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live in a tolerant, liberal society. And that is why I have chosen to

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step down as leader of the Liberal Democrats. The resignation statement

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of Tim Farron from being leader of the Liberal Democrats. Now, I look

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at the papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be With me are the writer

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and broadcaster Mihir Bose and the former Pensions minister,

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Baroness Altmann. We start with the only story on

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tomorrow's pages. the Telegraph carries a haunting

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photograph of the throwing their children out

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of windows to save as avoidable, saying that residents

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had repeatedly raised The Metro warns that dozens

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of people are feared dead. The Guardian focuses on the warnings

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from residents who it says were ignored. The Times reports the blaze

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spread in a mere 15 minutes. And the Mirror carries a photograph of the

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burning building with a single word, death trap. So, let's begin, this is

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a deeply deeply distressing story and it is rightly on the front of

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all of the papers. Shall we start all of the papers. Shall we start

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with the times with this horribly violent image, disaster in 15

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minutes. What does it concentrate on? You have also got that inset

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picture of one of the residents waving help from the window. This is

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such a tragedy, you cannot help but feel for the victims, their

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families, their friends, to have been involved in this must have been

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just absolutely horrendous. Children being thrown from the buildings and

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one of them was caught, one was thrown from the ninth or tenth

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floor, others jumped, we do not know whether they survived, it is

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something that you see in a movie. The towering Inferno or whatever.

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But this has happened in London. And But this has happened in London. And

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they were told to stay put. They were told to stay within an hour

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they would be rescued, though given the wrong advice. Whether it could

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have been avoided, the safety measures but the actual advice to

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stay stay put and someone defied that advice and saved himself and

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his family. The stay put policy it was called. Stay put and dive. They

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were told it was designed to have rigorous fire safety standards and

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you would believe that. That is the advice given and you think they know

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what they are talking about. And we tend to obey rules. And the fire

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doors was poster last 30 minutes to give them time to arrive. It simply

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wasn't correct advice. The Guardian again the story dominates its front

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page with that... And the Guardian has a fair bit on the warnings that

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were given not just about staying put but warnings going back several

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years and there was an action group that said last November about this

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catastrophic event will highlight the incompetence of the landlord.

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These warnings were ignored. And serious questions need to be raised

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about what sort of management was there and who ignore these warnings.

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They raised the points that we would probably immediately think of, there

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was no sprinkler system, where was the building white fire alarm, there

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was only one fire escape for the whole floor trying to come in

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residents trying to go out which is why they had to stay put policy so

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firemen could get in but then also apparently there were some gas pipes

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in the escape, in emergency exit. And they're worried about that too.

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And the fire regulations have not been reviewed for 11 years. What

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this raises questions is what are the fire safety in the buildings,

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God forbid anything should happen but we need to ask those questions

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immediately. This fire spread so quickly, let's not forget, 15

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minutes, that is not a lot of time. The government says a major review

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will happen looking at other buildings. The Telegraph, making the

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point as he said disaster waiting to happen. And the cladding. It says

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cladding was putting for energy efficiency reasons and the cladding

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acted like a chimney, there is a gap between the cladding and the walls

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and that allowed the smoke and fire and that allowed the smoke and fire

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to spread upwards. And away the cladding was done. It should have

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protected but it was a conduit for the fire to spread so quickly. For a

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fighter damage in 15 minutes, something must've happened which

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quite dreadful. And the London Fire Brigade warned after a fire in a

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block in Hammersmith last August about the cladding and there was a

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fire in a skyscraper in Dubai said the fire brigade was all ready

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concerned about this and all one can say is the government has now said

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it will urgently review the safety. This is the sort of story that comes

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out from countries where things are not managed properly, where there is

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proper control, not a country like ours where we take safety very

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seriously. Controlled regulation should be looked at. And there are

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regulations, one thing is fire safety regulations only apply to the

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common parts not individual flats con they do need to look at that but

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this is a bigger issue and lessons have to be learnt. I'm sure whoever

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was involved in the cladding had no idea that there would be a fire risk

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otherwise it would not have happened. No one would do that if

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they thought it was. We do not know, it maybe it is not the cladding,

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maybe something to do with gas pipes, we just don't know. But if

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residents were warning we need to know what was done and whether they

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were ignored and said these residents are always going to raise

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questions needn't bother about it. And they were assured it met the

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fire safety standards. A quick word, one more story that otherwise would

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be on the lead story on the front pages in the Financial Times, Tim

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Farron quits as the Lib Dems. I was quite surprised. Especially the

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reason he gave, I think his assistant Lord Patrick had resigned

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citing the issue of Tim Farron's Christian faith and the implications

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for his belief in gay marriage and Tim Farron has taken what I think

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you can only describe it as a principled position and said if my

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faith is getting in a way of me being a political leader then I will

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choose my face but it is really sad and I would not normally think that

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we are the kind of country that would not be tolerant of somebody's

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faith. You cannot be the leader of a political party, that is what he is

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saying. It is unbelievable. It was an issue in the early stages of the

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election campaign and he could not get over that. Otherwise the Lib

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Dems would have done better because they were the representatives of the

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remainders. We'll be back together at 11:30pm to discuss at greater

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length. That is it for the papers. We are back at 11:30pm. See them. --

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see you

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