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That's all the sport for now. Now, The Papers.


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


With me are the Sunday Times' Foreign Editor, Peter Conradi,


Tomorrow's front pages: The Observer says May's Premiership is in Peril.


The paper leads with its editorial comment saying


Mrs May is discredited, humiliated, and diminished.


It says she is now weak, with rivals and opponents


The Daily Mail focusses on the Foreign Secretary Boris


Johnson saying he is set to launch a bid to become Prime Minister.


It also carries a picture of former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond,


who was involved in a car crash during filming in Switzerland.


The Telegraph says Theresa May may be in Downing Street


but she has no power after losing her


The paper says senior Tories are jostling in an unofficial


The Sunday Times claims as many as five Cabinet ministers are urging


The Express leads with the resignation of Theresa May's


two closest advisers, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill.


Its headline refers to them as 'toxic'.


Lets kick-off, Peter. Have the Observer - Theresa May's premiership


in peril. Threat of MP rebellion blocks DUP coalition. This has been


overtaken since it went to press, because this is based on the idea


that there was definitely going to be a deal between the Tories and the


DUP. Subsequently, despite the Government announcing that the


yesterday evening, we had the announcement from both sides that


there isn't a deal yet. One presumes there will be won, but it just shows


just how nobody really knows what is going on at the moment. It looks


like there will be a deal, doesn't it? It does. Ironically, Theresa May


was accusing labour beforehand of having a coalition of chaos, because


that is the impression she is creating, last night announcing a


deal that had not been finalised. That is chaotic. There are voices


within the Tory Party who are very unhappy about this potential deal


because of some of the DUP's believes. They are opposed to gay


marriage, opposed to abortion. Nicky Morgan, who was the Education


Secretary, says we do not want the price of a deal with the DUP to


water down our equality policy. It is a strong issue. The Tories have


spent years detoxifying the brand. If they make concessions on those


social issues, and Ruth Davidson has spoken about it as well, it will


hasten her inevitable demise. The other headline in the Observer is:


Drop hard Brexit plans, demand MPs. How will this chaos avec Brexit?


Does it increased the likelihood, in your view, and from Europe's point


of view, maybe, base of the Brexit? It might. A lot


of people... The was that she would be in the pocket of the hard Brexit


supporters in her party. Now she doesn't have a majority, she has to


look more widely, to Labour and the Lib Dems, perhaps, and that could


have the effect of softening Brexit. You have to bear in mind, the DUP


don't want a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic,


an important issue for them, so she has to bear that in mind. The


Scottish Conservatives, the same. It could lead to a softer Brexit,


certainly. Lets look, James, at the Sunday Telegraph. In office, but not


in power. Fragile leadership. Peter mentioned the Scottish Conservatives


under Ruth Davidson, and she has obviously talked about an open


Brexit, hasn't she? Which is code for staying in the single market, I


believe. She is in a powerful position, having run an excellent


campaign, in contrast Mrs May's, and she has made this coded reference to


softening Brexit, and she has also made a coded reference to not making


an alliance with DUP. She is an out lesbian who is engaged to her


partner. If there is any suggestion that the Tories would alter their


policy on gay marriage, that is a deal-breaker. And she has 13 Tory


MPs in Scotland, very surprisingly successful there. If Ruth Davidson


withdrew their support, she is toast. To quote someone else this


morning, she is a dead woman walking. That would be strange - you


might get the ten DUP but then lose the 13 Scottish Conservatives. We


are going to unknown territory, aren't we? We certainly are! It will


keep us all very busy. Let's focus on another relevant yesterday, which


was that Theresa May's two toxic aides, as the Sunday express calls


them, have resigned, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill. All the papers have


carried this analysis, that she had a very close clique going in Downing


Street and a centralised way of working. All prime ministers do, but


she seems to have taken it to a further level, really, and I think


the role of the advisers has been interesting. It has been something


that has been known to political insiders for a long time, and I


think gradually, in the last few weeks in the run-up to the election,


it has emerged quite a powerful role the two of them have played. In the


newspapers, Nick Timothy has been transformed from this sort of very


smart, on this year, brilliant Guru into failure and the man behind the


defeat. They were the people who pushed her to have the election in


the first place. Also, Nick Timothy was behind the so-called dementia


tax, putting that into the manifesto at the last moment without


consultation with the Cabinet. I think he is now denying that. Years.


According to one of the papers, there is a suggestion that Philip


Hammond made that a condition of staying, saying, this is a red line.


These to my car to go. The former director of communications at number


ten yesterday said there was a toxic atmosphere there, and she accused


them of being brutal, which I think is code for something more harsh,


and that they were being extremely rude to elected cabinet ministers


when they had never stood for election for these positions. And I


think that is a legitimate concern, that you have unelected officials


wielding too much power, and I think that is giving her -- given her


breathing space of a couple of days. Gavin Barwell, who was a minister,


lost his seat on Thursday and is popular. Even though he was wet, he


is popular, which means that he can speak human, unlike Mrs May, and he


can speak to people, which is a great criticism of her. One person


they were allegedly route it was the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and he


