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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Christopher Hope,

chief political correspondent

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at the Daily Telegraph,

and political commentator

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Ayesha Hazarika.

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Tomorrow's front pages -

starting with...

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The Telegraph leads

with the resignation

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of Defence Secretary Michael Fallon,

after allegations about

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his personal conduct.

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The Mirror goes with the same story,

reporting Mr Fallon saying his

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behaviour fell below the standards

required of his office.

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The Times reports fears

within the government that more

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ministers may be forced to resign.

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The Metro also dedicates its front

page to Michael Fallon's resignation

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- and so does the i.

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The Mail claims that Mr Fallon has

warned the Prime Minister

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that there could be further

revelations about his behaviour.

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And the Sun is the only

paper to attempt a pun,

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with 'fallon his sword'.

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I think that works better on the

page there. Only one story in town,

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and we have the two perfect people

to discuss it. The resignation of

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the Defence Secretary. You clearly

have had a busy evening because this

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story only broke at 7:30pm. How much

of a shock was it?

A complete shock.

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He goes back to this claim by a

journalist friend of mine, Julia

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Hartley-Brewer, that Michael Fallon

had touched her on the knee, and she

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said she would punch him if he did

it again. He admitted it and

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apologise, and it was thought that

that was it, really. Then a complete

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bombshell tonight, he's resigned. An

exchange of letters, an

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old-fashioned resignation. There

will be a new person replacing

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Michael Fallon, maybe Tobias

Ellwood, one of his juniors at the

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defence Department. It is

extraordinary that no one thought he

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would go, and we are trying to work

out what it all means.

It's

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interesting. Fallon shocks

Westminster with a stunning

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resignation and admits behaviour

fell short, but we have to see this

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in the context of all of the

allegations swirling around

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Westminster at the moment.

The

climate is very C bra around

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Westminster at the moment, but

people feel this is very... The

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climate is very febrile. A lot of

women feel uncomfortable in

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Westminster, as do a lot of young

men. Pretty much every female friend

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of mine in politics has had

experience of sexual harassment.

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Female advisers, female journalists,

they all have their own stories and

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wonder what to do. Some stories are

historic and some are more recent.

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There is a feeling that a lot of

young women and men have had enough

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of this culture.

It's never really a

police matter. It is a lot lower

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level. It's insidious, it makes you

uncomfortable. It's not a police

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matter. That is far too much.

Theresa May is working out what to

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do about this.

As a man who works in

Westminster, are you aware of these

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kinds of allegations?

You are told

about it, but I am not told the same

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things you are. It's basically women

sharing with other women.

I think

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there is a culture... It's very,

very macho in the House of Commons.

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It's designed to be a bit of a

gentleman 's club. There's still the

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majority of men in positions of

power. The women tend to be the

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support staff, more junior, and the

men are away from their wives, homes

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and families, and there is quite a

lot of subsidised booze, which is a

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heady mixture. My experience is that

a lot of men, who tend to be a bit

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older, don't realise what they are

doing is inappropriate. They don't

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think what they are doing is

particularly bad. They think it

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comes with the job. Being an MP,

being in a position of power, the

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perks that come with it is this kind

of behaviour. They think it is a bit

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of naughty fun.

Michael Fallon said

that his conduct fell below the

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standards that are now expected.

That is what it says on the front

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pages. Do you think Moore might

emerge about his behaviour?

We don't

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know. As things stand tonight, we

don't know the answer. There is a

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suspicion that more might come out.

The BBC reported earlier that more

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claims were made to Number 10. We

don't know if that's true. Maybe he

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felt that rather than hanging on

while other things emerge, he would

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go now.

My experience, and a lot of

the other women I've spoken to,

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often people doing this type of

behaviour is not a one off. It's

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kind of a pattern of behaviour, and

I think he has done the right thing.

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He said about standards for the

Armed Forces, but it's also

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standards of decent men and women

who are modern in 2017 would expect.

