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Hello.

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This is BBC News.

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We'll be taking a look at tomorrow

mornings papers in a moment -

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first the headlines.

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There's growing criticism over

the actions of two former police

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officers who leaked allegations that

pornographic images had been

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found on a work computer

of the Cabinet minister,

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Damian Green.

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Mr Green has denied looking

at or downloading pornography.

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President Trump has insisted

that the actions of his former

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national security adviser,

Michael Flynn, were lawful -

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but he had to sack him

because he had lied

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to the vice-president and the FBI.

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The family of a 14-year-old boy

who died after he was hit by a car

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on the M67 motorway have said

they are "completely heartbroken".

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The members of the border of the

government's social mobility

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commission have resigned. The day I

pray they have cited a lack of

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leadership. -- they have cited a

lack of leadership.

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The family of a 14-year-old boy

who died after he was hit by a car

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on the M67 motorway have said

they are "completely heartbroken".

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Samuel Berkley was found critically

injured near junction three at Hyde

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yesterday afternoon.

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Barclays Bank says it will no longer

offer a Russian anti-virus software

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programme free to customers

after warnings it could be

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exploited by the Kremlin.

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Kaspersky Lab denies any links

to the Russian government.

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And Meet The Author this week I'm

joined by the author Kate Mozley.

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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 the economics

commentator and author

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Dharshini David and the US

broadcaster and commentator

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Charlie Wolf.

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Tomorrow's front pages.

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The Observer leads with the news

that Alan Milburn has resigned in

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protest at the government's

policies.

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The Sunday Times goes

with the same story,

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reporting that Mr Milburn accused

ministers of betraying the people

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who voted for Brexit.

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The Mail on Sunday says

a Labour peer has been

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wrongly claiming expenses -

the peer says he will pay

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some of the money back.

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The Sunday Telegraph

reports on dissent within

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the Conservative Party over the role

EU courts will play

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in the UK after Brexit.

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And the Sunday Express claims

the upcoming royal wedding will lift

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the economy by half a billion pounds

and boost the Uk's diplomatic

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relationship with the United States

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So let's begin.

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Will you start us off, The Observer

and this front-page story. Remind

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us, social mobility, what does that

mean?

It means you start in one

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place and can you end up better off

than your beginnings suggest. To be

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honest, this is Alan Milburn, it's

not just him. He's saying all three

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of his fellow commissioners are

quitting because they feel

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frustrated. Not enough is being done

and it is being sidelined because of

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Brexit. Ironically they say the

people who they should be focusing

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on the people who aren't seeing

social mobility and are

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disproportionately located in areas

who voted for Brexit and they are

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missing out. The statistics are

pretty bleak. If you look at someone

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born in the 1980s, the first

generation who aren't expected to be

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better off than the generation

before them. Real earnings are going

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to flat line in the next 20 years.

One wonders if this is more because

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they have so many other priorities,

they've got Brexit to worry about

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and other economic things and this

has been pushed the background, or

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is this a longer term thing?

I am

surprised they are over occupied

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with Brexit, as much as I am in

favour of it. It's harder than they

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thought. I guess the thing for me

is, Brexit actually should be

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helping pick a social mobility is

based on productivity and... Forgive

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me, my mind has gone... Getting work

and progressing and what have you.

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Making progress.

And opportunity to

make money.

That's what's missing. I

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think it's easier solved if you can

just get it out of the way and let

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companies grow and expand. We'll be

talking about Trump's tax plan. One

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of the things is dropping the tax

rates and getting it to where

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businesses can hire. Let businesses

be profitable.

Dharshini, Alan

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Milburn being quoted the saying

setting out a proposition to do

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something about this and then not

doing it is almost worse than not

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doing anything about it at. Yellow

Theresa May came into office and

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said she was all about creating

Britain for everyone.

Acknowledging

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some people feel left out of the

progress being made. What hearing

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here is we need to hear about Abe

Britain that is going to be

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successful in the long and social

mobility is part and parcel. On the

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other hand these are people who are

well qualified to do the job, why

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resign?

Prosperity is a circle, it

leads to productivity which leads

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to...

And that leads us to what

Donald Trump has been doing. The

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Sunday Telegraph says his joy at

fight for the biggest tax cut...

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It's not perfect. Anything is a step

forward. The tax system in America

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as it is here, I do know how many

hundreds of thousands of pages in

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the UK tax code?

A huge number of

books.

No one wants to do a tax

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return in the US.

Not at all. It

shouldn't be that way...

Charlie,

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corporation tax, that's the tax

companies pay. It's going to be

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dropped from 35 to 20%. It's

incentivising some perhaps but

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that's an enormous cut the business.

What about the small man as they

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used to cool it in America, the

ordinary people?

Companies

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effectively don't pay tax. What

happens if tax is figured out by

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your accountants and everything goes

into the final cost. Most of it get

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past onto the consumer.

So you say

you love it so people will pay it?

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You can hire more people be

prosperous. The other thing is when

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Trump as a candidate was talking

about 6 trillion offshore... This

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isn't people hiding it away, this is

money they would like to bring back

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to businesses but it's too

expensive.

It doesn't serve them to

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keep their businesses based in the

US.

Dharshini, it says the move past

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pressure on Britain to increase its

competitiveness. There could be a

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race to the bottom in tax terms.

There always is a race going on. We

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are due to cut our corporation tax

rate down to 17% in the next couple

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of years. On the other side the

argument is can we really afford

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this? Do we really want to be

cutting our tax rates now knowing

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that the coffers are looking

threadbare.

