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Conte. They are champions again. Frank Ross, it is good night.

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Welcome to The Papers. We are joined by Steven blush, special

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correspondent for the new statesman, and Ian Martin, columnist for The

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Times. Welcome to you both. The front pages are dominated by the

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cyber attack. Hospitals paralysed after cyber hackers held the NHS to

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ransom in an unprecedented global attack. The daily Mirror highlights

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A units vehicles and operations cancelled as they say hackers who is

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NHS to ransom. Ambience is diverted and staff turning to pen and paper

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after computers and phone lines were in lockdown. According to The Times,

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patients weekend of chaos as security services hold an

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international criminal gang. The Sun reports the statement by Theresa May

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the patient records have not been compromised. The Daily Telegraph as

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doctors when lives are at risk. The cyber attackers have been linked to

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Russia. It carries an interview with Boris Johnson who says Russia might

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be attempting to sabotage the general election. The Guardian

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suggests up to 40 hospitals in the UK and GP surgeries have been

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affected. It reports a political story, quoting from an interview it

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has with the deputy leader of Labour, Tom Watson, whose as the

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party is determined to turn its poll numbers around. I am sure to put

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this spelling mistakes in just the fox me. Let's start with the cyber

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attack. The Financial Times, NHS hackers used stolen cyber weapons

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from US spy agency. Supposedly this has come from the national security

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agency in America. It seems to be something called eternal blue, which

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was developed by Kers spies and stolen and has been used to

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supercharge the hand of this mysterious kind of hackers. It is a

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massive story. It cuts right through the UK general election and is one

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of those stories which raises a lot of questions about how prepared the

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NHS was, about basic questions about fundamental cyber security, which

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the government will be quite nervous about. A lot of experts we have been

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speaking to sink the NHS was not the target here. It just got caught up

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in this ransomware which was sent out and, unfortunately, it had an

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effect on the health service. The big questions which will be raised

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is this weapon, built by the US security service and sold online and

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then used by hackers. Questions will be raised here, we have known about

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this problem for a while. Microsoft has a free patch available to fix

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that problem. If it hasn't been installed at the NHS than people

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have been lax or you have people in the NHS is still using old operating

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systems. 90% of hospitals are using a system which wind was not greeted

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new security for 30 years. It is a story of underinvestment and IT

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infrastructure and the powers we give to the GCHQ and the NSA to

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build weapons like this and with any other weapon, once they are built,

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they can be bought and sold by anyone. The Daily Mail sent some

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hackers cripple the NHS. Operations were cancelled, ambulances had to be

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diverted, but it seems like a lot of staff responded incredibly fast to

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try to mitigate and reduce a lot of the impact it could have had. That

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is exactly it. There seems to have been a plan, a good contingency plan

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in place and it seems to have worked. I think what is not quite

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clear, it is not even clear to the government yet, for and what of the

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knock-on effects are into next week. I think people will be very tolerant

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and patient over the course of the weekend, but we will have to see

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when we get a Monday or Tuesday how convincingly this system has coped

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and how well the government answers the questions. Why were warnings

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ignored? Does the article explain what those warnings were coming

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from? I am not sure it does. It is not in the paper. The Guardian have

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stuff about warnings. The ex-assume it is about the vulnerability of

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older versions of Windows and we have known of these exist in the NHS

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because of the lung problem across various governments and different

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parties of Whitehall not being able to build its own pay-TV, so the

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advice of off-the-shelf, but you have to keep buying them what you

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have well-known vulnerabilities and it looks as if that might be the

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source of the NHS possible problems in this attack. Depending on which

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party you are, it looks as if the NHS is once again not having the

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investment it needs. Not the number of doctors and nurses, but the IT

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seem to be some suggestions that seem to be some suggestions that

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rather basic things which should have been done were not done. That

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will come out in the wash and there will be a Parliamentary enquiry and

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it is a serious subject. I should point out that it is a global

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problem and this has had 74 countries already. Chinese

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newspapers are talking about Chinese universities being affected. 60

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major health facilities in the US. It is not an exclusively British

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problem. In Spain there is a telecommunications company, the

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state-owned oil company in Brazil. They are affected as well. Who were

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the real target? They were asking for a bit coin as a ransom, if you

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want your data back and unencrypted, you have got to pay some money. Very

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probably it is getting money, rather than attacking any specific nation

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or government. It is an attack of cybercrime, rather than cyber

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terrorism. Probably they were just looking to see who out there was

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still vulnerable to the eternal blue full mobility and everyone watching

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this programme will know that in most offices, computers are replaced

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when they break down. Most of us will have ageing computers until

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they die. They will be hitting it to see if it works. Hackers hold NHS to

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ransom is the headline in the Telegraph. It is so difficult, if

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not impossible, to track who is responsible for these attacks. Very

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difficult. A global manhunt underway and this is presented very much as

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though the experts at GCHQ who are among the best in the field, as

