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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 Rachel Cunliffe, Deputy Editor of the political news

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And Owen Bennett, Deputy political editor

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The Guardian says Jeremy Corbyn challenged Amber Rudd over

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the impact of the government's spending cuts following his last

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minute decision to take part in the BBC election debate.

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The Daily Telegraph notes that the Home Secretary

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represented Theresa May in the debate, just 48

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hours after the death of Amber Rudd's father.

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The Times reports that the Prime Minister

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is concentrating on Brexit after her refusal to take part

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The Daily Express leads on Theresa May's warning that

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Jeremy Corbyn is plotting uncontrolled immigration

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Under the headline 'Justice' the Metro leads on the surgeon who's

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been jailed for 15 years for carrying out needless

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The FT reports that China and the EU have agreed a climate pact as doubts

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We can begin with that debate in Cambridge. Was it a mistake for

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Theresa May not to take part because Jeremy Corbyn at the last minute

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did? This is the front page of The Times, have faith in me. Implying

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that Theresa May is hard at work on Brexit. She once this election to be

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about Brexit, but it is not really being talked about with people. And

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I've been out with MPs, it is rarely coming up on the doorstep. It was

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supposed to be the Brexit election. That is what she would like it to

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be, it is what Tim Farron would like it to be, who said he is

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representing the 48%, but it is simply not about Brexit. It could

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have been a mistake her not turning up, but I don't think Jeremy Corbyn

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did enough to make it a mistake. The debate will not have changed

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anyone's mine. The opportunity was there for Jeremy Corbyn. How did you

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see it? Slightly scrappy. Shouting. Yes, Amber Rudd was auditioning for

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the role of Theresa May, and she said, it is going to be a coalition

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of chaos if they get in, and they started arguing and shouting over

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each other, proving that point. I feel bad because the last time I was

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on this programme I said she was within her rights to not debate and

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it seems like a smart decision, and it was at the time, but with the

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poll gap having closed it is now looking more risky. But I think it

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would have done her more damage if she had you turned yet again and

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decided at the last-minute that she would be there. Every single leader

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would have made the point that this is her yet again not strong and

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stable, but just making another U-turn. Although it was a U-turn for

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Jeremy Corbyn. Yes, which never mentioned. He said he wouldn't take

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part if she didn't, but then he did. The Guardian had got the same debate

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story, Jeremy Corbyn confronting Amber Rudd over cuts, in a fractious

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debate, but that is what you would expect with the seven politicians

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arguing over 90 minutes. Actually, Jeremy Corbyn did not confront Amber

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Rudd enough, he started off, saying, have you been to a food bank, and I

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thought he was going to act like this is a choice between him, the

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leader of the Labour Party who has turned up, and the underling who has

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been sent in, and what he should have done, he should have ended

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with, but we don't know what Theresa May thinks because she is not here

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to debate it, and he should have kept on persisting with that. He

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should have done that every time and that is what people should have

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taken away from the debate, that Theresa May did not want the debate,

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and I do think he did that enough. I don't think you're giving him enough

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credit. I have been accused of that before. I thought he did quite well,

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especially after the disastrous interview on women's hour. --

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woman's hour yesterday. He was very calm about everything and he didn't

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go down to the level of the others and he was a bit above the shouting

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and the squabbling. And I think, OK, he did not hit as hard as he could

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have, but he would be hitting the Prime Minister's spokesperson and

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not the Prime Minister and that could have come across as too

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aggressive and too angry. This was actually a gaffe free performance on

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Jeremy Corbyn which is quite impressive for him. Do you think

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voters like zen in their politicians? That is irrelevant, I

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can't see anyone changing their mind after watching that debate. I can't

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see anyone watching a performance and changing their mind to many

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people are Jeremy Corbyn was a great leader, that will have convinced you

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and if you think Theresa May is so competent that she doesn't need to

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turn up, that will have convinced you. But if you believe The Times

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and their polling, and that is a big if, but Labour had closed the gap to

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just three points, they are saying. Metro newspaper here, this is quite

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a clever banner, the lady is not for turning up. Paraphrasing the famous

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Margaret Thatcher thing, and the lady had been the turning on social

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care and national insurance, and so I understand, if she had turned up

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she would have been accused of making another U-turn, but people

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would have remembered that she had turned up. She put herself into a

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corner and Jeremy Corbyn called her bluff, which was the right thing to

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do, but I felt like he could have capitalised on it more. Even though

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there were no gaffes, it was a bit like PMQs, when he could have taken

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Theresa May apart, and it was all there for him, but he didn't quite

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get the ball over the line. That is because he is, as Rachel said.

