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so-called Islamic State -- bomber. Sofar 14 of the victims have been

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named but police say they know the identities of everyone who was

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killed. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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at what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are the

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political commentator Lance Price and Allison Little, the deputy

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political editor of the Daily Express. Welcome to you both. The

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front pages tomorrow, starting with the Financial Times, which leads

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with police looking for a terror network and possible links to Libya

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and Syria following the Manchester attack. The Metro shows an image of

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troops taking to the streets following Theresa May's warning of

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an imminent terror attack on British soil. The Guardian has one of the

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pictures supposedly from the forensics investigation and

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published by the New York Times. It purports to show the bomb used in

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the attack. The Daily Telegraph reports on the Manchester attack are

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being flagged up to authorities multiple times over his extremist

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views -- attacker. The Daily Express reports on the deployment of troops

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across the country. The Sun talks about the police's desperate race to

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hunt down a terror network linked to the attack. The Times reports that

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authorities were warned of Salman Abedi's extremism views by a

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relative. And the Daily Mirror shows the picture of the attack's brother,

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arrested in Libya earlier today. So let's begin. We were remarking

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earlier that the image on the front page is that of troops on UK

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streets. What does that make you feel when you see that, Lance? It

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makes you appreciate the seriousness of the situation we face, not that

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we needed reminding of that, but I'm sure the security of services, the

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government, will be pleased to see this photograph on a lot of the

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front pages, it's partly there for reassurance to let the public know

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everything is being done to keep the streets as safe as they can be. Some

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people may feel there's a bit of people may feel there's a bit of

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window dressing about it, that it really is there more for reassurance

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and the practical benefits that this can have but it takes the pressure

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off the police service themselves. It will allow them to concentrate on

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the serious work to be done, which is of course ensuring that if there

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is a sell out there and there's the threat of further attacks, that that

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is being dealt with as effectively as possible under the circumstances.

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What is your reaction, Allison? In the papers we have seen so far, this

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photo is on all but one of the front pages. It is something that thank

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heavens from my point of view we are used to seeing on British streets,

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we are used to seeing it in Europe all we see our forces in other

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countries. There's been a break from electioneering this week, that is

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due to break out again after the pause to honour the victims of the

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bombing. The police Federation tonight has been pointing out that

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the Army are having to be brought in because of cuts to the police. That

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political dimension is working up again and I'm sure the Labour Party

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will want to make something of it but they have to tiptoe around the

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sensitivities and while the investigation is still going on. We

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will talk about political campaigning starting up a little

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later on. But now let's go to the front page of the Times, which has

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the same image pretty much of the day Lee Telegraph, troops right in

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front of Westminster, but the headline is:

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This is all about the various warnings that supposedly happened

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about candy. There do seem to be a lot of them -- country. It's not

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surprisingly the how many people come across the radar of the

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security services that it is physically impossible. We remember

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how difficult a job they have to try to track them all but clearly they

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have to pirate eyes and I think a lot of people will be looking at the

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number of warnings there were, some of the papers were saying there were

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five separate warnings going back as far as five years ago when this guy

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was obviously still a teenager. Whether or not because of the number

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of warnings there were and the people were doing what they had been

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asked to do under the Prevent controversial scheme, which is to

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let the security services know if they think there's someone in their

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community that could be a threat, people did that and yet look what

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happened. Yes. I'm wondering whether we are following a familiar pattern

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after these tragic events, we get over the shock of the event and we

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identify the victims and there's deep sorrow about that, and very

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quickly we get onto whose fault was it apart from the man who planted

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the bomb, the man who built the bomb, if you know what I mean. We

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are two days after this dreadful event and we are already saying

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British authorities made a mistake. Headlines like this... It is a very

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British thing to do, it was our fault. It is up to them to protect

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us? We do rely on them and if there were glaring errors, Lance is right,

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they have so much information and there's only so much they can do.

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They can't have known he was going to do this. The time will come when

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these questions need to be asked. Yes, agreed. Whether MI5 should be

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watching their own backs at this moment when they have a really

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important job to do to keep us all safe... We should remember, he may

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have been working with others, but there was one person responsible for

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this and that was Salman Abedi. Yes, that's what I'm saying. The one

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person responsible for this bombing, yes, but the suggestion is there's a

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network with these various arrests going on. Let's look at the front

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page of the Independent. We spoke earlier to the defence editor of the

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Independent, Kim Seung-gyu actor, who has written their front-page

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story, which is the authorities found explosives in other places

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where they have done these raids. -- Kim Sengupta. This appears to be a

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genuine scoop, assuming Kim Sengupta has his facts right, and I guess

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they wouldn't be reading this on the front page if they weren't

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confident. They are talking about a device blown up in a controlled

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explosion -- putting this. It is more than explosives that could have

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been used to put a device together, it was a device. They will be

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scrabbling around in other newsrooms to follow up on this. This helps to

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explain why they raised the security threat level last night and this is

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a very fast moving and wide ranging and scary situation. Especially if

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there are lots of devices around the place. The Guardian and the

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Independent are the newspapers that have put pictures on the front page

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of what we understand and believe to be part of the actual device itself

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that caused such havoc because of the leak in the US. We will go back

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to that in a moment but first the front page of the Daily Mail, it

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underlines the international dimension of this story, doesn't it?

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Jeremy Hunt himself from Libya and his brother and father both arrested

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in Tripoli -- Salman Abedi. Very stark headline, the G hardy family.

