don't think he is pursuing to become an


MP. The head of young Labour in London has said, Ken Livingstone


doesn't represent her views. She is a Jewish lady. She was deeply hurt


by it. If she is the future of the Labour Party, people her age and her


generation say his views are not reflective of how they feel and you


have the support people like that. They are the future of the party and


they are putting their foot down and saying it is not OK. One of the


interesting elements about this, is Jeremy Corbyn should make his


position clear on this. Another example of the Labour Party emerging


not too well from a highly controversial issue. Jeremy Corbyn


in the headlines again himself when challenged by a reporter who said if


you are that concerned about what the Conservative government is


doing, why don't you consider resigning yourself and give the


Labour Party a chance? It didn't go down well. Every day, the Labour


Party is not getting good news for its image. There was confusion this


evening whether this was a true suspension, a qualified suspension.


It took a statement from him to sort it out. People are convinced this


issue with Ken Livingstone will have an impact Alecto orally and the


biggest indication will be the local elections coming up soon. Another


story, which a lot of newspapers have it in, we are going back to the


Daily Telegraph. This is the business of diesel cars. Kate, the


headline says hand-outs for diesel cars hits by toxin tax, what is it


about? A Labour initiative to encourage people to buy diesel cars


because they were deemed to be saved for environment. Ten years on, it


shows they are harmful vehicles and we have stacks of people in the


country who own one. It is how we try and go forward with this. You


work for the London Evening Standard and London has been picked out as


being polluted? We have campaigned heavily on clean air. Theresa May


has said, she has hinted at some sort of scrappage scheme might be on


the cards. If you have bought a diesel car, you might get some


compensation of financial help. My son has got a diesel van and he will


be delighted, to get some compensation from the government.


But how on earth will they work it out? How much compensation, for


which vehicles and what will they do if drivers dispute it. One of the


more interesting lines in the story, is in The Times version, or the


Telegraph, someone suggested if we eliminated the bumps in roads we


could do a lot to solve the problem of emissions. When diesel cars go


over these bonds, and I bet you didn't know this, they emit more


emissions. So if you get rid of the speed bumps, you can go some way to


solve the problem. On the same day the London mayor says... He has this


?24 charge, congestion charge and he is thought about extending it. Going


back to this big economic argument about this, looking up the inside


pages of The Times, they say it scrappage scheme would blow the


Chancellor's budget. It must be so? Absolutely, you cannot imagine the


cost. The last thing the government needs now while it is negotiating


Brexit, and there is a huge percentage of diesel car owners, I


have read somewhere 40% of car owners are diesel car owners.


Lorries are diesel, buses, some are green, but not very many. My son's


van. A major polluter because he drives over those bumps! It is a


problem. I wonder if the Prime Minister has said this off-the-cuff


and not done too much homework on it. I don't know. Very adventurous


idea. Let's go on. The Financial Times, women still missing out on


senior jobs in the finance industry. John, what have they discovered? A


survey done by the Financial Times has revealed when it comes to the


top jobs in the financial services industry, the big banks, insurers,


asset managers, only one in four of those positions are held by women.


Go down to the lower orders, 50% of their employees are female. 50% of


their employees in total in female, but only one in four females get


senior jobs. I am not amazed by this, there is a quote from one lady


who was asked to describe her role that it was a huge advantage for


clients from me being a woman, and a disadvantage internally. Suggesting


male chauvinism reigns inside these organisations. Saying that, we


should be careful because it would be interesting to see what the


results of an investigation into our own industry, into the media would


reveal in this regard. Your own newspaper, the editor has been


replaced by a man. That is correct. Does this surprise you, I presume


the figures don't? Later this week, the government is has got its gender


pay regulations, it is requiring companies to explain what their


gender difference is through the different layers of the firm and


that is happening towards the end of the week. That will be a cultural


shift and it will shine the spotlight on how many women are


employed at different levels. These are slow, incremental changes and


they will have a positive outcome in the end. But we are in the


21st-century. It is outrageous. I am not happy about it, but you have to


work with the baseline you have got. But there are some things being done


to help the situation. Very quickly, the Daily Telegraph is starring the


night, but peers call for an enquiry on BBC mumbling. I like it, I find


it atmospheric. The bill, you had to listen hard to Tom Hardy speaking.


-- the boot. And watching him at the same time. I was happy with


mumbling. It drives me nuts. It is not just the mumbling by the actors,


it is something to do with the flat screens as well. And also we are


getting old and we have got to admit that. I was watching one of my


favourite programmes, Line Of Duty and when there is music in the


background in particular, I hardly picked up a word. It has nothing to


do with the House of Lords. They have made their point. Julian


Fellowes on Downton Abbey and also house of cards, Lord Dobbs. He is a


BBC man. Too much mumbling all-round.


Don't forget you can see the front pages of the papers online


It's all there for you, seven days a week at


bbc.co.uk/papers - and if you miss the programme any


evening you can watch it later on BBC iPlayer.


Good evening. Things are looking good over the UK for the next few


days. High pressure building in and that will drive the weather front


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