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of security procedures being found

on an unencrypted memory stick left

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in the street.

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Now to have a look at what the

papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the economics

commentator and author,

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Dharshini David, and

the Home Affairs Editor

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of the London Evening

Standard, Martin Bentham.

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Good evening to both of you. Thank

you for coming in and is joining us.

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-- and joining.

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Tomorrow's front pages,

starting with this.

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The Financial Times leads

with the Catalonia independence

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crisis, as the region's government

prepares for its first day under

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direct rule by Madrid.

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The Metro says pressure is being put

on the Prime Minister to reveal

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anything she knows about alleged

sexual harassment in Westminster.

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The Telegraph is leading

with the same story.

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It says Theresa May will sack any

ministers if they are proved

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to have behaved inapprorpriately.

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The Times has more on that story,

as well as a big pictures

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of newly-crowned Formula 1

champion, Lewis Hamilton.

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The top story in the Daily Mail

is the prime minister's response

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to the Westminster sexual

harassment allegations,

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including a shake-up of procedures

to deal with such claims.

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The Guardian has the news that

Gordon Brown apparently feels Labour

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didn't win the 2010 election

because he wasn't a good fit

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for today's emotional politics.

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The Sun reports Great British

Bakeoff star Sophie Faldo,

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is being investigated,

for alleged benefit fraud.

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And now to start with the Times. Of

course, the ongoing reporting on the

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allegations in Westminster. A call

for tougher rules as the first MPs

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are named. One wonders where the

pressure is coming from. Theresa May

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is doing it, isn't she?

This is a

test of her leadership once again.

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It is not just about the

allegations, which are still coming

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out tonight, it is more about the

case this is a system she has

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acknowledged she cannot do much

with. She wrote to the Speaker

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saying can we change this? MPs are

effectively self-employed, so it is

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up to them. This is very

embarrassing.

I think what is being

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said is at the moment it is mainly

Tory MPs in the frame. There could

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be others in other parties as time

goes on. What is going on is the

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Prime Minister, if she knows, we

don't know what she does know, but

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if she finds out that MPs, including

senior ministers, according to some

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of the allegations, have been

involved in inappropriate conduct,

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she should deal with them robustly

and immediately. She says one of

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those named, Stephen Crabb, send

inappropriate messages. The Whip

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should be removed from him. The

question is what she should do is

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that if evidence is brought to her,

ask them about the truth or

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otherwise. If they deny them, there

has to be an investigation. The

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suggestion is she should try to

discipline those that she finds

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there has been evidence they have

done something wrong.

There is so

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much pressure on her. She is the

Prime Minister. These allegations

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are about Westminster politicians.

It is cross-party. If it is

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happening in Westminster, who knows

where it is happening? It follows

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Harvey Weinstein and the sexual

harassment allegations. He says

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there was no nonconsensual sex. But

no day has gone by we have not been

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reporting on sexual harassment, not

just in Westminster.

Other papers

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are leading the allegations of

things happening, even here at the

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BBC. We hold people to a high

standard...

Which is why she may

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have to sack any MP. She has to lead

the way.

That headline is stating

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the obvious. If they have been

proven to engage in anything

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physical, it is a criminal activity,

it goes beyond sacking. The

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difficulty is exactly what we were

just getting at, substantiating the

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truth about these allegations. Some

people may turn out to say I have

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done something wrong. If that

happens, that is quite easy to deal

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with. If not, it will take more

time.

You have Garnier holding his

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hands up, and there is an

investigation. On the other hand,

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some may be nonconsensual affairs

that happened a long time ago.

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Ultimately, in the long-run, it will

be interesting to see what the

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Speaker, John Bercow, who the Prime

Minister wrote to calling for

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tougher rules, what he and

parliamentary authorities do about

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it. There needs to be a channel for

people who feel they have been a

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victim of something inappropriate,

to contact authorities and have an

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outlet for it, a confidential one,

so they can raise it. Often, there

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are people who are MPs, of course,

they are only employed by the MP,

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and they are junior people, often,

they don't have a lot of ability to

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go and contact people. You are

taking on someone so much more

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powerful. That is what happens with

these power relationships.

And

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institutions.

You need an outlet,

and you also need to make sure

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people in positions of power, who

have been enabled in their behaviour

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by people around them, whether it is

a company, the power they have...

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The BBC has said this week that it

has procedures in place for

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allegations. The Daily Mirror has a

story, reporting that an

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investigation has been launched into

Radio 5 live presenter George Riley.

