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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 journalist James Rampton, and Annabelle Dickson,

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Political Correspondent at Politico Europe.

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:

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The Telegraph Harvey two stories which dominate the front pages as a

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whole, marking the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana, and

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also reporting on Theresa May's intention to stay in power to fight

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the next general election. The FT say there could be an early

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leadership contest. Many MPs expected her to step down following

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the Brexit negotiation. The Guardian leads with the Prime Minister's

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interview also, in which she insisted she was not a quitter. The

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Daily Mail has: I will fight the next election. It could mean she

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remains Prime Minister for the next ten years, if you do the maths. Then

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the Times says the Prime Minister wants to stay on to focus on social

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justice as well as Brexit. And the metro dedicate the front page to the

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tributes to Diana at Kensington Palace. In the sun, they give a full

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page to Princess Diana, saying she is still the people's Princess.

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Let's start with the Daily Telegraph. I'm no quitter, says

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Made. It's not going to be 2019, after Brexit, that she goes, it

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could be longer. That's right. This came about when she was on tour. She

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has the lobby packed with her in Japan, and after the reports at the

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weekend in the Sunday Mirror that she might have gone by the 30th of

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August 2019, she was asked about this and hit back, saying, no, I'm

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no quitter. I'm going to stay and I want to fight the next election,

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much to everyone's surprise. After the election, there was this

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understanding almost that she was the caretaker leader and she would

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see Brexit through and then kind of after she had dealt with Brexit and

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had the stability, then the Conservatives could start having a

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bloody leadership battle ahead of the next election. I was talking to

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sources today after we got wind of what she had said, and it was a

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mixed response. You know, there were one or two who said she can't fight

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an election, she's proved she can't do it. She was termed the Maybot. We

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all remember the wheat fields, the naughtiness in the wheat fields.

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Yes, and there are others who say, let's see what happens. Who knows

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what will happen in the next couple of years? For someone who is

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supposed to be boring, she does pull out is, first of all the general

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election and now this. I do fear for her. I think what George Osborne

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said a few days after her disastrous result, that she was a dead woman

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walking. I don't think anything has happened since the change my mind

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about that. What also makes me very suspicious is one of her main

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rivals, Boris Johnson, has said he gives his undivided backing. Will he

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stabbed her in the back, the front, the side? He is undivided in his

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opinion about that. He also says he is there to support her. Alarm bells

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ring for me because it reminds me of when Michael Heseltine said, I do

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not foresee circumstances in which I would take over from Mrs Thatcher,

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and then the next day, he stood against. People who say they are not

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a quitter and look like they are clinging on for dear life look

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desperate, and that is smelt by the electorate. I don't think she will

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make it to the next election, and if she does, she will be completely

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toast. Party conference season is coming up in the autumn, and after a

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relatively quiet summer, one assumes she has regrouped. One would imagine

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that is when people will start to mutter and put their colours to the

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mast. Yes, and this is a key test coming up. It dissolves the back is

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almost a month to the day before conference season. This is when all

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the grassroots will be there, and this is a key test of the mood. They

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were the ones who are out on the doorstep with what they were saying

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was a manifesto they despaired of. It wasn't something they could sell

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on the doorstep. They were the ones that rubbed away this shoe leather,

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as it were. Definitely, this is going to be the key test for her,

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and she will have to pull off the performance of a lifetime. James,

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inside the Telegraph, one of the editorial pages, Nick Timothy has at

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page to make -- has a piece. Can she grab political ground that will

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appeal? His contention is that she will be appealing to the common

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ground, which is not necessarily the centre ground which many liberals

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are hankering after. You know, there have been suggestions, James Chapman

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last week saying, could we form a centre ground party? He says that

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people suggesting that are the Metropolitan elite who are out of

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touch with the rest of the country. I do think that her performance was

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so bad in the last election, if I heard strong, stable leadership

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again, I was going to run off the nearest cliff. Here, she seems to be

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reading the tea leaves. I don't know, but I do fear for her future.

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As Eunice she says, grass-mac as soon as she says, I'm no quitter, I

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think she's finished. She was asked the question, and she was kind of

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dammed if she did and dammed if she didn't. If she had said, actually,

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no, I will pack up my bags in two years and go, then the optics for

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Brussels and Brexit talks wouldn't have been good. Really, she had to

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say this. I think there was a sense from other MPs I spoke to today that

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there wasn't a surprise about this. They didn't expect her to wave the

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white flag and say she was. You are right, because we are getting flak

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from Brussels or ready for the ambiguity of our position papers,

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and the supposed vagaries of what we are presenting. So, if Mrs May said

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she was off aim yes, that would create a further sense of

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instability and chaos, which I think is the case within the Tory Party,

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but it would make it even clearer. We shall see if it's a blog or not

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when the time comes. Let's just shimmy over to the Financial Times,

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because they have a picture of her, but her main story -- but their main

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story is the NHS faces a huge agency bill. This is Jeremy Hunt going on a

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recruitment drive for doctors. Tell us more. It is basically saying that

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the NHS is going to have to pay ?100 million to find 5000 doctors, and

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half of them will come from overseas, to plug staffing

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shortages. It is not a new story is that there are staffing shortages in

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the NHS. I'm sure it has been discussed regularly on this lot.

