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than the pro-Brexit seats, who have a double hill to climb, if you like,

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but Labour MPs are not happy today. We have two very senior journalists

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here, much better than those two! It here, much better than those two! It

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is good to see you both. We'll have a full edition of The

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Papers at 11:30, but Laura Perrins, co-editor of political website

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the Conservative Women, and Joe Watts, political

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editor at the Independent, This is an amuse-bouche of the

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papers before the news, why did she do it? A reluctant decision, but

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certainly the right decision for the country, because what this general

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election will do, if the Conservatives win it, it will

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strengthen her negotiating position against Brussels in the Brexit

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negotiations. Secondly, it will bring stability to the economy, we

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have already seen sterling rise today on calling this election, and,

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thirdly, it will bring certainty for thirdly, it will bring certainty for

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at least five years, which will go through the negotiations and after,

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so the right decision for the country. OK, Joe, the front page of

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the Daily Telegraph, May's bolt of the blue, what do you think? Well, I

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think it is a good idea for her, strategically speaking, she will be

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really reluctant about accepting a landslide victory and all those

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extra seats to let her do what you once. She very clearly talks in this

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piece about bringing forward her vision of Brexit, you know, she is

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very clearly putting the focus on her. She has seen the opinion polls,

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and she has seen not only how far her party is ahead, but also how far

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she is ahead of Jeremy Corbyn. She is putting the focus on her, it will

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be about her, pushing through her version of Brexit. And while there

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is this big push to suggest that she very recently and reluctantly made

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this decision, just in the last few days, there has clearly been an

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element of contingency planning, even if the final decision was not

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made until recently. A lot of thought has gone into this decision.

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Briefly onto the Daily Mirror, the lady is for U-turning, so can she be

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trusted? It is important to remember that it is not just a question of

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what she likes in terms of Brexit, she is going back to the people yet

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again, essentially, for a mandate for Brexit. I mean, up until now,

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there were certain factions on the political left asking for a second

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referendum. They have essentially got that, and yet they are still not

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happy. It is very clear that it will be the people who decide, it will be

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the people's mandate that gives the go-ahead in relation to how to

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negotiate on Brexit. I mean, she cannot be criticised for calling

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Aidan McArdle held election. That is what the Micras years. -- for

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calling a critically held election. Theresa May has characterised this

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as the Brexit election, bad news for Labour? Their Brexit policy is all

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over the shop! Theresa May, very much to the detriment of Ukip, has

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made the Tory party the party of Brexit, taking the harder stance is

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that people in her party wanted. The Lib Dems are calling for a second

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referendum, and Labour is caught in referendum, and Labour is caught in

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the middle with some northern seats where the population were very much

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for Brexit, and some seats in south London and other areas where the

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seats were very much pro Remain. So they have a difficult tightrope to

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walk, and it does not make for a very clear manifesto message. Very

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briefly, the Financial Times, May calls snap election to strengthen

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hand in Brexit talks. That is what this is about. Absolutely, and if

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you are British and working and employed in Britain, you want your

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Prime Minister to have the strongest hand possible when going into

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negotiations. You want your team playing their best players, and that

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is what this election will give her. All right, that was the starter, the

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main courses at 11:30. Now time for a look at the weather with Tomasz

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Schafernaker. A lot of clear weather this evening,

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temperatures falling rapidly, we are in for a frost across central and

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southern areas of the UK tonight. Last night, Scotland was the coldest

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place, down to

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