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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 Alison Little, deputy political editor

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of the Daily Express, and the Guardian

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It is good to see you. The front pages.

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The I leads with the public inquiry into contaminated blood.

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The paper calls it the "worst scandal in NHS history".

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The news that President Trump's son was keen to accept information

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on Hillary Clinton from a Russian national, is the main

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The Telegraph has the same story, with the claim that Trump junior

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The Express leads with the Foreign Secretary's suggestion,

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that the EU can "go whistle" if it makes "extortionate" demands

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The Times says a parliamentary report has concluded that a joint

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Royal Navy and EU mission to combat people smuggling in

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in the Mediterranean has caused more migrants to die at sea.

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The aristocrat found guilty over menacing Facebook posts

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to the businesswoman Gina Miller, is the top story in the Metro.

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The mail has details of report that claims Conservative MPs were targets

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of hate campaign to the election. And - 'Wade to go Jo' is the Sun's

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back page headline - as Virginia Wade celebrates

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Johanna Konta making it through to the semi

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finals of Wimbledon. We will discuss that later. We will

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start with the disturbing story about the PM ordering an enquiry

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into NHS deaths after years of campaigning and finally the

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relatives of some of those who died from contaminated blood products in

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the 70s and 80s will get the enquiry they have been after. It has been

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widely welcomed and there is cross-party pressure for this

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enquiry, including the DUP supporting Theresa May. I do not

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know how significant that was in it. Blood products given by the NHS to

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British haemophiliacs and other patients and it turned out a lot of

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it to be infected with hepatitis C and HIV. Police 2400 have died and

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thousands more infected and families put at risk and claims the

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authorities knew and covered it up. And it took years before they stop

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the use of these products. We will have a public inquiry and the

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victims will be consulted on what sort of enquiry. It is very sad of

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course, that this goes on so long and it takes so long to get a

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inquiry. Almost what Theresa May does best. Another statesman-like

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statement issued today about it. And references back the week of the

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anniversary walking into Downing Street and promising to write

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injustices and it is significant in her statement about the need for the

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enquiry. She makes the point of saying, and I will seek to root out

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injustice wherever I find it. She has been trying to restate her

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mission. Does that mean we will get a inquiry into what happened at

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Orgreave? It could be because she is in a position where she has to do

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the things she can achieve and there is not much that she can achieve.

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There was not much of a legislative programme in the Queen's Speech.

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Brexit moving slowly. She can do this, it is within her power. We

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have the Grenfell Tower enquiry. We will have this inquiry and you may

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be right, there will be an Orgreave inquiry. These things are

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complicated because once you decide to have a inquiry you have to decide

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what kind of inquiry and how technical and in this case to what

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extent will they look at how specifically what happened as

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regarding the screening of these blood products and how much would it

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be about what happened to people? And about their experiences. There

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is a tension between finding out what happened and giving people a

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chance to tell their stories and a chance to have some element of

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catharsis. It seems bizarre that in those days, the blood was not

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screened, it was sold by people to hospitals and so one, some of those

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selling products were criminals. American prisoners paid for their

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donations. It seems bizarre it was not screened. It is about whether

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you accept other people'sstandards because they were obtained from

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elsewhere and we did not know the extent to which they screamed and we

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would not screening. The Telegraph newspaper talking about inquiries --

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which they screamed. And a federal prosecutor is looking into the

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possibility of collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian

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officials. All of those enquiries have been given another bit of

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evidence. Exhibit 700 92. An e-mail between Donald Trump junior and a

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pop impresario from Britain. Only in America! Very weird. The pop

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impresario is allegedly in touch with Donald Trump's Sun and says the

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Russians have interesting information and might help you win

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the election and so what do the job team do? Do they say we are not

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interested because you cannot influence an election. You Russian

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people, we are not having that. From what we are told they had a meeting

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with someone acting as a go-between. It is their case they did not get

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any significant information from that meeting but I am not sure it

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will matter. Here you have senior people from Donald Trump's team who

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it is said went to the meeting in expectation they would get

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information to help them win the election and influence their

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selection. I think there is deep trouble. Whether it stretches to the

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President, I am not sure, but certainly another piece of evidence

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against him. I don't know if you have put your money on the bookies.

