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From all of us at the BBC sports Centre, good night.


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


With me are the Political Commentator Jane Merrick,


and Ben Riley-Smith, Assistant political editor


We will have a look at the front pages, but breaking news. It has


been announced that the former First Minister of Wales has died. He was


77. Rhodri Morgan was elected as an MP in 1987 and became an assembly


member when the assembly was created in 1999. He was widely credited with


bringing stability to the assembly after a turbulent start to the new


institution. His predecessor -- his successor, Carwyn Jones said they


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...


Plans to means test pensioners who receives the winter fuel


allowance in order to fund social care is the Telegraph's main story.


It's also on the front page of the Eye which claims


millions of people will lose their winter fuel allowance.


The allegations swirling around Donald Trump make the headlines


The Metro claims assets of up to ?100,000 will be ring-fenced


to try to try to stop elderly people having to sell their homes


May's plan for a fairer Britain is the headline


It is a seemingly ringing endorsement of the Prime Minister's


plans. But the Times takes a different tack saving thousands will


be hit by new care costs. The Daily Mail speaks to those worried about


paying for nursing homes by the headline, you will not have to sell


your home to pay for your care. The Sun focuses on different Tory plans


that says they will target those to squeeze cash from ordinary, working


families. The Telegraph, middle-class loose winter fuel.


It sounds like, and we were talking about this earlier, another policy


lifted from David Miliband. It is. Arguably tomorrow is the most


important day of selection so far. It is the programme of government


and Theresa May is on course for victory and she has a huge package


of measures which includes something that Ed Miliband promised in 2015.


At the moment pensioners get ?200 for a winter fuel payment, or ?300


if you are over 18. Nearly all of those pensioners will lose that


money except the poorest. It is an interesting raid on Labour


territory. Will it go down well? There is a mixed response from the


papers. It is interesting that it is not a big thumbs up, but actually


something saying you will have to take some of the pain. We need to


find this money somehow. Theresa May clearly understand some people will


be concerned about where the money will come from because she says


people are sceptical of politicians who claim to have easy answers to


deep, complex problems and it is a responsibility for leaders to be


clear with people. She is setting I am a no-nonsense, sensible


politician and we have a care crisis and is right that some people get


free fuel payments, it is better to take that counts and fund it into


social care. It plays into the whole I am Mrs sensible idea, I am in


control, I know what I am doing, trust me on this, it will be good


for you. The Daily Express talk about Theresa May's plan for a


fairer Britain. Many people will see this as fair. There are some


middle-class pensioners who say, I do not need to have ?200, it is


quite nice, but if that is a gap in the social care budget of more than


?2 billion, some people will have to pay for that. What the Tory party


are making clear is that this money will go towards social care funding,


it will not be spent on anything else, it is tailored for poorer


pensioners. That is what they are saying. The proof of the pudding for


her critics will be in the eating. This is the front page of the Daily


Express. Tory manifesto pledge to tackle crisis in social care. The


Daily Express believe it is a fair policy, that is how they are pushing


it. The winter fuel payments is one part of a wider care package on


social care. Some things will be cheered by pensioners, but other


things will leave them worse off. If you currently get your care at home,


the value of your home is not counted and the state tries to work


out how wealthy you are and will not support you. But under the Tory


plans, your homes will be included and some rich pensioners will have


to pay more. This is the Tories eventually putting a level on what


you will have to pay in social care. You are guaranteed 100 grand to pass


on to your children if you are a wealthy pensioner. They will never


eat into below that pot. In the Daily Mail they are framing it as


the core of your home will not be cut out either state and that is an


interesting way of framing it. It is interesting because what she is


making clear he is that for those middle-class earners there will be


stuff in this for you. I think this is fair actually. David Cameron was


urged to scrap benefits for wealthier pensioners several times


and he resisted this and in the 2015 manifesto he protected birds. This


is Theresa May really making a break with the David Cameron manifesto.


