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Apologies. We are three minutes late.

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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 the ever punctual journalist James Rampton

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and Lucie Fisher, Senior political correspondent at The Times.

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Have to make sure he's got his prop. Otherwise we will get marched off

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the set! Need to make sure by Raman has his eponymous pen.

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Theresa May will put the Manchester attack at the centre

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of her general election campaign, according to the Financial Times.

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Mrs May is also featured on the Telegraph's front page

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after she criticised Jeremy Corbyn's comments linking British foreign

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policy with UK terror attacks, saying Mr Corbyn was 'making

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Mrs May, who is attending the G7 summit, said voters faced a choice

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between her 'working constantly to protect the national interest

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and to protect our security' and Jeremy Corbyn, who she said

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'isn't up to the job,' according to the Guardian.

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The i's front page says police have told the public to 'go out and enjoy

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themselves' over bank holiday weekend because they have made

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'significant progress' in investigating terror networks

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The Daily Mail also leads on the investigation

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The newspaper reports there will be a security lockdown this weekend,

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with police and security forces expected to be present

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More than 23,000 potential jihadist extremists have been identified

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by intelligence services, according to The Times,

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There is a similar splash in The Express, which reports that

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a 'big blow' has been dealt to the extremists as police begin

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Meanwhile The Sun focuses on a separate terror plot as it says

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three men have appeared in court accused of planning to detonate

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After a week like this we will inevitably end the week looking back

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on what has happened in Manchester and the investigation and where he

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has got to. Making great progress see the police. The Times, UK home

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to 23,000 jihadist. Manchester bomb escape surveillance. An

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extraordinary number of potential suspects here. Who are of greater or

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lesser threat to the country. That's right. This is a figure given out by

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the Security minister. Of these 23,000, it said that 3000 people

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present a risk. There are 500 open operations. Really interesting

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detail is that Salman Abedi, the Manchester attacker, and also Khalid

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Masood, who committed the Westminster attacks several weeks

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ago, were both former subjects of these enquiries. They will not live

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suspects at the time of their attacks. It's quite a jittery sort

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of fact to learn, that they had been under suspicion that they had been

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deemed safe enough to move on enquiries from. You wonder how the

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security services are meant to cope with that number of potential

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suspects. Extraordinary. 20,000 who featured in that previous risk

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category, which is pretty scary. I heard an interesting debate on Radio

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2 today about, if we did not renew Trident, we would release 400,

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sorry, ?40 billion. Somebody was suggesting, we could put that

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straight into security services, because it takes 30 officers to

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monitor one suspect. It's incredibly labour-intensive. They are just

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overwhelmed with work at the moment. There is just too much, I think

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generally they are brilliant at their job, but there is too much for

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too few people to do. It doesn't say in this article the backgrounds of

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these people. Have they come from abroad or are they British-born? Are

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they British citizens, have they been abroad to places like Libya and

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Syria? Have they been radicalised that way? There was a great deal of

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detail missing. But it shows the scale of the problem that they are

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facing. That's right. One of the difficult things is that many of the

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studies conducted in places particularly with more intensive

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suicide bombing trends, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, there does not seem

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to be an obvious psychological background profile. Some people are

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poor, some middle-class, some highly intelligent, some quite thick and

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easily brainwashed. If there were an easy fit of background it would make

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these people, the security officers who have to watch them, a lot

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easier. The Telegraph them. Corbyn is making excuses for terror

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attacks, says May. Certainly the Conservatives piled into Jeremy

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Corbyn for what he said about British foreign policy being one of

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the sources for potential radicalisation. I know Corbyn fan,

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but I do think Boris Johnson in particular misrepresented what

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Corbyn said. He was not necessarily offering, as they have used this

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very eye-catching and perhaps hyperbolic phrase, he was not

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offering an excuse for terrorism. He was trying to explain why it might

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be happening. There was a poll saying 52% of people do believe that

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foreign wars have influenced terrorists in this country. It is

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slightly playing into my feeling that Theresa May is struggling in

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the selection. This is certainly something that has surprised us. She

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started with a 25 point lead, the latest poll has her down only to a

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5-point lead. That's a cataclysmic fall off. An insider from the Tories

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saying that they are slightly disappointed with her performance,

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that it has not taken off. They thought she would be like Angela

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Merkel, seen as the mother of the nation. But that just has not happen

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with Theresa May. Tories were expecting more. The golf poll you

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talk about. There are likely to be more polls over the weekend. -- the

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UGOV poll. Some say the timing of these comments was distasteful. I

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think that's right. Particularly with Corbyn this morning making an

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example of Britain's support for intervention in Libya, Libya

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obviously being the country Salman Abedi the attacker is a

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second-generation immigrant from. Had visited recently. So I think,

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the timing is odd. I would also say tactically from a campaign point of

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view, we think that before this terrible bombing happened, Theresa

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May was on the back foot, having to make this huge U-turn on social care

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policy. It strikes me as surprising and interesting that Labour got

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stuck in today on foreign policy, which is not traditionally their

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strong suit, particularly under Jeremy Corbyn who was not seem to

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have this orthodox or sort of mainstream views. They choose to go

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big on that as the topic with which to resume their campaign. Labour's

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traditional strengths are health and education. Education is a massive

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issue. We got a letter from our children state school this weekend,

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pleading for money, saying, we are going to be in real terms 20% down

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from where we were five years ago. That is catastrophic for a school

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that wants to provide a good service or its peoples. I really think that

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if Corbyn hammers that home, he has got an advantage because May looks,

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some people are calling her the May bot. She looks like somebody who has

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tunnel vision. When she is challenged, as Andrew Neil did

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brilliantly the other day, she struggles. Like the alien in those

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Ridley Scott films, who just repeat the same phrase over and over again.

