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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment -

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The American National Weather Service has described the flooding

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from Tropical Storm Harvey as being "beyond

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Governor of Texas Gregg Abbott says there are more tornado

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Two lorry drivers have been charged with causing death by dangerous

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driving in connection with a collision on the M1

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near Milton Keynes in which eight people were killed.

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Labour has committed, for the first time,

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to keeping the UK in the single market and customs union

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during a transition period after leaving the EU.

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It says it's to avoid the economy falling off a "cliff edge".

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A suspected chemical leak affects at least 50 people

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in the Eastbourne area - police warn residents and visitors

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to avoid the beaches and stay indoors.

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A minute's silence has been observed at the Notting Hill Carnival to pay

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tribute to the victims of Grenfell Fire.

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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 the political commentator and journalist,

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Daisy McAndrew and Tim Stanley, lead writer at The Daily Telegraph.

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Of course some of the papers are dominated by the

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The FT reports that the US state Houston has been hit

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by "catastrophic" flooding as the storm caused torrential rains

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The Express focuses on Labour's U-turn on the single market,

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saying the party is facing a backlash from MPs after announcing

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a dramatic shift in party policy to back continued membership

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The Sun suggests scientists in the US have found

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a breakthrough to prevent the risk of heart attack and cancer.

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While the I also leads with the same story -

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they say the drug has been welcomed by the British Heart Foundation.

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The Guardian's headline is Backlash over Labour's

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shift to soft Brexit' - they report that the move risks

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alienating thousands of voters in traditional seats who support

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And finally, the Daily Mail also reports on the new study

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which claims thousands of lives could be saved thanks to a new heart

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drug hailed as the biggest breakthrough since statins.

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That's a flavour of some of those pages, some of them even in the

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right order! Let's begin with The Express. Easy, take us to the

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outrage as they put it over EU exit betrayal. I don't think anyone who

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reads The Express regularly will be surprised that this outrage. This is

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the story that the Brexit spokesman for the Labour Party has

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significantly shifted their stance on Brexit. To supporting what would

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basically be a soft Brexit. Which was not the position Jeremy Corbyn

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had outlined. The thing that annoys me I will Brexit stories, and you

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could say this on an awful lot of political stories, is that when you

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see two opposing newspapers you think you were reading completely

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different stories. It is frustrating when you think that the truth is in

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the middle somehow. As so often is the case. Also about this Brexit

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story is lot of people nowadays like to say they are so -- there is so

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much buyers' regret from people who voted out, and everyone is now

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convinced it's a terrible idea. It's simply not true. David Cowling who

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I'm sure viewers will know, a fantastic expert on polls and

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elections, very respected, did a big piece earlier this week really

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analysing all the polls since the referendum. Public opinion has not

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shifted one jot. It has shifted one point which is within the rounds of

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complete nothing. Very interesting. I think this move was a direct

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result of the appalling decision to do a general election. This has been

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the inevitable consequence of that. How big shift is by Labour? The

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public may not have changed its mind but it sounds like Labour have. At

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the top of the party, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonald have talked on

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different occasions about leaving the customs union and the single

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market. Out meant out. During the election, lots of voters, Suntory

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and Ukip will have on to Labour on the suction that that was the party

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's position. There are of course other people in the party who favour

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what you describe as a soft Brexit. It sounds like that side has won the

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argument. Keir Starmer has written an article arguing that what should

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happen once Britain has completed these talks has left the EU, that it

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should then enter a transitional period, during which Britain will

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remain within the single market. He says it could be two to four years.

