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

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

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us tomorrow. With me are the political

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commentator and journalist, Daisy McAndrew, and Tim Stanley,

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lead writer at The Daily Telegraph. Of course some of the papers feature

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Tropical Storm Harvey. The FT reports that the US State

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of Houston has been hit by "catastrophic" flooding

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as the storm caused torrential rains The Express focuses on what it calls

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Labour's U-turn on the single market, saying the party is facing

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a backlash from MPs after announcing The Sun suggests scientists

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in the US have found a breakthrough to prevent the risk

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of heart attack and cancer. The i also leads

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with the same story. They say the drug has been welcomed

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by the British Heart Foundation. The Guardian's headline is Backlash

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over Labour's 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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greater controls on immigration. The Daily Mail, also reports

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on the new study which claims thousands of lives could be saved

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thanks to a new heart drug hailed as the biggest breakthrough

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since statins. The Times claims that a young

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Christian child was taken from her family and allegedly forced

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to live with foster carers where she was encouraged

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to learn Arabic. We will begin with that story from

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the Times. Tell us what has been claimed. It is a very interesting

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story. Controversial for many reasons. Controversial for what

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Tower Hamlets is being accused of and for the Times itself. It is an

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exclusive written by a fantastic journalist with a reputation for

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getting big scoops. There is a part of me that thinks there is more to

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this story than meets the eye. I suspect this is the beginning of a

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number of stories on fostering children. This fight here old little

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girl, you can see her on the front page, pixelated, has been placed

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into foster care, taken away from her mother, and pay for them was on

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family. -- five-year-old. They don't speak English all the time at home.

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You can see they were a burka. The controversy is people will think

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this is pandering to racist views. Why should you not have one religion

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fostering another when you come down to it, if the child cannot make

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herself understood, does not make herself heard, that is a serious

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problem and could be very distressing for the child. Then you

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come to the whys. Are then no white families, non- Muslim families --

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there no. You think there cannot be none in the area. They have not had

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problems in the past putting white children with white foster parents.

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It seems to me this is either the way from the Times of saying how

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many more stories like these are out there? Is there a greater scandal

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about fostering in Tower Hamlets? We will find out more. I have something

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to say from them soon. The Times has been told that across London there

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are several examples of white British children with nonwhite

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foster carers. This sounds like the beginning of a series of scoops. The

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question is, to what extent does this contradicts the children's act

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that requires before making any decision about a child, the local

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authority should give thought to the racial origin, religious background,

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and cultural and linguistic background. There is nothing wrong

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with a Muslim family fostering a white child. Of course not. It is

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about the law. There have been cases of Conservative Christian,

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politically conservative families, who have been denied the right to

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foster. Is this case like claimed? A child baptised in a church put with

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a Muslim family that do not meet the apparent standard return in the 1989

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act? And this particular Muslim foster mother has been saying things

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to this child like white women all drink too much, you are immoral,

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that is a quote. Tower Hamlets is saying this. We have a comment from

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a council spokesperson. We are unable to comment on individual

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cases, those subjects to court proceedings. We provide loving homes

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for hundreds of children every year and in every case we give absolute

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consideration for the background and cultural identity of the children.

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All foster carers receive training and support from the council to make

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sure they are fully qualified to meet the needs of the children in

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their care. If this foster mother has had this training and if the

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quotes are not true, it has not worked. The other thing that makes

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me feel squeamish is even though you cannot see her face, this is a

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vulnerable child, one with a difficult life already, on the front

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page of the Times. That makes me feel uneasy. If it is because this

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is a story that desperately needs to be told, I understand why. But it

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makes me feel... Is it not more than one family? I don't think so. They

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are concentrating on one but they say they have heard of others. I

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heard it was two Muslim families where this happened. They have

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apparently done through to households. Just to round this

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conversation off, we cannot verify it at this point in time. We put it

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out there because it is on the front page of the Times. This is another

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reason. It is Tower Hamlets. They have a very controversial past. We

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remember the man was sacked and the council stripped of its powers in

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the past. -- mayor. That makes it more newsworthy when something

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happens. The Express. The coverage of Labour's record U-turn, as they

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call it. The record on Brexit. They said they wanted to leave the

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customs union. But Kier Starmer has nailed their colours to the mast and

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say they support a transition period, one in which Britain stays

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within the customs union. They say it will last 1- for years. Then a

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new relationship will be created. -- 1-4 Labour is trying to carve a

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position which will win over Remainers and Leavers. However, the

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Express... We were saying this that several stories are reported

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differently in different papers. Most papers have, the same line,

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which is interesting. There will be a political cost to take this

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position. Many Remainers wanted this. But many UKIP voters and Tory

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voters and Brexit voters voted for Labour with the understanding they

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accepted the vote. Many voted leave from Labour. The Tories... It was a

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mixed picture, the selection. The Tories did pretty well in the north.

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It is good news in that it means we are back in a pre-election position

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where we know what Labour's position is. Wanting to stay with the single

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market. That gives the Tories an opportunity. It might be worth

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showing the front page of the Guardian. It is doing a similar

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thing. They are using the term soft Brexit. We will hear more about

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that. Any decision, announcement, is political. This is an especially

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political decision. The Labour Party has decided that things are shifting

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in a certain direction. Soft Brexit is now the way to go. The Labour

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frontbenchers were sacked, if you remember, for voting against hard

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Brexit, just a number of months ago. This is a huge U-turn and should not

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be written up as anything other. But if they believe there is a lot of

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buyer's remorse, regretful Brexiteers, they are wrong. The

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evidence shows people are not regretting it. If you ask them in a

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poll do you think the government is handling it well, anonymous lay no,

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65%. People would not vote differently. -- in an anonymous way.

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They could be looking to form a parliamentary alliance. They

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essentially have within Parliament, they are starting to manifest a

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2-pronged go, on the one hand to rewrite the legislation,

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safeguarding environmental standards and perhaps pressuring the

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government to say we will stay within the single market in the

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transition period. That is the first thing. Parliamentary action. The

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second thing is to try to make the case for a second referendum. Once

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the negotiations are over, Britain will get a second chance to vote on

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this. That will leave open the option for the status quo. But this

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man says that is what the single market means when it comes to

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politics in this country, it means... Most people would be happy

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to stay in the single market for purely a trading relationship. But

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most see that opens up the gates to mass migration. That is what they

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feel leaving the EU was about stopping. In the final minutes, the

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images in front of the papers from Texas. Very frightening. We have

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seen the moving pictures on this channel and others denied. People

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calling at the worst natural disaster to hit the States for many

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years. -- tonight. I heard earlier it was five dead, but that number is

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expected to increase significantly. We hope it does not. Even if it does

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not, the damage being caused to livelihoods and properties is

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intense. When you see these before and after pictures of how strong it

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is, it is extraordinary. It looks like a third World country. We just

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don't get those kinds of weather incidents. It remains to be seen how

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the president copes with it on Twitter. There has been talk of him

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going there on Tuesday. Interesting to see how that unfolds. That is it.

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Don't forget, all of the front pages our on line on the BBC News website.

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-- are on line. It is there for you every day of the week. You can see

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tonight's edition on line. Thank you. And now it is the film review.

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