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They are all guilty about. They all have their slogans. I know they are

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programmed to say stuff but she looks particularly so. Corbyn was

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interviewed by Andrew Neill and was on the back foot a bit, talking

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about Trident. He has been on the back foot. Well gas, Andrew Neil is

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an excellent journalist. Corbyn has been on the back foot. He was asked

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six times about the IRA and would not give a definitive answer. He has

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more Achilles heels than he has heels, Corbyn. He has so many weak

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spots. I think there will be more stuff about how mass and Hezbollah,

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that the Tories are just waiting to reveal about Corbyn. I feel they

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have some stuff. Dirty tricks, sadly sometimes when elections. Let's stay

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with the Telegraph. Suicide bomber may have used benefits to fund

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plots. What's the suggestion here? The suggestion is that the

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Manchester attacker used student loans funding to travel back to

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Libya. Where he is believed, the Telegraph says, to have learned

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bomb-making skills. There is a lot of interest around where his funding

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was coming from. That is a key element of the police and security

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services enquiries. The Times today was talking about how he had opened

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up the good of bank accounts through which to go to DIY stores to buy the

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nails, the shrapnel to include in the bombs. It says his finances are

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a major theme of the police enquiry. Having never held down a job? He

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allegedly claimed at least two student loans which were ?7,000

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each, with no intention of going to those colleges. That's ?14,000.

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Apparently one, he went to Libya to learn bomb-making. We were paying

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for that. Extraordinary, certainly some loopholes the need to be

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investigated. I am not really criticising the government on this

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because they are overwhelmed with threats and information, and also

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committee characters who pop up and claimed to be a threat but they are

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not really. It's identifying, and this is incredibly difficult, who is

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a real threat on who is a hoax, if you like. Back to that point but

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ultimately the terrorist is responsible for the actions they

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carry out. Of course. To the i, and the mail. This week where they have

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made incredible progress and several arrests, another one tonight of

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course in connection with the suicide bombing in Manchester. The

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i, police say, go out and enjoy yourselves. It is of course a bank

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holiday. So many public events taking place. Absolutely, not least

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people going off to the beach, resorts, theme parks. James I know

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you off to the FA Cup final. I work in the Palace of Westminster day

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today and it has really struck me as quite an unusual change to seize

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troops with their purple berries, parading around the estate. Seeing

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this picture here armed police with those huge machine guns. This is

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Scarborough. Worried about the donkeys there, I think. It feels

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very un-British Army. -- it feels very un-British to me. Absolutely

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right to keep the country safe. Seems to be a cross-party consensus

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on it. Andy Burnham has said, on it. Andy Burnham has said,

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Theresa May is right, he supports the move of raising the level to

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good God. It's about stopping people panicking. Getting into this

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building tonight there was an extra barrier had not seen before. I was

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at first denied because I did not have a pass, then thought that a

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good thing, it's reassuring to see that people are really taking it

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seriously and they are worried about our safety. That is very reassuring.

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I think the security services and the police in the terrible days

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following this appalling incident have really stepped up. They are

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reassuring people by their presence. I know there are sometimes sinister

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overtones about having armed police on the streets but this is the

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moment and the levels are critical, you really want that. Daily Mail

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talking about a bank holiday ring of steel, saying they are mine people

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bomber network. Security services bomber network. Security services

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saying, bear with us. You are going to have to be subject to extra

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security checks. But you can absolutely understand why. Even the

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Hay literary festival is mentioned! They will be furious their

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handkerchiefs and combatants will be searched. That is the level of

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security they are going for. -- their handkerchiefs and their

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cravats. I'm delighted there will be armoured cars. I think that's a

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strong message. I think the security service at the moment have to say to

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people, we are in control, and we are going to win this, because the

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alternative is unthinkable. We cannot give in to them. I know that

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is what people always say, but making the show of strength is

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important. To show our determination and resilience. Let's end with the

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Financial Times. Cloudless skies, bust - don't like that word, but

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anyway - bust nuclear record. It has been fabulously hot. And there is an

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energy benefit. I put on some suncream Iborra .my daughter today

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and it was sparkly. I looked like Anton did back from strip may come

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dancing. It's not all positive. I always have that mahogany spray tan,

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which apparently the fans love! It's got its own Twitter account, my

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spray tan. Anyway, there is a real benefit here, for the first time

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solar output has gone up to 24.3, outstripping the amount from nuclear

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power. That has to be good. Also bringing down the price of wholesale

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electricity which would be, which is much cheaper than they are expecting

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than that generated by Hinkley point. It's interesting, government

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subsidies and the price of solar panels falling by about 80% since

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2009 has allowed solar industries to have this huge rise. It's amazing to

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think a quarter of our electricity at lunchtime today was generated by

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the sun. Being a rather more rainy nation, I'm not sure we can count on

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such a record every day of the week. It's interesting that only 1.4% is

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still generated from coal. Perhaps for President Trump, who wants to

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create clean coal, and open all the coal mines in America again. It

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looks like he's been left behind by technology here. That's all we have

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time for. We never have enough time! If only there was a second paper

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review. Don't forget you can see the front

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pages of the papers online It's all there for you,

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seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers - and if you

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miss the programme any evening you can watch it

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later on BBC iPlayer. Thank you to my guests,

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James Rampton and Lucy Fisher. Good evening. It's been a hot day,

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the hottest of the year so far. That will culminate in

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