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The House of Commons makes judgment

on the rest of us. We have to abide

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by the laws that are created in the

House of Commons. They do have to

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hold themselves to a higher degree

of behaviour.

While there are no new

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allegations against him, there is

evidence that things that he

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previously viewed as flotation might

become public.

On to the Telegraph,

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your front-page story. The headline

was interesting. Fallon quits as

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Westminster sex scandal claims its

first scalp. Is the indication that

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there could be more?

There might be

more. We might go back to the back

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to basics crisis that laid waste to

John Major. That was seen by

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journalists as no more sex and

sleaze, and it triggered all sorts

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of stories.

The other point is that

it's quite easy to get tribal about

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this, and say that it is one party

against another. I am a pretty

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tribal person, having been a Labour

person, and I would say that all

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parties have an issue with this. We

heard terrible stories this week

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about a story about a young activist

who claims she was raped and a party

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official swept it under the carpet.

We have to avoid being partisan.

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Officials need to come together and

find solutions, mechanisms, and

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independent complaint system so that

young, vulnerable men and women in

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the House of Commons feel they have

somewhere to go to.

Damian Green

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denies any allegations about his

conduct, but he is basically under

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pressure and is being investigated

by the Cabinet Office.

Let's move on

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to the Daily Mirror. The front-page

story, Dustin Hoffman sexually

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harassed me when I was just 17. This

is the Oscar-winning actor, famous

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for films like to see. He has been

accused of harassment on the set of

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death of a salesman back in 1985.

The woman who accused me was -- the

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woman who accused him was an intern

at the time. This takes you back to

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Hollywood, where this whole thing

began.

Yes, the Harvey Weinstein

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allegations were the genesis of this

story. It is worth saying that this

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type of culture exists across many,

many industries. I think it happens

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everywhere, but certainly Hollywood

has been the focus of this. The

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interesting, or the worrying thing

about this is that she was a very,

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very young girl, and he was this

movie star, a lot older than her. He

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is saying that... A lot of this is

about abuse of power. Often when

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young people come into film or

politics, they are starry eyed, and

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if you are one of the celebrities,

you have a lot of power, and how you

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wield that power has to be watched

carefully.

Dustin Hoffman says, I

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have the utmost respect for women

and feel terrible that anything I

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might have done could have put her

in an uncomfortable situation. I am

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sorry. So he has apologised.

It's

coming out Daily Mail. Kevin Spacey

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earlier this week. It all started

with the Harvey Weinstein affair. It

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all seems to be really serious, and

a pattern of abuse over many years,

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allegedly, with those women.

Back to

the Telegraph, and a story you vote.

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Labour angers the palace by dragging

the Queen into Brexit row. How have

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they done that?

Get the Queen

involved in the Brexit! Before the

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last referendum last year, it was

said she backed Brexit. This is

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using a Commons procedure, called

the humble address, to try to force

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the government to release these

papers showing the impact of Brexit

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on 58 areas. Where the government to

release this... The Queen has a

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motion called the humble address,

and will have to respond to what the

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Labour Party pushes through, which

may draw the Queen in on Brexit.

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This could be avoided by the

government releasing those

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documents. They are really

important, and there's prominent

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Conservative Party members saying,

what ever position you have taken on

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the Brexit debate, everyone should

care about the future of the

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country, and these impact

assessments are very important for

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MPs to shine a bit of light on what

is going on.

They are saying they

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want to release it.

I thought that

the vote tonight wasn't binding.

The

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speaker said it was binding, but the

government are going to respond. I

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have been led to believe that they

are going to release the gist.

Are

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they going to redact it?

That is

what Keir Starmer said.

Not a

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surprise I am slightly confused by

that!

Slightly confused by Brexit.

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Good to talk to you both.

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Don't forget you can see the front

pages of the papers online

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on the BBC News website.

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It's all there for you -

seven days a week

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on our website.

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Thank you, Christopher Hope

and Ayesha Hazarika.

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