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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 Dia Chakravarty,

the Daily Telegraph's Brexit editor,

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and Laura Hughes,

political correspondent

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from the Financial Times.

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Welcome. Happy New Year. Let's show

you what front pages we have.

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The Metro leads with that explosive

book behind the scenes

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of the White House,

which includes unflattering

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material about the president

and revelations about his hair.

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The times also features the book in

which Steve Bannon is said to have

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made some sensational claims about

his former boss.

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The Express looks at how much money

is spent on foreign aid, and says

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some MPs say it should be diverted

to the cash-strapped NHS.

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The FT reports on the story

we brought you earlier,

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about companies being warned

to replace all their computer

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hardware or risk a cyber

attack from hackers.

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The Telegraph leads on the release

of John Worboys, thought to be one

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of the UK's most prolific rapists,

who is set to be freed from prison.

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The Mirror also has that story.

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It says Worboys will be released

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just eight years

after being jailed.

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The sun headline says that is not

just this as a Parole Board approves

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his release. And the Guardian leads

on the National Health Service

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winter crisis, which led to an

apology from the Prime Minister

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after tens of thousands of people

had their operations postponed.

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Let's start off with Donald Trump

and this sensational book, as it is

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being described. The new line on

that, according to the Times

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newspaper, is that Donald Trump's

mental health has been questioned by

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Steve Bannon, his former ideological

soul mate and top aide who know, it

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seems, has turned against him.

The

basic story is that Michael Wolff,

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the journalist, is bringing out a

book tomorrow and President Trump's

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lawyers are trying to get an

injunction to stop that from being

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published. The explosive claims you

talk about, talk about the

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spectacular falling out between

Steve Bannon, his former right-hand

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man, and Donald Trump. It talks

about invoking this amendment, the

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25th Amendment, which questions...

Which can actually depose a

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president from office on mental

health grounds. It has gone to that

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sort of level. There is a huge

amount of interest. This is

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following the events of what

happened after Charlottesville and

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Trump's inability to actually

condemn what is seen as the white

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supremacist aspect of those

incidents.

Some sensational

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allegations in this book from what

we have read so far. Do we learn a

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lot, do we think, but the real White

House, the real Donald Trump?

I

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think it is less about the White

House and more about Donald Trump's

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time in the White House. Already

people are suggesting this book is

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not true, that it is actually not

totally accurate. But whatever does

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come out will be incredibly damning

to the president, which is why he is

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taking these dramatic steps to try

and stop its publication. Ironically

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though and brilliantly for the

author himself, this huge storm is

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the best PR you could ever hope for.

It is a best seller already. It was

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meant to come out next week. But

because of the excitement it is

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being published tomorrow.

And Donald

Trump so angry about it. The front

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page of the Metro plays on that.

Keep your hair on. An unflattering

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picture of the American president.

As you say, the more he tries to

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stop this book being published,

which seems a forlorn attempt, the

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more he -- it is destined to rise in

the best seller lists.

It is

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difficult to stop it being

published. There will be leaks.

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Everybody will try to get their

hands on the book. It has reached

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the best seller list through

pre-orders. What actually is going

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to happen would be quite

interesting. I don't know if

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anything new is coming out of this.

He has this perception. It seems to

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be a confirmation that a lot of

people, allegations that a lot of

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people are made against him. How he

comes out of it will be interesting.

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It is interesting with the leaks we

have seen so far, the family of

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Donald Trump say there are

suggestions his daughter had a sort

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of plan and part to become the next

president following her father.

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Really personal things about her

describing his hairstyle and how he

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managed to get it that way. Stories

of his wife crying when it was

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revealed he would be president,

arriving in the White House not

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knowing how to do with that. The

question of his mental health is

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quite a serious one. I remember the

time in August when the racial

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violence was happening in Virginia,

the leader of the free world had

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this sort of extraordinary response

to the violence and kept blaming

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both sides, then blaming one side,

it was all very confused. These are

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pretty serious allegations that

supposedly have been made by one of

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Trump's closest allies. He has since

come out and said, it is not me, we

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have a good relationship, I am super

loyal to my old boss.

Not that

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loyal!

Trump claimed he lost his

mind when he left the White House.

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Let's move on to the Daily Telegraph

front page. It is on a number of

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front pages, the story about John

Warboys, sentenced to a minimum of

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eight years after drugging and

sexually assaulting at least 12

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women. He was a black cab driver,

known as the black cab rapist, who

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had what was called in the trial as

a rape kit in his vehicle. Ian Sloan

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to get released.

This seems to be

the biggest story of the night. It

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has struck quite a lot of people, I

think, the fact that 102 people have

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come forward and alleged that this

man has raped them. And as you have

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just read out, it was all

premeditated. He had a rape kit in

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his car to carry out his crime. When

the case was actually been discussed

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in the courts, I think it was in

2009, if I remember correctly, the

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police officers involved were

originally very surprised at what

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they thought was quite a lenient

sentence that had been served. It

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had not been referred to the Court

of Appeal at that time. That seemed

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like a surprise to a lot of the

officers involved in this case. Now,

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with this early release, it is very

strange. He is going from a closed

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prison to being released.

And Laura,

government sources are quoted as

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saying this is a surprising

decision. The government are clearly

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very concerned?

