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


With me are the journalist James Rampton, and Annabelle Dickson,


Political Correspondent at Politico Europe.


Tomorrow's front pages, starting with:


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


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


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


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


leadership contest. Many MPs expected her to step down following


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


understanding almost that she was the caretaker leader and she would


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


had the stability, then the Conservatives could start having a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


people suggesting that are the Metropolitan elite who are out of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


half of them will come from overseas, to plug staffing


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


would be disastrous for the sustainability of


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


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


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


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


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


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


expensive training. The idea they will appear from nowhere is


fantastical. Get Arnold Schwarzenegger in to do an advert


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


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


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


those that had pictures of Princes William and Harry at Kensington


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


throughout this. They made a surprise appearance today,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Papers tonight.


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