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Hello, this is BBC News with Lukwesa Burak.


We'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment.


First, the headlines: President Trump celebrates


the signing of $350 billion worth of contracts between the US


and Saudi Arabia, on day one of his visit to the region.


Jeremy Corbyn insists his party is committed to Trident,


after members of the Shadow Cabinet publicly disagree over the issue.


The Tories defend their aim to cut net migration


to "tens of thousands", after it comes under fire from


Iran's newly re-elected president, Hassan Rouhani, says


he will use his second term to reach out to the world and work


The wedding has taken place of Pippa Middleton, the sister


Prince George was one of the page boys, while his sister


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


With me are Nigel Nelson, Political Editor of the Sunday


And the political commentator Jo Phillips.


Very good evening to both of you. Really looking forward to our chat.


First of all, tomorrow's front pages. Starting with the Telegraph,


I believe. Theresa May writes in


the the Sunday Telegraph that she'll tell Brussels that "money paid


in the past" by the UK must be taken into account


in the final divorce bill. The Sunday Times reports a Tory


wobble in the opinion polls, as cuts for elderly people slash


Theresa May's lead. It puts the Tories on 44%,


with Labour on 35%. The Observer reports that


Theresa May's school meals plan "to hit 900,000 poor children",


and there are concerns it could "The Dementia Tax Backlash"


is the Mail on Sunday's headline, as the paper reports a Survation


poll suggesting the Tories' lead has slipped by 5% after its pledge


to make elederly people pay for care - but they're still


12% ahead of Labour. Mummy Kate takes charge


on Pippa's big day", the picture headline


on the Sunday Express, is about Duchess of


Cambridge's sister's wedding. It is a lovely picture. We will come


to that later. Let's begin. Nigel and Jo, who is going to lead? Ladies


first! That Sarries we do Pugh! I'm going to get into trouble! I will


just sit back and! The Sunday Telegraph, as you were referring to


just now, this is an interview with Theresa May. And I have to say, they


have picked two bits that don't make it look like a very interesting


interview. The headline is it lose your gong if you dishonour it, says


PM. This is to raise a promising to crack down on people who have got


honours like knighthoods and what have you -- Theresa May. The way it


works at the moment is that if somebody is disgraced, I'm thinking


of Fred Goodwin, from the Royal Bank of Scotland, or Anthony Blunt,


people like that, it's all done behind closed doors. She wants a


more transparent process where people can be stripped of their


honours if they fall below the expected standard. I have to say, I


can't imagine that this is right at the forefront of people's minds as


we go into an election. Or what it means. If you strip someone of their


honour, does it matter if it is behind closed doors were out in the


open? Frankly, a lot of people are honoured, political stooges. There


are other problems as we head into the election. That, which is Brexit,


is at the bottom of the page in a very small story. Theresa May is


saying that money paid in the past must be taken into consideration.


She talks about the European investment bank and the investment


fund. It wouldn't make me rush out and buy a paper! No, it's very dull!


Moving on... Good blogger at! I've got the interesting story! It is


still Theresa May. But a very different angle. This is the front


page of The Times. Yes, indeed. The Sunday Times have a poll taken since


the Tory manifesto came out. What they are saying is that there is


now, this is sort of War Ball weekend for the Tories. On the poll,


the Tories are now on 44%, Labour on 35 -- a wobble weekend for the


Tories. Eight just so Mike -- just a 9-point lead for the Tories. The


Conservatives are down from an 18 point lead in just one week. It is


all down to what came out through the manifesto. It is all down to the


dementia tax, to taking away winter fuel allowance. When it comes to,


it's interesting, it was during the manifesto launched watch Theresa


May. She is so confident of winning this election, she felt she could do


something that was bound to lose her votes. And her biggest vote is in


the over-65s age group. They are the ones who go out and vote. She was


hoping to pick up the under 35 is by doing it on the basis that they tend


to go Labour. I wonder if the under 35s now they have realised they are


about to lose their inheritance if there are more dad gets ill and


stays at home, whether this is actually going to backfire? Make


them more engaged into the conversation as well. One would hope


so. Jeremy Corbyn is popular with young people, it will be interesting


to see how many of them actually turn out to vote. I mean, the poll,


as Nigel says, puts Labour at its highest standing since the last


general election. But it won't do the Tories any harm to have a wobble


like this. It will make them think. The terrible thing is, actually, and


as we go onto the next paper, which is exactly the big story of last was


the social care and the Inheritance Tax. If you are going to look at


trying to do something to solve the into generational difference where


you've got young people, they are either riddled with student debt or


they can't get on the housing ladder, and you've got wealthy,


older people living in houses that are too big and getting all sorts of


benefits. You've got a pension age raised, but that's not commencing


with the aid that many people get benefits like free bus passes and


stuff like that. -- the age that many it is bonkers and you have to


tackle it somehow. But however you tackle it you will get a backlash.