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Whatever happens next we shall see. What's interesting is that during

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the summer, that seems to be pretty close to the position people

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associated with Philip Hammond. Some said he favoured a transitional

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period that perhaps need never end. But of course, about a week ago he

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and Liam Fox wrote an article for my newspaper, the Daily Telegraph,

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saying we have decided out means out. We will not be bowled by any

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treaties. So Labour has moved into that ground, which has been vacated

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by the Tories. Continue the theme with the inside of the Sun, page

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two. Again, perhaps not surprisingly, critical of where Keir

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Starmer is now. And not unreasonably. Reading the Observer

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article, it was not the Observer was at first remark reading the article,

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he is clear about this position. What he is not about is what that

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means the free movement. Presumably if you are in the single market you

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retain that. Which is something that will irritate a lot of voters. The

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other thing is thing is he is really not clear about what the future

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relationship with the EU will be. He mentions three times a future

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relationship which will be progressive, not just about trade

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but science and things like that, which is superb but of course the

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Tories have been a bit clearer. They say it is a free trade deal. He is

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not absolutely clear about what it means when it begins. Your point of

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the Tories being clearer is true on one side in that they have sounded

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clearer. The fundamental truth is that no politician knows really what

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they are talking about, because how could they? We are in such uncharted

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waters. The Labour Party is trying to put some clear blue water or some

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proper choices in front of the electorate. I think in the view that

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there will be an election sooner rather than later. They want to

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offer that choice. Expecting anyone to have any answers about any

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details is a pie in the sky. Don't forget, Michel Barnier said at one

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point there will be known smooth terrain. This is not possible. Both

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sides could be discussing something that is not even feasible. Lets add

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to the potential confusion. This report on Page two of the sun

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quoting somebody who went to the meeting at Chequers, suggesting that

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Theresa May will quit in two years' time. This is not the first time

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we've had this story. This has been bandied about quite a bit. Number

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ten has said it's all rubbish. Silly season, August, nothing better. Not

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the same as saying it's not true. This first came out with the 1922

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committee, then her saying she cried election night, people putting words

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in her mouth sort of, saying she has decided not to stay another two

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years. I suspect this is wishful thinking on some people's behalf.

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I'm sure she has no idea how long she's going to be in number ten. She

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will be hoping it will be a full term. With a tiny majority quite

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unlikely, I would've thought. Some say the conference will be make or

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break with her big speech, will she apologise for went wrong, some

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people say. I agree with Daisy. There is a sort of Damocles hanging

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over her head right now and it all comes down to whether people feel

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she handles things well or not. You are quite right to link the two

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stories because they are most definitely linked. Her weakness and

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the Labour Party movement. Let me link another one. The front of the

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Financial Times... Very nicely done. Almost as if it was planned! Their

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suggestion is that she is yes, under pressure, but partly because of what

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Labour are announcing. Let's forget about silly season. It's all going

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to start when parliament comebacks together and Brexit legislation

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starts to get negotiated. The importance of the last election was

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that the Tories wanted a big majority to smooth the Brexit they

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wanted to the comments. The problem is, they do not have a majority,

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which means on the one hand, labour take this position matters. It would

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not have done before. But it matters now. Equally important is the

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behaviour of Tory rebels, who now feel if Labour is taking this

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position and remaining in the single market, we can ally with them and

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perhaps through the comments we can affect a negotiation. And those Tory

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rebels are those who are very much on the remain side. Absolutely. Just

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hours after this article dropped in the Observer this morning, Matthew

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Parris was not an MP any more but used to be, still an influential

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columnist and writer, used to be a Tory MP. Absolutely die-hard

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Remainer, saying for the first time in his life he could consider voting

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Labour. That is not to be sniffed at. As a comment, lots of Brexiteers

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will sneer at him and say he would say that, but actually he has never

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voted anything other than conservative and buy him to be out

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of the blocks so far saying I would never vote for Kolbing but I would

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vote Labour, if called is not there, given this U-turn, it is

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significant. There will be lots of MPs thinking similar things. -- I

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would never vote for Jeremy Corbyn. They will be thinking it and

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muttering it in the Commodores and suddenly be monitoring it at

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parties. Even by his own it he has been conservative in vote only for a

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very long time. His disagreement with the suppose right-wing drift,

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ie popular drifter the party has been very well known and documented

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in his column. Frankly, I'm not sure... Do tell us what you really

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think. I don't want to go too far down the Matthew Parris route

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because he's not here to defend himself. But we do know who these

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people are who really matter. Nicky Morgan, etc. And Mrs may has a

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working majority of just 13, that involves the DUP as well of course.