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Have not, but it is more of a bad smell with this fish, this rush of

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fish, concerning the troubled family. The front page of the Daily

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Telegraph says Trump Junior facing Russian treason investigation.

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Apparently, technically, you have to be at war for it to be treason in

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America. Last I looked, Russia is not at war with America, not on the

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face of it, maybe there is a cyber war going on, but it is about

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collusion and the possibility we should not be axed setting

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information potentially to a rival in an election campaign,

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particularly from a foreign power. They shouldn't. A damning quote from

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Trump Junior pictures from the inauguration. He got the e-mail

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saying he got the information and he said, I love it. Spare a thought for

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the journalist on the New York Times who tweeted poignantly, we have been

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chasing this for a year. The greatest spoiler of all time. As a

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journalist, I applaud and feel for him. It is a very warm family

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because Donald Trump said my son is a high-quality person and I applaud

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his transparency. What we would all say about our children. If you have

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a federal prosecutor like Robert Muller breathing down your neck at

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this stage you say very little, which is precisely why his tweets

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have stopped for the last, I don't know, few hours. This don't get

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comfortable. All rights. The express, the EU can whistle for its

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money. A Tory backbencher supported by Boris Johnson and the backbencher

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said the EU should go whistle if it wants a divorce bill that is huge.

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This ?85 billion. Typical performance from Boris, to cheer the

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troops about Brexit. The Tory MP said tell them to go whistle and

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Boris obliged. And he went further and said we'd do not have a plan for

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no deal. Emily Thornberry said have you privately got a plan, so if you

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are being kind to Boris he is taking that literally and whether

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personally he has a plan, well no. We love it in the Express because

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that is how we feel but probably compromise is going to have to be

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made and later David Davis the Brexit Secretary was giving

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evidence. He is seen as the calm voice. Allison, you love it at the

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Express but you do not love it at the Guardian! David Davis probably

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did not love it much either because he is conducting the negotiations.

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Probably had his head in his hands. He will go into the meeting and say,

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what Boris said... You conduct your negotiations like this. Insult the

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person you negotiate with as much as you can. There is the public side.

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And behind... It is high-stakes poker, negotiating tactics. I look

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at my cards and looked impassive, I do not chuck things at the person

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across the table. Stay calm. It will be brilliant. You assume Boris has a

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plan B, what if he is true to his word, taken at face value, on the

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Express, you would be panicking? We are not panicking. Downing Street,

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David Davis saying we plan for every contingency. A deal always gets

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done. On everything. You are comforted because Boris said so? You

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heard it, a deal always gets done. I think they have contingencies. They

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didn't for the vote, with Brexit. No rerunning of the EU referendum,

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please. Johanna Konta. Tipping the star to knockout Venus Williams in

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the semifinal. That is a big mountain to climb but what a win.

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Absolutely. Centre court, when they close the roof and there are British

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players on, it is absolutely a brilliant atmosphere. Worth a few

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games in itself to the player because they gets so much support.

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She benefited today and played extraordinarily well. I think the

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second time she has come back to being set down and that doesn't seem

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to worry her now. She showed such grit. I watched bits of it and the

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end. Note bass, have done work. Was just catching up. It was

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astonishing. We have ourselves a proper tennis player. Has Hungarian

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parrots, she was born -- she has Hungarian parents. She

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was born in Australia. There is a monitor in the middle of the desk

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and I can watch it. But I don't! Notes to boss. Thanks for looking at

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the stories behind the headlines. Goodbye.

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The evening, and unsettled spell of weather across England and Wales

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with some areas seeing over an inch of rain fall. In the south-west and

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across Wales, you could see it was heavy at times and

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