What it does do, and one of the figure the Sunday Times quotes is it


would mean that Theresa May would have a majority of 46. Only one week


ago we were looking at the three figure majority. You might have


been! Polls were looking at a three figure majority. The more that comes


down, it is better for the governance of Britain. A cake. It


doesn't much in any other parties, interestingly. Yes, it does. Let's


turn to the Mail. It is the dementia tax backlash is the headline. Again,


carrying on with this. We have got the elderly, dementia, do you want


to pick this up? It's very interesting, because this actually,


the Mail and the Express are almost interchangeable. I find it rather


offensive, actually, to call it a dementia tax. But, you know, this is


the idea that people who need social care in their own homes who


currently have to pay if they've got savings or income assets of over


?24,000. This is now going to quadruple under the Tory manifesto


plan, but it also takes into account the value of your house. But it is


capped at ?100,000, that is the lowest level. That is the floor. It


is a floor rather than a cap. But of course what that means is that


people will still have to sell their property in order to pay for their


care. That ties in very nicely to the front of the Express. The front


page really, it is just headlined at the very top, it is a front page


that we will becoming too. The headline we will be talking about


here is Labour's death tax bombshell. Interestingly, I was


listening to Radio 4 on my drive to work. It was Any Answers. Some of


the feedback that was coming from the Tory manifesto, in particular


things like, you know, losing some of the benefits, they were saying,


it is the embarrassment of having to go through a lot of these. You know,


the means testing. It is undignified, yes. Yes, and


dignified, and talking to the young and a lot of parents now saying, you


know, go out and build up the debt. Their fathers were saying, I know


this sounds terrible to be telling them this, but what's the point of


saving? It's all going to be stripped away from you. There is a


lot of backlash. As you were saying, the potential to lose a lot of their


core voters over this issue. That is why it is such an interesting thing


to do. We don't have the details and we don't actually know who these


various things are going to hit. But when... Sorry, are we doing the


Express? We are just finishing off the Express. The interesting thing


about this, this is an interview with Philip Hammond. He is attacking


them the other way. He's going for the death tax, which is Labour's


plans to halve the out of Inheritance Tax exemption from more


than ?800,000, ?850,000, to ?425,000. He says that homes owned


by people who've worked hard all of their lives, they've saved and


struggled, put something by, they are going to be punished by this


tax. Well, actually you could make exactly the same argument for the


dementia tax that you don't like to call it. People will lose their


homes if they have to go in... If they are to stay at home and receive


nonresidential care, in the same way that they would under Labour. It is


a curious argument. It is also about the skewed property market, that is


part of the problem. There is a point that outside of the bubble of


London, you know, where house prices are absolutely ridiculous, you would


end up with about 60% of houses in London being, you know, within the


bracket. But that wouldn't necessarily be the same outside. But


the tax on both from either side or exactly the same. Let's move on


quickly to Mr Trump in Saudi Arabia. Back to the Sunday Telegraph, going


back to the first page. And what is Trump telling the Saudis? What have


you made of the pictures, the pomp, the ceremony was blocked by our


terribly pleased to have him! I expect they are secretly hoping that


Barack Obama is watching and thinking, well, they didn't do that


for me! It does put those of us who are older to remember but people


will know about it anyway, the Shah of Iran, who did the fantastic party


in the desert with peacocks and palm trees. Donald Trump would have liked


that! Exactly, but it was the beginning of his end, actually, that


great grandiose waste of money. I'm not saying it is the end of the


Saudis, that is a different thing. Donald Trump is probably very glad


to be away from home. Although the shadows will cast further... They


are saying there is a lot of concern, isn't there, that he had


derided, make disparaging comments about Islam. They are now saying,


you know what, for the case of expediency we are going to have to


work with him anyway. And a lot of people also saying they are tapping


into his love of the larger life. One of the things that he will have


to do tomorrow when he makes his speech is somehow got back it has


got to be a really skilful speech. What he's got to do is to obviously


move the Muslims in Saudi Arabia, get them onside as far as -- woo by


Muslims. He has to explain why he tried to ban them from America in


the first play. It is a tricky speech, that one. He's going to have


to be a politician, isn't he? Smart I wonder who is going to write it


for him?! We have to squeeze the next two in. The Chibok girls are


reunited with their parents. This story has been running all day. It


is astonishing that these girls, who were kidnapped three years ago, some


have been returned. And this is the next 82 children. They were reunited


with their families, who have travelled the days. They had to go


to Abuja, didn't they? To go and meet them. You would have a heart of


stone not to be moved by this. It would be very interesting, what a


nerve kept them going, the hope that they would finally be reunited. --


what an earth kept them going. Obviously they are very emotional.


There are still 100 girls with Boko Haram at the moment. What it does


show is deals can be done. They swapped five militants for the


girls. One would hope the other goals will come out as well. There


has been much learned about the deals. The Sunday Express. I think


this is the picture, isn't it? I love this picture. This did make me


smile. Nigel, your softer side! Oh, yes, my softer side! How long have


you got?! I thought the papers rather over did the wedding. Don't


be ridiculous! It was a lovely wedding but it seemed a bit


overdone. For the Sunday Express! They have got page after page... It


is a nice picture. There was a lot of trouble getting pictures today


for the journalists. Coming back with things like this, they are


lovely, I agree. I think this is a smashing thing. Anyone who has had


to look after small children at a wedding or a party or a day out, you


know that thing of turning round to them and saying, shhh. It is lovely


to see her performing the role of sister, the roles are reversed. It


is wonderful. Anyway, Nigel and Jo, we will leave it there for now. But


you are coming back at just gone 11:30pm. For now, that is it from


the papers.


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