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A further combination. A word about the Harry Kane also on the front

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page of the FT. Dramatic photographs of course of two men in some sort of

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treatable craft but a pretty precarious one. Extraordinary

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pictures. I have read I think in the New York Times a short while ago

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that they are saying five dead. I have not seen that confirmed

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elsewhere, but given the build-up, the catastrophic floods, the worse

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the state has seen for 20 years or so they say, if we could hope that

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was the end of it, five deaths is obviously too many but it's not

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quite what was predicted. Fingers crossed, but they are saying this

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evening we will get to everyone, climb up to your roof and someone.

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It's not terribly reassuring. It's always extraordinary miniseries

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things in the States is unthinkable the nations of the world, it is

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surprising they don't deal with these things better. Maybe they have

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worse weather than many. Take us to the Huffington Post. This is where

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Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State of course, is saying that President

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Trump speaks only for himself an American values. This morning on TV,

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Rex Tillerson was asked about the UN. The Ewen's claim that Donald

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Trump... The UN had castigated Donald Trump for his remarks

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following the Charlottesville demonstrations about race. He was

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asked about this and Tillerson responded by saying American values

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are unchanging and are represented by the State Department. We oppose

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racism and favour the equal treatment of all peoples. He was

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asked by the interviewer, what about the President's view? He replied

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that the president speaks for himself. That is pretty remarkable.

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The idea that Secretary of State could imply that the president only

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speak for himself and not the administration of which he is head.

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That is hard to remember something like that happening recently. Hard

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to think of any recent Secretary of State 's prior one who I can imagine

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saying that the president he or she was working alongside. I can't think

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of one. No. We have never been in this situation, it's remarkable.

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When you think back to Theresa May and her visit after the election, it

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all seemed to go so swimmingly. They were there holding hands. The UN and

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Nato were big parts of their discussions, and Trump had called

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later obsolete, it had been a long-time criticism from him, saying

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he would cut funding by hundreds of millions of dollars. May it was very

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pleased she seemed to have made him slightly less and them, rather than

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generally pro-them. But there has been no love lost there for some

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time. The UN has been very critical on his stance on torture recently.

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Lamb busting him for that. You can see Tillerson is in a very difficult

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position with the UN on one side and Trump on the other. You would not

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want that. Tillerson will be responding to diplomatic pressure

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from allies, people who will have been saying to him in the last

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couple of weeks, you have to make some distinction here or people will

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feel they just cannot work for America if the president speaks for

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America on these issues. A word about the Daily Mail front page.

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This is not the only paper to cover this. Best heart drugs or

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distractions. A new monthly injection could save thousands of

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lives. After new look at a health story and you are sceptical that

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this one does seem to have a lot of substance. A report publicised today

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in Barcelona at a big health conference. Looking at what few

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details I have seen, it is as you say a very big report, four years

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long, 10,000 patients. Each of whom had had a heart attack. Apparently

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the point is that if you have had a heart attack you are likely to have

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another within the next 45 years. This drug seems to have cut the risk

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or cut the number of heart attacks that patients had significantly.

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There are two causes of heart attacks, and statins deals with both

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of them. Inflammation and cholesterol. Cholesterol you can

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treat and people know how to treat it but this was those who had some

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sort of information. Certainly look significant. As you said, we are

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slightly set article about the stories. Significant? Expensive too.

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Whereas statins across the UK ?400 a year, this is estimated to cost a a

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year. Until that price drops, probably not something ordinary

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patients can access. On that note, time has beaten us. Thank you both,

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that is it for the papers the south. Thank you Daisy and Tim,

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you'll both be back at half 11 for another look at the stories

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making the news tomorrow.

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