They are doing other things like scrapping the triple lock and it is


a real clean break from David Cameron's government. Is there a


sense she is appealing to those working-class voters as well in


those constituencies up north. We know she has been spending a lot of


time up there since the campaign began. Is there a sense she is


trying to reach out to them in a concerted way? Definitely. One of


the interesting things is why did David Cameron promise this in 2010


and 2015. They were unbelievably tight elections. Every vote counted.


Theresa May has a lead of 15 or 20 points in the polls and can be a bit


more free. Pensioners are those who vote and I can look at it a bit more


straight. We are happy to take away from some wealthy people who get


fuel payments and push that cash back into something that helps the


wider society. That is the way the sun is framing it. But in the Times,


thousands hit by care costs. Elderly pensioners will pay more, the triple


lock ditched. It is interesting how the papers on the right, even though


they are by and large idea logically to the right of centre politically,


they do take different tax within different stories. It is interesting


and Theresa May has a pretty fair wind in the press at the moment. The


times are being slightly more critical of different measures. We


were talking about the social care measures and there are different


ways to look at it. There will be winners and losers. The times have


also picked up about the universal, free school lunches for four to


seven-year-olds. It was an Nick Clegg idea. They will be scrapped.


This is another thing that people were saying that middle-class


children do not need. It is a huge cost. Instead part of the money will


be used to pay for breakfast for all primary school children which is a


much more important anti-poverty issue because you get people who


need food at the start of the day so they can concentrate on lessons. Do


you think she will get away with raising national insurance? She has


opened the door. The reason she got hammered in the budget earlier in


the year is she directly broke a promise they put in their manifesto


in 2015. They are not making that promise again. If she can justify


that today, then fine, and people cannot say you promised to the


public, it was a few years ago. The elderly spared the pain of seeing


their homes sold. It is very interesting to see how the papers


are looking through different prisms when it comes to the various


policies. We may get the Liberal manifesto. Is it confirmed tomorrow?


Let's go to the Financial Times. Mr Trump and Mr Trump and Theresa May


and Philip Hammond. Theresa May raises doubts on Philip Hammond. I


suspect a bit of betting is going on as to whether he will survive the


first few weeks of Theresa May administration she wins. If she gets


to introduce all those measures and to introduce all those measures and


a mandate over her own conservative policies and she will be able to do


what she wants. There is talk that Michael Gove might be brought back


into the Cabinet. Philip Hammond is vulnerable because there are leaks


about him swearing. She admitted it today. Extraordinary body language


in their press conference today and they were being asked questions


about their relationship. The one word of caution is ultimately she


says and she knows she is the only one who knows if this will happen.


It is interesting when you talk to people who know them both, they were


both Oxford University contemporaries for two years ago and


people say they are the same type of Tory, they are largely low tax,


possibly both drier, less showy politicians of the same era. A


generation above George Osborne and David Cameron and Theresa May does


not have close political friends, but he would be among them. What is


important for Brexit if that Hammond would want to pay back any hard


Brexit, whereas if Michael Gove was brought back into... He would be


full throttle. That would be the kind of sob she would feel she would


need to make to those voters who may have put her over the top anyway.


The Tories were split 50-50 on Brexit. If she had an entire cabinet


of purely hard Brexiteer is, how would that go down with people like


Nicky Morgan? One of those might come back, who knows? Very quickly,


Donald Trump. His escalating crisis on the front page. One Democrat in


the Congress has come out and said, we need to start impeachment


proceedings. We are nowhere near that. I do not think so. Impeachment


has to go through the House of representatives and the Senate, both


of which are currently controlled by the Republicans. In the immediate


future probably not. The interesting thing is mid-term after days and


days of damaging headlines. Some people might be thinking, how can we


move away from Donald Trump? It is a pretty high bar and it has only


happened twice to two presidents. John McCain has said something


today, but Nancy Pelosi has not said anything. They are not really


pouncing out. If you go for all-out impeachment, this has to get through


the Republican party. The Democrats are not united. It is such a high


bar, but each new day brings a new scandal. It is getting to the point


where he will be tweeting quite soon.


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.


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