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


With me are Rachel Cunliffe, Deputy Editor of the political news


And Owen Bennett, Deputy political editor


The Guardian says Jeremy Corbyn challenged Amber Rudd over


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


minute decision to take part in the BBC election debate.


The Daily Telegraph notes that the Home Secretary


represented Theresa May in the debate, just 48


hours after the death of Amber Rudd's father.


The Times reports that the Prime Minister


is concentrating on Brexit after her refusal to take part


The Daily Express leads on Theresa May's warning that


Jeremy Corbyn is plotting uncontrolled immigration


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


been jailed for 15 years for carrying out needless


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


see anyone watching a performance and changing their mind to many


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


LAUGHTER Amber Rudd's father died over the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


not answering questions on television. She is dodging it too


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


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


might be a different question. LAUGHTER


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


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


material rewards which was brought from his private practice. Shocking


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


ten in dollars to help them with developing a national mission


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


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


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


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


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


America involved in foreign conflict and his campaign promises if you


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


it will slingshot around Venus Tavern times over seven years using


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


incredible advancements in space technology and last week we had a


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


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


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


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


exciting things happening in space technology, and whether that is


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


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


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


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


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


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


pages of the papers online


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