seems to have emerged empowered from all of this. He may push for a


softer Brexit. Precisely. That was the expectation in the past few


weeks, that he would be toast after the election, the way that Theresa


May would not confirm that he would be there as Chancellor. He is


probably quite a happy man at the moment. Let's look at Boris and what


all this means for him. We have the Mail on Sunday saying, Boris is set


to launch bid to be Prime Minister as May clings on. This morning, he


has put out that this is tripe. The more he says that, the more


convinced I am that he will run. It is like when Michael Heseltine said


he could not foresee circumstances where he would stand against Mrs


Thatcher and then the next week he did. There is also, apparently, an


anyone but Boris campaign going on. There is a sense that he is flaky


and unreliable, those things that Michael Gove, as he flagrantly


stabbed him in the front and back last year... And the site! And the


head and everything, he said he was not reliable. Those allegations will


resurface. Certain allegations from the past will come back towards him,


I think, and I think there will be a really tight campaign if it is him


against David Davis. Apparently, Amber Rudd's majority was too slim,


only 300 or so, so she is out of the running. I would not say that Boris


is on the way to coronation, it is not a done deal because there are


people in the party who do not trust them. The Conservative Party is


thinking, we need a leader for the future who can take on Jeremy


Corbyn, who did surprisingly well. It is a matter of when they get rid


of her, really, rather than whether they will. But also, who replaces


her. Yes, but also the question of how this plays out in the country.


No one wants another election. If you get a new leader in, and they


don't have an election, again, they might feel they don't have a


mandate. Let's look at the Sunday Mirror. They are talking about


Jeremy Corbyn - 13 million voted for us, we'll push all the way. He still


believes he could be Prime Minister, theoretically at least. I want to


eat my hat like Paddy Ashdown here, because I had been on this programme


many times in the past few years saying I thought he was rubbish, a


disaster for the Labour Party and democracy because he had no hope of


cutting through, and I hereby apologise to him because he has done


brilliantly. I have three daughters, the eldest two of which voted this


time, both students, and they have been part of an incredible movement,


and their friends have mobilised in a way they never did in the Brexit


vote, where only 40% of young people voted. This time, up to 70% of young


people voted, and that is because he offered them hope. Young people


particularly are hard-wired for hope, and that is what the offer


than what Theresa May signally failed to do. Young people voting


must be a good thing for a democracy. Indeed. If you look at


how the share of the vote has gone up, or the proportion voting has


gone up since 2010, it is extraordinary. It must largely be


the result of the Brexit referendum. A lot of them not bothering to vote


then and then seeing what happens... It was billed as the revenge of the


young. Precisely, I think so. It also shows you can get quite a lot


of votes by promising to drop tuition fees and pay back those that


have... And also, a good social media campaign. Absolutely. And some


brilliant memes, if that is the right word. They did lots of jokey


things. To go back to the young people, last year, my middle


daughter was abroad in Vietnam, but she made a postal vote, and when she


did, she said to us, I feel like older people have stolen my future.


Young people are saying, we didn't vote last time, we have to make our


voices heard, and now they have, and good on them, because Theresa May


was offering a Project Via, a cavalcade of despair, and that did


not resonate with people -- Project Fear. A quick look at the Sunday


Times front page. We have already talked about it, but five Cabinet


ministers urging Boris to double Theresa May. We do not know who they


are. Boris, Boris, Boris and Boris! He is wearing a rather flamboyant


coat, isn't he? It is maybe a sort of LGBT coat, with those colours,


isn't it? He is perhaps appealing for the Liberal Conservative vote


there, but I do think there will be huge civil war going on. The phone


lines will be red-hot, like that time when Michael Portillo set up a


campaign headquarters, installed lots of phones, that sort of thing.


The Tory Party are very good at being ruthless when they think their


leader is a dead duck, and Theresa May is, and she won't be allowed by


the Tory Party to stand at another election, so there will be blood on


the carpet, the walls, the ceiling, everywhere. I think we've got the


idea! Amazingly, just over a week ago, we had the London Bridge


attack. Such a strange election, with the two terror attacks.


Hospitals and GP surgeries are told that, for the first time, they could


be targeted by terrorists. It is appalling. It sounds outlandish and


horrific, but it is based on guidance being issued by the police


to NHS officials, warning of this worst-case scenario where this might


happen. We have had examples in other countries, such as


Afghanistan, where there had been raids on hospitals. In Afghanistan,


they killed 50 people, and the terrorists were dressed as doctors.


That was how they sneaked into the hospital. That is an appalling


scenario. It is good that hospitals are being warned, but you wonder


about the depths to which they will sink. Geoff Ho of the Sunday express


was caught up in the attacks and has written about his experience. People


were concerned about him on social media, because he was known to have


been drinking in the area, as a lot of people work, so lots of concerns


about whether he was safe. He was a real hero, and it's an incredible


story. Inside the Sunday express, a huge spread, really. People are


always fascinated to read the eyewitness account of somebody who


showed such incredible bravery. He fought back and thank God, he


survived. He is an example of what we all hoped we would do, but when


confronted, we very well may not. We may have run, in his situation, but


he had the courage to confront the terrorists, take them on, and


possibly his actions spared other people from being killed. There is a


good line in his first person piece: This is not how the night should


have ended for anyone. It is not how nights in Borough N. London is one


of the friendliest places in the world. I think that is a positive


message. -- it is not how one night out in Borough end. I think defiance


is the best response to terrorism. There was a taxi driver who tried to


run them down. It hit particularly close to home for us, because we


were there. One of my colleagues almost got run over by the ban. He


left the office, came out, and the van swerved, which is how we were


alerted to what was going on. -- almost got run over by the van.


Imagine the greater carnage that could have been caused if they had


gotten hold of a lorry. Thank you both for being with us. That is it.


Just a reminder, we take a look at tomorrow's front pages every


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