Yes. And also David

Lidington, the Justice Secretary,

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has no powers to do anything about

it. The concern would be the public

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perception of this decision by the

three members of this panel who have

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approved his release and seemed to

deem this man is now safe to be

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among women. There will be calls to

see how they reached that verdict,

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what the conversation was they had

in that room when they made that

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decision. The number -- a number of

the women have come forward and said

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they had absolutely no idea this

decision had been taken. That to me

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is pretty shocking. They didn't even

know this man was going to be coming

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out. One woman said she learned of

the news while cooking tea for her

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children. She saw it on the

television.

Jamie Oliver in the

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daily Mirror. Stop your kids buying

sugary energy drinks. Shivering

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drinks is a hot topic. We ran a

story earlier on. -- sugar in drinks

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is a hot topic. The makers of iron

Bru are going to cut New Meadow

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sugar in it by Mark -- half.

Jamie

Oliver has become known as a bit of

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a killjoy, saying children should

not be reading this and that. When

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he himself has tried to serve kids

healthy food at school, kids were

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actually refusing to read that and

were actually trying to go and eat

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fast food somewhere else. The

question would be to see how we

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actually deal with it as a society.

I think far too often we are very

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quick to slap on a tax on something.

To a certain extent we expect the

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state to be the parent rather than

our parents, schools or communities.

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Often that does not work. If we're

not getting into the habit of

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healthy eating, people will

stockpile and probably have the

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sugar and take it from somewhere

else. I question the merits of that

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to a certain extent. Of course we

need to be concerned about what we

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eat.

Let's move on to the Guardian.

The NHS story is a big story this

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week. The postponement of routine

operations causing a lot of people a

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lot of anxiety. The Prime Minister,

an apology to the patients hit by

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the this -- by these delays. A

politically damaging to think this

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is too Theresa May?

I think it was

quite damaging yesterday that Jeremy

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Hunt apologised. When she gave a

statement she chose not to

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apologise. She has struck a

different tone today and has made

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that apology, probably because she

felt it was necessary. It is

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damaging for her because obviously

the strained relationship she has

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with Stephen -- Simon Stevens, who

as a transactional arrangement of

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Number 10 at the moment in a way he

didn't have under George Osborne. He

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has kept out of the dark. Before

Christmas Theresa May said as head

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of the NHS you are personally

responsible for ensuring we get

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through this winter. Every statement

ever made by her on the NHS

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contributes to this slightly bizarre

strained transactional relationship

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that these two have. It probably

paid for a politically today to

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apologise but Labour will jump on

this and called for more money to be

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put into the NHS.

Problems in the

NHS, the education system. The Times

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front page, crisis in teacher

recruitment as applications have

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fallen by a third. That is a big

drop?

Yes, concerns are apparently

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around classroom stress -- stress

and accountability. And confusion

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about routes into the profession.

That is very strange. Classroom

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stress I can understand.

Accountability and confusion around

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route into the profession is

something we should be able to deal

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with. Accountability, what does that

mean for teachers? Accountability is

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something that every adult in every

industry would have two deal with. I

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don't understand how they propose to

deal with it. They are comparing the

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jobs with management consultancy

etc. Accountability will be an issue

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in those jobs. Are we saying we're

not preparing our teachers when we

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are providing them with the

training, with the necessary tools

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you need for the role? And how can

you do, what can you do to train

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them better for these particular

stresses of this particular

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industry?

The Financial Times,

Laura, your paper. FrontPage. They

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have got a about defence.

Toggles

through that? Defence cuts is a big

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issue. It has been recently. The

defence Minister recently urging the

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government not to make any more

cuts. The government does not know

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how to deal with a black hole in

funding. They are trying to break it

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up into little bits so they don't

have to answer questions as to how

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they have gone to plug this massive

gap. We have certain targets. There

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are still proposing... There are

calls from senior politicians asking

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for more money. The goblin don't

seem to know where it is God, from.

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They are pushing the issue back into

the long grass for as long as they

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can.

In a sense there is not enough

money for the health service either.

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A perennial problem for government.

Where do you allocate the resources?

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It is always going to be about

priorities. When it comes to

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security, the Conservative problem

is also that there is a group of

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very plucky young Conservative MPs

who feel very passionately about

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this. They have been adding their

voices to it. Johnny Mercer, seem to

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be a rising star in the Conservative

Party. This could be politically

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quite difficult for Theresa May and

her government.

A few seconds left.

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Laura, looking ahead to 2018 as a

political correspondent, would this

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be a difficult year for the Prime

Minister?

If you look back at last

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year from the terrorist attacks to

the Brexit negotiations, to losing

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Cabinet ministers, she is going to

try to watch yourself this year. She

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doesn't want to be the Brexit Prime

Minister. She will try to talk about

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other things. But in reality it is

going to be about Brexit. I am not

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predicting anything because I don't

think you can.

You spoilsport! All

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right. No predictions. Thank you

indeed.

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Good to talk to you. That is it from

the papers denied. You can see the

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front pages online, on BBC News

website, seven days a week.

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If you missed -- missed the

programme any evening of the week,

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you can watch it on my player. Thank

you again.

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That is it. Goodbye.

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