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LAUGHTER Amber Rudd's father died over the

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weekend and she was put in to do the possible job and she knew she was

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going to get hammered for Theresa May not being there. She held her

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own and did not go down to the level of squabbling. I do not want to say

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she was strong and stable, but she was a little bit stable. I think she

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did really well in an impossible situation. We won't show this to

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you, but the Financial Times are saying that they have come out in

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favour of Theresa May, which is quite interesting. They were against

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Brexit. But they say that Theresa May in their view has looked brittle

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but is best placed to lead Brexit. I wonder how many people that actually

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speaks for, because the Financial Times were anti-Brexit and they have

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kept up that rhetoric but they have said she is the best of a bad bunch

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and many people on the doorstep, and I was speaking to Tory MPs who said

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exactly that. Theresa May has gone from being a positive to being

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neutral at best. How has that happened? The social care thing was

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a big thing, there's a perception that she has got it in for

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pensioners, which additionally boat story and that she changes her mind.

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-- which traditionally votes Tory. And it is cutting through that she's

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not answering questions on television. She is dodging it too

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much what Jeremy Corbyn answers the question even if it takes a long

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time -- she is dodging it too much. He argues the question, even if it

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might be a different question. LAUGHTER

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And now to another story, Ian Paterson, the breast surgeon, who

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has been sentenced to 15 years, he was told he was driven by the

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material rewards which was brought from his private practice. Shocking

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story. When you read the testimonials from the victims, what

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comes across, they say, he seemed arrogant and I didn't like him, but

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I trusted him because he seemed to know what he was talking about and

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that sums up how, when we interact with people from medical

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backgrounds, we have this kind of implicit trust in them. When it is

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abused it shows how long it can go on for, how many women, and one man,

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as welcomer subjected to these unneeded Operation Stack as well, --

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as well, subjected to these and needed operations. Yes, he said they

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could develop cancer, playing on their worst fears, for manipulation.

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The real question, why was it able to go on for 15 years? People raised

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concerns. Was it that people did not see what they wanted to see? Women

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were discounted for other reasons? It is a great result that he has

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been jailed 15 years but troubling, the story, and more needs to be

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looked into this. There is still the compensation claim for those victims

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to be heard. That is down the road a little bit. The Financial Times,

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their main story is about, being widely expected in Washington that

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Donald Trump is going to pull out of the Paris time an accord. The

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Financial Times says China and the European Union have done their own

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deal, their own climate pact because there is so much doubt about

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America's commitment. This is real evidence of Donald Trump's America

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turning its back on the rest of the world, and the rest of the world

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shrugging their shoulders and saying, we have got to get on with

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it. This goes with the quote from Angela Merkel about the Nato summit

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last week, that Europe can't count on others. There are new alliances

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being formed. Now the United States has left. Donald Trump is still

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saying on Twitter he might go one way or the other, teasing, but this

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is not really an issue that you should take lightly. It is like it

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is a game show, like the apprentice. It seems strange, he will give China

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ten in dollars to help them with developing a national mission

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training system -- $10 million. And he got any doubt that he will pull

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out of the Paris accord? I can't see any reason why he wouldn't. He said

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this in his campaign and his advisers want him to do it and it

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will be a vote winner back home. He changed his mind on draining the

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swamp and changed his mind on his health care plans and about getting

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America involved in foreign conflict and his campaign promises if you

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look at what happened in the first couple of months, they don't seem to

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have been that important to him. I have my things crossed that he will

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change his mind at the last minute, and the idea of him saving the

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planet, that will prevail and they will stay in, but I don't have much

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hope. He said in his suite about being on the verge of making America

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great again. -- in his tweet. And now to The story which is about

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getting close to the sun. That is right. They say this would be the

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closest a probe has ever got to the sun. A guy called Professor Parker,

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who turns 90, he has studied the sun, and he has been proven

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completely right. Very small, the size of a car. The size of a car and

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it will slingshot around Venus Tavern times over seven years using

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the gravitational field -- seven times. This is just the latest in

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incredible advancements in space technology and last week we had a

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New Zealand company that launched a 3-D printed reusable rocket and we

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have a long mask's space X -- Elon Musk's space X. He said he would

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pull out of Donald Trump's space Council if he withdrew from the

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Paris climate agreement, so that will be interesting. Interesting and

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exciting things happening in space technology, and whether that is

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getting close to the side or living on Mars, this is the future and we

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are here. -- close to the sun. The spacecraft will have to withstand

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images of 1373 Celsius. I would put the factor 30 on if I was going.

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Maybe a higher factor, maybe factor 50! Thank you very much.

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Many thanks indeed. That is it. Don't forget you concede the front

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pages -- Don't forget you can see the front

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pages of the papers online

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