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Is that their? A classic Daily Mail front Page. --. They also have the

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picture of the younger brother in Libby on the Daily Mirror -- jihadi.

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Past experience shows not everything that you know two days afterwards

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about a family will turn out to be true. For example, it said here that

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the father and one of the brothers are IS supporters. I think I heard

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another commentator saying today the father was thought to be more pro-Al

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Qaeda year because in Libya al-Qaeda have said about IS that they are too

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brutal -- pro-Al Qaeda. I don't know if that's the case. I noted that in

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the Times, the Mail are saying this is a whole family and a whole

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network and we are fascinated by evil families, aren't we? The Times

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say... They also say it was claimed Salman Abedi called his family 15

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minutes before the attack in Tripoli to say goodbye but friends of the

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family said his father had been so worried about radicalisation in

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Manchester that he demanded he moved to Libya. People will jump to

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conclusions very quickly about all of this and that's a dangerous thing

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to do immediately after an incident like this. It's not to say

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journalists shouldn't ask these questions and go after the facts

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such as they are. But I do think it is important we remember the

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security forces themselves aren't in a position, and nor should they be

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wasting their time answering these questions, so we only get one side

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of it. It looks like there has been a failure on their part to follow up

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on leads, to respond to warnings and presumably even on an international

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level, because if this family was based where they were then they

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wouldn't just be keeping an eye on them as British intelligence, there

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would be others. Clearly big questions. It worries me that this

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is hampering the work of the security services. Or they are going

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to let journalists run around and chat about this stuff while they get

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on with the work of tracking down these people. There's the

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inevitability that you start with the people close to the person

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suspected. No surprise that members of his

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family have been arrested. The first thing you do is look at families

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because they are the people who would and know the perpetrator must

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closely. Let's go to the front page of The Guardian, this is same

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photograph that you have alluded to on the front page of The

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Independent. Supposedly a photograph of one part is believed to have been

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used on Monday that had been leaked to the US media and this is one an

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extraordinary image and also it is causing a row. It is unprecedented

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that a live investigation live in this country should then be revealed

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by the intelligence agency in one of our partners, perhaps our closest

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partner in the United States. On the radio, Amber Rudd saying she was

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very irritated and that is a British euphemism to say they are livid

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about this. The Prime Minister is going to confront the President when

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they meet later on tomorrow at a Nato meeting and say this is

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absolutely not acceptable at every level. The president himself has

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suffered from leaks that have perhaps come from... You never know

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how Donald Trump will respond but he has his views about leaks from

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security services in his country but this is a very, very serious

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situation and you would think people on both sides of the Atlantic would

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be concerned about. In the last half an hour, a counter police saying

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trust has been breached between the two intelligence communities and

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that is extraordinary. I suppose as well as the breach of trust, the

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fact that such images that should appear from a live investigation,

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there is also the human factor of that, you can see these bloodstained

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weapons... It is absolutely ghastly, distressing and very real stop we

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know there was a blood but it is a shock to see it and quite heartless

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to put that picture... There is a bit of a question of The Guardian

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putting it on the front page only because in their story, in the

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second column, a senior US sources are clearly distressing to the

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victims's family and still they put it there. The human story, the story

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is of the Vic Demps. A touching story of a gay man killed. --

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victims. He was he appeared on television and radio, outspoken and

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lived life to the full and very touching to see that story. I

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expected to see more images of victims on the front of the pages.

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Yesterday we had the heart wrenching pictures of students. More adults

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have been named the day and it is striking how many were parents,

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mothers, in some cases the couples, and children who have become

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orphans. Whole lives destroyed. In the back page of The Times,

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appointed bleak positive story, we won it bought Manchester. -- for

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Manchester. I think they had one of the players earlier saying we won it

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for the victims. Pride of Manchester in another paper. Slightly tearful

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faces. For sure. Let's have a think about the timing of all of this. We

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have had political campaigning suspended and it will start up in a

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gentle way tomorrow with the Ukip manifesto. And then again on Friday.

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Will it have a different tone? I think it will. For one thing, when

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it starts Theresa May is going to be abroad, in Brussels and then to

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Cicely for the G7 summit. -- Sicily. The Tories are sensible, they will

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not seek to politicise this. They will not need to. They will have the

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pictures of Theresa May and subliminally the question will be

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asked, can you imagine Jeremy Corbyn responding in this way. Inevitably,

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there is already creeping into the discussion whether or not the cuts

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to police numbers, which is undoubtedly a fact which has

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happened under the Conservatives, is one reason why we have to sit in the

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army on the street. I wonder if Jeremy Corbyn will return to the

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then he came up with a couple of weeks ago whether he might reach the

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rate that the ball on Terror has not worked and has not made us safer. --

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the wall on Terror. Is this going to be a very different last two weeks?

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I suspect the first couple of fewdays we will have a different

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feel to it. Pretty soon after that, rightly or Rob Lee, we will get back

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to the campaign were having earlier. -- wrongly. Before this appalling

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incident happened, the Tories were on the back foot with plans for the

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elderly and other aspects of the manifesto. It will be a hard fought

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last two weeks of the campaign. Thank you both very much. Don't

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forget you can see the front pages online on the BBC website. It is all

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there for you. If you miss the programme you can watch it later on

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the BBC iPlayer. Thank you very much. Next, all the days sport. From

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me, good night.

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