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


With me is Henry Mance, political correspondent


at the Financial Times, and Lucy Fisher, senior political


The Metro leads with Labour MP Jared O'Mara quitting his place


on a Commons equality committee after derogatory comments


he made in the past about gay and overweight people


The FT leads with the story that a Russian tycoon is looking


to increase the value of his aluminium and hydropower


empire, ahead of its initial public offering in London.


The Daily Express calls for an end to foreign aid spending


on its front page, saying it should be directed


towards health and social care funding here instead.


The "i" has more on Theresa May shrugging off reports


that she asked EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker for help


The Telegraph says GPs are ignoring advice by the NHS to put more people


on statins to decrease their risk of heart attacks and strokes.


And the Mirror has details of a new expenses scandal


Let's kick off, then, with the "i", on the Brexit row - Theresa May


shrugging off the alleged Jean-Claude Juncker Lakes. It was


alleged that she had begged for help, and needlessly, in the view of


Jean-Claude Juncker. After the bombshell leak in April, the first


confidential, private meeting between Theresa May and Jean-Claude


Juncker, when he was then set out that she was delusional, combat of


the scale of the man she was making the Brexit, and again, a leak has


occurred to the same German newspaper. Interestingly, her former


chief of staff, Nick Timothy, accused his European counterpart of


being behind the leaks. The counterpart denied this and said it


played into a broader narrative of the UK trying to characterise the EU


as punishing the UK per Brexit. I have enjoyed their handbags at dawn


on Twitter today. What you make of it was Mike Downing Street were


briefing that Theresa May was going to say, I need help on this from you


guys. It is a different -- what do you make of this? Downing Street


were briefing... Theresa May went and talked about the divorce bill,


and now the fallout from a dinner, the belief that communications, even


a private dinners, are not particularly private. A lot of


things need to be negotiated over the next year, and it doesn't look


like the best relationship to start from. Jean-Claude Juncker denied


this when he was doorstep by the BBC amongst other people today, 100%


denial. With a twinkle in his eye, it might be said. Theresa May stood


at the dispatch box today and claim she made significant progress at the


summit last week, and Frank were, as far as I see it, Jeremy Corbyn


called it when he said it was Groundhog Day. The Guardian, their


headline is: To keep Britain in the single market and the customs union


for a couple of years is that aim. What she said today in the Commons


was, if we don't get a deal on trade that goes well beyond that, even


those two years of standing still, giving businesses time, they won't


exist, we will be out in March 2019, and there will be a cliff edge. That


is a way of trying to push the EU towards negotiations on trade, but


it creates the risk that if they don't do what she says, then we had


a very hard exit within two years. Businesses are getting more and more


worried that time is running out? Absolutely, the story in the last 24


hours of five leading business organisations warning that the time


period before March 2019, they're planning period, it's coming to a


crunch point now when they need to know what the transition looks like,


and beyond that, the trade deal. You mentioned Jeremy Corbyn and as a


picture is not actually off him in the Guardian, but it looks like him.