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The BBC is not confirming it, saying

they do not comment on individual

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cases.

It shows how sensitive this

is at the moment. These allegations

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are being encouraged in a way they

were not in the past.

We are talking

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about it. It is being reported on,

but slowly.

One interesting thing

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about this is that many of these

claims and allegations are coming up

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through WhatsApp and other networks.

If you are a 22-year-old working for

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NMP and this has happened to you and

you have He may not be part of the

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network. -- an MP.

The Financial

Times to be a number of papers

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reporting on Catalonia. A big day

and a big test.

The first day of

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direct rule. The Catalan officials

are being required to carry out the

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edict from Spain, how they respond

is important, especially the police,

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that is important, and also how the

Spanish then deal with any defiance,

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any resistance, any public protest.

Clearly, what must not happen, I

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think, is heavy handedness on the

part of the Spanish. That only makes

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it worse.

It is a massive test.

Trying to divide the tension.

It is

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quick as well. Only eight weeks

away, the election.

That could

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backfire as well. We saw what

happened with the referendum.

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Heavy-handed tactics did not work.

Exactly. Ultimately, the Spanish

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have to win the Catalan people over

by persuasion rather than by force.

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That is the crucial thing. They have

to persuade them as a whole it is in

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their interest to remain part of

Spain. Trying to Dragoon them into

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it will not work.

The Daily

Telegraph. There is a story on the

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NHS. It is always under scrutiny,

but especially this time of year,

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when it is tested to its absolute

max. Jeremy Hunt has been told by

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Philip Hammond no extra money will

be provided, especially for pay

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rises for doctors and nurses. They

have to find the money elsewhere?

It

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is not exactly down the back of a

sofa. They need a decent pay rise.

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Obviously, doctors and nurses among

many public sector workers have seen

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pay freezes. They have a big

retaining problem. Many of us are

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getting older and are not as healthy

as we used to be to be medicine

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costs more. A lot of pressure on the

NHS.

Page two of the Sun. Pressure

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to stamp out stamp duty. I am sure

that is coming from homeowners. But

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who else is under pressure was blue

this is a think tank, the Adam Smith

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Institute, which is claiming for

going this duty of £12 million would

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bring £10 billion back. It is a huge

amount of money if you are a

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housebuyer.

Yes, especially getting

on the bottom rung of the ladder.

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The thing is, particularly for the

up, if you take it away, house

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prices will go up and you will have

to pay it in a different way. It is

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interesting. It is not on the

Chancellor's list, it is on eight

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think tank's list. -- A. This is the

time of year every think tank in

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person gives a wish list to the

Chancellor.

Page two. A story we

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have reported on today. Thousands of

people are driving diesel cars

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illegally, driving modified diesel

cars without pollution filters. I

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want to start with you. This comes

at a time when drivers will have to

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pay even more money to bring dirty

cars into the of the capital.

London

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is not the only city with a problem

with pollution causing people to

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die. This story is not a new story.

It has been around 2-3 years, this

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problem of people having filters

removed by garages. A, when you have

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your filter, it filters out

dangerous particles and makes them

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more healthy. When you replace it,

you don't have to pay for it to be

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replaced because you don't have one.

It also gives better mileage. There

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are many economic advantages to you

as a selfish driver if you want to

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be selfish and pollute the

atmosphere for everyone else, to

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remove it. People have been doing it

knowing they are allowing the cars

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to be driven illegally. Fortunately,

it seems there is a solution around

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the corner in the next few years. It

will be easier to detect this. At

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the moment, it is not easy to detect

this happening because filters are

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concealed inside the exhaust. It is

quite difficult to see. There is a

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suggestion this will be fixed soon.

Anyone who has had this done should

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be disgraced, I should say.

Well, we

will finish with Lewis Hamilton. He

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graces the front pages and the back

pages! Quite rightly so. The Metro.

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Fantastic four. Lewis Hamilton

battles back from a first lap crash

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with Sebastian Vettel to get an

historic title. Almost did not at

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the start. A close shave. The most

successful route it Formula 1

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driver. -- British. Still a long way

to go to be the world best.

But he

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is quite young.

He is doing well

under pressure.

It was a riveting

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race. Did not start how we wanted

it. The crash quickly and sounded

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angry.

He asked the question, did he

do that on purpose?

I am sure the

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champagne will be flowing in Mexico

tonight. Thank you to both of you

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for coming in to talk about the

papers with us. We will do it again

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