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

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With me are Pippa Crerar, Political Correspondent

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at the London Evening Standard, and Michael Booker, Deputy Editor

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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The Financial Times, which leads on what it says

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is Theresa May's break with the Tories's Thatcherite past

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The Telegraph calls it Theresa May's "manifesto for the mainstream"

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as she promises to make Britain fairer.

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Tomorrow's Express ramps up the fighting talk over the UK's

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The Mirror says May will strip 10 million pensioners

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of their winter fuel payments and warns of possible Tory tax rises

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The Times is another paper to focus on Theresa May's bid to win voters

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from right and left as she launches her manifesto

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The Guardian's front page features the latest photo of Chelsea Manning,

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the first released since the former US

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soldier was released from military prison

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after being convicted of leaking secrets.

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The Daily Mail is a paper unashamedly saying what it thinks of

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the Tory manifesto. It is astonishingly supportive, even

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reverential. I was quite taken aback when I saw this because even though

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it has been very supportive of Theresa May, especially over the

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last few days, ahead of the manifesto launch, she can do no

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wrong. All you need to do is compare this to what would happen if David

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Cameron was Prime Minister and he announced some of the policies she

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did today, you can imagine what the Daily Mail might say about the

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elderly's homes being sold off to pay for care and getting rid of

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winter fuel allowance. And yet, Theresa May receives plaudits for

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her practical pledges rather than unrealistic, eye-catching promises.

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A lot of this comes down to the comment box in the middle, which is

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the word moral. And the fact that the editor of the Daily Mail has a

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real admiration for her sense of being... This image of her being

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very sensible and stable, she is a Christian, she is not afraid of

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taking on business, she talks about the just about managing. It is

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pragmatism, it is what she's trying to. I used to like it when they used

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to lie to us, but across the newspapers, apart from the mirror,

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it has been very well received and there is this idea that, in

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newspaper land, people are getting sick of everything going to be fine

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and by putting this out there in the manifesto, that there will be tough

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decisions and we are all together in this, we're not the nasty party any

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more, it is mainstream Britain, or we are all going in one direction

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and there will be no lurch to the right any more, trying to get some

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of those Labour voters on side. She started the day in Halifax in a

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Labour constituency so it is oiled cleverly done. So she has done the

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job. Take is to the Telegraph. You used the word mainstream and it is

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one they are picking up with. It will be a word they will keep on

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mentioning as we go towards the election date itself, they are

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looking to go away from this, we are all being selfish and individual are

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now part of one big society. It is that sort of theme. They are

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reaching out to Labour voters, desperately trying to convince them,

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you may not have voted for us, but we have got your interests at heart,

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we have looked at what the left have been talking about, energy caps and

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things like that, something the Thatcherites have never die in the

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past, and we will look at doing things like that. They are throwing

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out the sweeties to potential Labour voters and they will have this great

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meritocracy, but there are some families who will miss out, there

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are still a lot of people who are just about managing who rely on

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getting a house of the parents. When this is passed on, he rely on it.

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That is a generational issue. But quite a few people are not rubbing

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their hands with glee, waiting for people to die, but the own way they

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can get onto the property ladder is this house is. I think the fact that

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she launched the manifesto in Halifax on the up. It is is it

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writing Labour heartland in the north of Yorkshire although the

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Conservatives are not starting at the heel of labour, the majority

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there is only 128. And Theresa May has been going around marginals,

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seats that are in very traditional Labour areas. Chris Grayling was in

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Bolsover, Dennis Skinner's seat. The fact that conservatives are even

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considering doing well in these places says a huge amount. The FT

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referencing Labour voters. And the fact she is breaking with

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Thatcherite faith and going centrist. Theresa May 15 years ago

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stood up in front of a Tory party conference and said, we're no longer

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the nasty party. That was a very significant message and how she

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thought about and said, 15 years on, she's moving towards the. The

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Conservatives have led the Blair message which is unique to occupy

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the centre ground to win and win big. People are aware she is a

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landslide ahead. It seems an ideal time to make difficult choices. She

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was asked at the launch whether she was a Thatcherite. She is not

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rejecting that out right but she is not saying... She does not want to

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avoid with the Thatcherites. We mentioned the mirror. We must make

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sure we give it a fair crack. They are not happy! This I did a 10

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million pensioners will lose the winter fuel payments is something

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the mirror can jump on. There was not a lot of legroom for them to get

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much in this manifesto that they have jumped on this and rightly so.

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When they say will be pensioners, we still do not have that definition of

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what that is. There are those people who are not wondering around in

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diamond encrusted shoes. Some people do rely on this is that little bit

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extra to see them through. They made not beyond the breadline but it may

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be something they are accustomed to. But it is part of that package of

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tough decisions because a lot of people think, I do not see myself

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voting for Jeremy Corbyn. It paves the way for tax rises, there is that

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element of this. There is room for manoeuvre. She has not recommitted

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to the David Cameron pledge not to put up NI. Only VAT. So whoever wins

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the election, the prospect of tax going up is a very real one. Oh,

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brilliant! We must go to the express. David Davis, he used to be

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Brexit secretary, he is talking about how Theresa May has assured

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the EU the Briton means business. He has also said she has managed to put

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them back in the box after those leaks recently about the various

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talks we have been having already, and he is determined, he says, we

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still have on the table this idea we will walk away with no deal. He says

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he spends half his time working on the no Deal deal. Interestingly, he

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is talking about this idea that there was a suggestion that no

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senior ministers back a pledge to reduce annual migration below

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100,000, he says that absolutely wrong. It is not mention anyone else

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though. Maybe he is not classed as a senior minister! I think he will

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have a different opinion. Pepper, this is from back to the Daily Mail.

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Referencing the ITV debate that has been on this evening, which included

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five party leaders, not the main two, and they had been scathing

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about that. The Daily Mail... Have you seen the debate tonight? Oh,

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that debate. A debate like this, prime-time TV debate without the

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leaders of the two main leaders will not be compulsive essential viewing

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for that many people. The most they have managed to pick out is the fact

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that Paul Nuttall had to be told off because he called Leanne Wood

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Natalie, and did the same thing to Caroline Lucas, presumably referring

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to the previous Green Party leader. There was a chance for them to stand

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out. It does sound as though they were just reading prepared answers.

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There was a chance for someone to step up there, make a name for

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themselves and put a good case forward. Nicola Sturgeon has a

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reputation as being a really effective performer. Tim Farron was

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the one probably that desperately needed to show he was capable of

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being a strong voice, a strong leader, because the Lib Dems are

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really not managing to get to this resurgence they have talked so much

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about. In a poll today, they have halved the level of support. It is

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like a boxing match without the opposition. They are swiping at the

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end nothing is coming back. One last Tory, London city's air traffic has

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gone virtual. Terrifying! I travelled in the City Airport just

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on Wednesday and it has got a very steep descent into the airport

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anyway. There are no real people there. Computer hackers...

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Technology going wrong. We give everything over the technology. How

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panicky do we get when we go to the supermarket and we end up in the

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place where there are those tills are no people the? Aeroplanes are

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largely flown by computers anyway. We like to pretend they are not. I

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feel greatly reassured there is a pilot. You asked a guy who landed

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the Hudson unusual, you did it himself. You are quite right. I

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watch a film only a few weeks ago, it was very good. We have run out of

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time, thank you both very much indeed. You can see the front pages

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of the papers online. And if you mist the programme, you can watch it

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later on the BBC iPlayer. The weather has been turning more

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unsettled over the

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