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Absolutely. It is an eye watering sum of money, and that is just going

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to recruitment agencies, not doctors' salaries, which I'm sure

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will beg the question for hard-pressed nurses, loads of

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workers in the NHS, as to why those sort of sums will have to be paid to

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those agencies, and it is worth saying, I think it does in the

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story, that this plan predates Brexit, so it is not even taking

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into account the potential doctors who might leave. Yes, because there

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is this issue of doctors coming from overseas and the ramifications if we

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lose even more of them. I keep thinking of a joke that begins,

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Doctor, doctor, whatever happened to the ?350 million we were promised on

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the side of the Brexit bus for the NHS? I don't know the conclusion,

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but it is true what you say. Helen Stokes Lampard, the chair of the

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Royal College, says, losing the skill and experience of EU workers

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would be disastrous for the sustainability of

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our health service. 2000 of the 34,000 GPs in England are from EU

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countries. If, through some, I think, bizarre outcome, we lose

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those people, that they are not allowed to stay, that is quite a

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large proportion of GP numbers in this country. They take 5-7 years to

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train, and you can't just snap your fingers, Whistle down the nearest

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pub and get 2000 new GPs. They have to have experience and very

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expensive training. The idea they will appear from nowhere is

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fantastical. Get Arnold Schwarzenegger in to do an advert

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and everyone will come running... I think it is absolutely bonkers. A

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huge story which will dominate tomorrow, of course - the 20th

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anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. The Daily Telegraph is one of

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those that had pictures of Princes William and Harry at Kensington

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Palace today. That's right. And lots of people have made the link between

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what they were doing today and what they were doing just under 20 years

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ago. We should say, the Sun and the Mail have that juxtaposition of

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photos. 2017, the adult sons, and in 1997, taking us back to the

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teenagers, well, Harry just 12 at the time. That contrast. I'm sure

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lots of people who have been watching, and have been lots of

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documentaries about it, and these two very articulate boys have been

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talking about the sort of terribly traumatic in their lives, and they

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had said that, actually, this is the last time that they are going to

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talk about it, on this 20th anniversary. And that is kind of it.

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It has been extraordinary hearing what they had to go through, and

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those sort of conversations that went on about what was the best

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thing to do. You had this public outpouring and their own private

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grief. Actually, tomorrow, they are having private grief. You know,

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today was the sort of public appearance, they went to Kensington

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Palace. I am not a monarchist, but I think they behaved impeccably

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throughout this. They made a surprise appearance today,

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absolutely delighted that people who had come to pay tribute, and there

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are moving little details that they gave, such as shaking hands with

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some of the mourners soon afterwards and their hands were wet because

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people were crying so much. I thought those little details really

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brought it to life. Obviously, it is a terrible thing they went through,

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but if one good thing emerged, it is that they talked about how they

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dealt with bereavement and made that OK in inverted commas and a general

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topic of conversation, because so often in England, and across the UK,

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it is taboo. You do the stiff upper lip and don't talk about your

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feelings. But they have validated that and said it is OK if you have

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suffered a loss to discuss it and say that you are grieving and

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incredibly sad. I think that's an amazing achievement they've done, to

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really open up for public debate. Obviously, there will be a lot on

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that tomorrow, with the anniversary. A very quick parting look, again in

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the Telegraph, about Bake Off. There is a cartoon at the bottom.

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Annabelle, talk us through this cartoon. It brings a smile to your

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face, doesn't it? Yes. They have taken me to make big news stories,

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obviously apart from Theresa May saying she won't quit and Princess

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Diana, and put them into one. That would have taken some doing!

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Exactly. We have Bake Off, which started again last night. I have to

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confess, I haven't watched it. They showed viewers... They got good

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numbers. It was fewer than the BBC. But the cartoon is great. Bake Off

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is rubbish, it says on this site. Kim Jong-un has gone too far this

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time! You can criticise anything except Bake Off in this country! We

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have to whiz through everything, as always. It would be nice to have

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more time. But thank you to James and Annabel. That's it for The

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Papers tonight.

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