Amazingly, this is Tracey Ullman's new impersonation of the Labour


leader for her new sketch show. I think it's a bit out of date. These


days, Jeremy Corbyn is a bit smarter. He has ditched the beige


jacket and wears a navy suit often. And the tie is done up. No top


button undone any more? No. He has a unique, shambolic vibe, so it would


be interesting see if anyone can take him up. I've not seen any


impersonators manage it. It looks quite like him, though. I think


there are prosthetics there! The Daily Telegraph: Doctors putting


patients off stat ins, prescriptions dropping, according to the


Telegraph. This follows up on advice a few years ago that prescribing


stat ins might benefit more patients. A new study has found that


it is patients themselves are deciding after advice from doctors


that they don't want to risk the side effects because the benefits


don't our crew to the majority of people who take statins, instead to


a small minority. You may take them, not have a good effect and people


say that stepping -- people are stepping back from the advice. It is


patients failing to take them, then? It is the patients who are most at


risk of heart attack and stroke soon appear to be shunning them, perhaps


sold on the critics of statins, who say that the side-effects are not


wanted. Is there a problem with saying that patients should take


statins just because there might be some good? There is advice, and then


it appears it changes. What you find from studies like this is where the


blockages in the system lie. Is it the advice that is wrong, or the


fact that doctors are relying it in the wrong way, or that patients are


coming to the wrong decisions? It is a process of experimenting with how


we prescribe drugs. That is the Daily Telegraph. Now, the metro, and


they focused, as I mentioned earlier, on the MP Jared O'Mara, who


has got into a spot of trouble, the sea. Comments he made online 13


years ago on message board making derogatory comments about gay


people, fat people, talking about and no orgies with girls aloud. He


attempted to cling onto his role on the women and equality is Commons


select committee and it was only in the face of a growing backlash that


he finally agreed to resign from that role. And he is the MP who


defeated Nick Clegg in Sheffield. One of the reasons why something


like this can happen is because Jared O'Mara did not expect to win a


seat, did not expect there to be an election, and there was limited time


for parties to scan candidates and for opposition parties to put them


under scrutiny, and some unexpected people, like Nick Clegg, lost, and


unexpected people, like Jared O'Mara, won. Is it a cautionary tale


that what you put on social media can come back to one should? You do


think, gosh, ten years ago, what was I saying on Facebook? We will see as


time goes on more MPs and people in public life who have come of age but


have said the listings in their youth. Do you think that is true?


Yes, his excuse for laying it on strongly was that he was in his


early 20s. You will have people making comments when they are 15,


13, for someone of the things in Theresa May's manifesto was giving


people more privacy while they are and sharing things on Facebook and


other platforms. It has an impact potentially if you go for a job.


Employers can trawl through your social media history if they. Yes,


and perhaps that is what should have happened here. People have been


asking questions about the robustness of Labour's vetting


process. Several news organisations to date have found a plethora of


different remarks made in different places about different subjects by


Jared O'Mara. Why did the Labour Party not discover that beforehand?


OK, let's just talk briefly about Donald Trump. We've got this


controversy over this call that he made to the widow of an American


soldier who died in Niger, allegedly getting his name wrong and so on,


and he has denied it in a tweet. What do you make of that? We are


entering into a world where what is true and what's not is so difficult


to tell. It Donald Trump goes, as he did today, and claims that he spoke


this fallen soldier's name without hesitation from the beginning of the


conversation, then people who just see that statement in isolation and


I may be inclined to support Donald Trump anyway -- and may be inclined


to support Donald Trump anyway will accept that. There are other


sources, including the soldier's widow, and a politician, who


contradict that. It is a he said- she said thing. Would you trust your


president or the widow of a fallen American soldier? It is hard to


know. One would think perhaps it would be unlikely for someone to


make up something in that scenario, while grieving for their lost


husband, but as we know in recent weeks, he has made comments that


former US presidents haven't honoured US service men - blatantly


untrue. He has also made crass, insensitive comments, I think, about


the particular killed soldier in question, saying he knew what he


signed up for, hardly the thing you want to say to someone who has just


lost a loved one. A couple more stories to look at... Back to the


Telegraph - this is interesting. The Queen's racehorses are won nearly ?7


million in prize money over the last 30 years. I don't think she is


pocketing it all, or any of it. A record-breaking year, ?560,000, a


pheromone. The Queen is famously frugal and famously in love with


horses, so this is the kind of thing that would delight. I don't think


the costs are taken into account, or indeed inflation. The money was made


by the trainers. I thought the Queen had made some money when I saw the


headline. That she had been down the betting shop! Horse racing is a


traditional form of gambling, and I like to have a flutter, and I love


seeing the Queen, often with a headscarf on, at the races. I'm glad


she's winning out. Somebody else who got lucky was this chap in the


Express. A diver who was followed, he says, by a 13 foot shark as he


swam almost five miles to shore. That's quite a chase, isn't it?


Swimming away from a sharp five miles. I think he was only followed


by the shark, in his account, for the first 15 minutes, then he was so


panicked, having left the boat on a dive in at place that is wonderfully


called Shark Bay. The shark gave up. He then swam a distance that, to be


honest, had some volunteers in the area, people who know about swimming


in these waters, in disbelief that he had swum so far so quickly.


Spoilsport! It's a good story. Could you swim for five miles being chased


by a sharp? I can't come about as a journalist, I could probably put


menace into the tail. -- into the story. He is certainly good at


telling the story of this incredible escapade. It is a great story.


Lovely. Thank you for being with us. Don't forget, you can see


the front pages of the papers It's all there for you seven days


a week at bbc.co.uk/papers - evening, you can watch it


later on BBC iPlayer. There's nothing too


exciting happening Normal autumn weather,


so a lot of cloud, quite damp,


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