Going back to the

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situation in America, what about the

people. It suggested they will get

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some but they aren't going to be as

good as they think they are. In a

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couple of years' time, I was

speaking to a professor in Virginia

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earlier on, he said people will

realise Mr Trump didn't deliver what

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he said he would.

The big story I'm

getting is people complaining it

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will increase the debt, I don't

think it will because if you look

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back to the Ronald Reagan years,

businesses grow so much that you're

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bringing in more revenue at a lower

rate.

Let's stick with Donald Trump.

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The Sunday Times front page. It's

not the main story. It's a reference

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in the cartoon.

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I expect Charlie knows the answer.

What is happening on February the

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26th?

Working visit, is this what's

going on? There's no details on

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this.

The working visit being the

opening of the new American embassy.

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That is ostensibly what this is all

about. There have been rumours for a

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few days and this will be hugely

controversial for all the reasons...

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If he coming?

I don't find Donald

Trump to be someone who's going to

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be scared of a protest or two. It

probably protest back at them.

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Knowing Donald Trump you'll say it

was the biggest, beautiful protest,

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the biggest protest I've ever had.

He went to France of course.

On the

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other hand he hasn't been attacking

the French the way he has the

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British in the last few days and

social media.

This has been so

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overplayed and it's such a shame.

He's retweeting them...

What he's

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retweeted has been from Ann Coulter.

I don't expect him to know what

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Britain First is.

Why not? He's the

president of the United States.

We

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seem to be going back over an old

story. Surely he could have said I'd

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slightly misunderstood the thought

of people they are, nevertheless

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there is a problem. But he went on

to insult our Prime Minister.

The

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Prime Minister, with all due

respect, tweeted to him. I would

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have thought they could have picked

up the telephone and said Donald,

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maybe you didn't realise this group

is and what you think it is.

Maybe

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she won't get through to him.

Maybe!

We are speculating about

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conversations we don't know much

about. The Sunday Telegraph again.

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Charlie, Tories at war over European

judges.

Theresa May is heading

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towards a rift with some of them

because she's trying to make this

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grand compromise, part of which

would be to allow European judges on

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the ECJ which is the European Court

of Justice, a separate entity from

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the EU, that they would be able to

rule on certain immigration...

And

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trade disputes.

If you are a

sovereign nation you are a sovereign

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nation. You don't want to be

answering to the European Union at

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the back door.

The first paragraph

talks about effectively failing to

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withdraw Britain from the European

Union, that's a bit of a stretch.

It

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is a bit of a stretch.

But it is a

big issue.

It is a huge issue and is

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one of the Iain Duncan Smith.

Very

much a leading Brexiteer.

Said he

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would say that. But it is quite a

stark warning when you put it like

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that. That's why it appears there on

the front page. Is this just a

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warning shot and another stage in

the war of words? Probably.

This

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business about the laws that have

come in from Europe, it is central

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to Brexit for many people.

It really

is. When you ask people what they

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voted for when they voted Brexit I'm

sure that would come into it.

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There's been all these arguments

about what we are going to get

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economically, no one would have

known. Even if we lost it all, to me

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the central argument was is that I

want to be a sovereign nation. It

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has been a sovereign nation. I don't

expect anybody from Europe to be

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ruling on British law, I wouldn't

expect anyone from America to be

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ruling on British law. It may seem

small but it's an important point

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principal.

I guess it depends which

side you voted for how you perceive

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this.

Let's move on, Dharshini

start-ups and this one. This is The

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Observer front-page story about

Momentum and observations from Roy

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Hattersley saying it's leading to

Labour's worst crisis. Is important

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to say Roy Hattersley very much on

the left of his party in his days.

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This is another blast from the past.

We had Alan Milburn and now Roy

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Hattersley. Warning that perhaps we

have got Momentum trying to

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undermine what's going on in the

Labour Party, trying to force up the

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moderates. Not just MPs but

councillors as well and therefore

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somehow edged the party further to

the left, effectively manoeuvre a

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takeover. This is right next to the

story about the social mobility tsar

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quitting. This is about both

parties...

Momentum ...

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Organisations need diversity. They

need a culture that holds them

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together but at the same time they

need diversity so you have different

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points of view. The strength of the

Labour Party itself, if everyone is

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thinking like a radical Momentum

member, first off I don't think

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that's going to garner votes. It

wouldn't sway me. Also I did think

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it's going to help a party to grow

and be able to challenge itself. If

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you have different wings of a party,

at least if you are discussing an

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issue I want to hear from the

left-wing side of the Conservative

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Party but they have to say on an

issue versus right-wing and be able

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to debate within a party. If

Momentum is going to take over...

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Lets end on a cheerful note. If the

royal wedding upcoming.

Everything

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we just said was the minor stories,

this is the bulk of the news!

The

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Mail on Sunday says it has Meghan's

unseen family photo album. We

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cheerful about this?

This is the

greatest economic side ever seen.

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Meghan's wedding president will

boost the UK economy by £500

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million.

It's a lovely feel good

story. I find this funny, think of

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the number and put a couple of zeros

on the end and that's how much

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better we are feeling. This is

something that is going to run and

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run but when you look at the stories

across the rest of the pages...

The

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Americans will come over for that.

The hotels are already booked up in

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Windsor!

LAUGHTER Thank you both.

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That's it for The Papers this hour.

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Thank you Dharshini and Charlie,

you'll both be back at 11.30

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for another look at the stories

making the news tomorrow.

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Coming up next - Meet the Author.

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