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though they are leading the hunt, but I am sure lots of intelligence

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agencies will be involved. One practical concern that the Telegraph

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raises is just this question of medical records. That includes

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things like cancer diagnosis. Does the system have the ability to

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update the data that has lost that has been recently collected and

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people will want urgent answers on this in the next few days. Hopefully

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it has all been backed up somewhere. Stay with the Telegraph. Boris warns

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of Putin meddling in an election. Some interesting quotes. He covers a

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lot of ground in this article. He talks about the fact that Putin

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would be delighted with the Corbyn Wen, the threat of cyber hacking and

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the idea of the election is not a foregone conclusion. He talks about

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it being a realistic possibility that Putin will be involved in the

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election and talks about seeing it in America and France. There is a

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question to be had about whether it is a realistic chance in this

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election, as the election is not particularly close. To be honest, it

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is hard to see who the candidate Putin wouldn't be happy with in this

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election is. Jeremy Corbyn is very sceptical about American

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intervention abroad, Putin isn't that. Theresa May wants to take this

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out of the EU with what looks like a hard Exeter, Putin is quite into

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that as well. That isn't actually a foreign policy concern for the

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Kremlin. Vladimir Putin does have the sense of humour, but I don't

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think even he thinks he would stand a chance of making Jeremy Corbyn

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Prime Minister. It is an indication of how desperate the Conservatives

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are to hype up this idea of Corbyn as a threat, because that is the

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biggest threat, the idea of people thinking the election is already

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settled, that the Tories have a large majority test and. The concern

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is some people might not vote. Boris talking about the risk of the

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Russians subverting British democracy, which sounds rather

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unlikely. There are figures here from a survey of 40,000 voters by

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Lord Ashcroft which suggests an enormous landslide victory, if that

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poll is correct. It suggested a majority of 162 to 180 seats for the

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Tories. Bigger than Tony Blair's record majority in 1997, slightly

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bigger than the polls. In terms of the liver of food dissolving outside

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the cities, kind of what we would expect. Let's look at the Guardian.

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Don't turn may into Thatcher once Tom Watson. Above that, a man

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inspecting the bottom of the bus. Theresa May is looking for the C

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word. He means conservative. They are not mentioning Conservative,

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they are mentioning Theresa May. Tom Watson is essentially saying this is

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a coded leadership version of what Ben Bradshaw and various other MPs

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have been saying. Vote Labour to prevent a massive landslide and try

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to rescue some seats. He is warning that it will be very difficult to

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hold the Tories to account in the Commons if they have a majority of

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the order Margaret Thatcher had. It was 140 odd sheets, 100 seats in

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1983. It is fascinating to see this. The Conservatives themselves almost

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can't believe it. You see the power of this brand, whether you are

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sceptical about Theresa May or not. That picture you have added there,

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they would Conservatives is in tiny letters on the door on the side of

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the bus and the rest of it is hoped on Theresa May, her personality, her

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signature and the Tories are astonished by how well she has

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connected. There is a question of whether that will endure after the

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election. For the moment, she allows them to push into all expected

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territory. Jeremy Corbyn are talking about not being a pacifist and would

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use military action as a last resort and it would be bomb first talk

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litter pickers in his view that hasn't worked. That message will

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appeal to people, would it? That is their hope. Part of the context of

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that speech is the Labour MPs, Labour candidates, on the doorstep

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are worried that they don't have a strong line on security. One thing

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Jeremy was trying to do was think I am not a pacifist, there are

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situations in which I would use military force to cauterise that

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particular one. There is fatigued with foreign adventures, but people

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regard Theresa May as safe and stable, to use her own message. We

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shouldn't really keep repeating it? Should we? In any case, people

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regard Theresa May as someone who would do that anyway. That message

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would cut through and as they turn people around on Theresa May. The

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Conservatives can always say they don't have a coherent policy on

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security and defence. They want to rethink everything. The lines are so

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easy for Conservative Central office to draft you might suspect Jeremy

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Corbyn was a Tory agent. It is that easy on defence, patriotism,

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pacifism and all the rest of it. It is too easy for the Tories. What you

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are about to see and what happened today and is reflected in this

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coverage, the Tories are going on the attack now and using her

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personally to attack Corbyn and that is using the trust she has the

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hammer home the point. It is only just begun. They will turn up the

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volume. Let's finish with the times and a picture of the Chelsea

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manager, Antonio Conte, looking rather pleased after Chelsea won the

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Premier League by beating West Brom 1-0 at the hawthorns. You are not

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rejoicing around this table. I am not a football fan, but these

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Chelsea chaps seem to have one and well done. I am an Arsenal fan and

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very unhappy. Only one year ago, is it really a year ago, I was

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celebrating the fact that Leicester City had won. That was a romantic

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fairy tale. Just cast your mind back. That's it for The Papers

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denied. On the front pages are online on the BBC website. You can

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watch the programme on the BBC I

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