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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 Lance Price,

political commentator

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and Steven Swinford,

Deputy political editor

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of The Telegraph.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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The Financial Times leads

with the Bank of England hinting

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that interest rate rises

are on the way.

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The Express reports Conservative MP

Jacob Rees-Mogg wants to cut

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government spending on foreign aid.

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The Mirror goes with NHS figures

showing over 1,000 A&E patients

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waited over 12 hours on trollies.

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The Metro says the last two

Briutish Jihadi's from the beheading

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gang known as "The Beatles" have

been captured in Syria.

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The I goes with the same

story, and a look ahead

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to the winter Olympics,

which officially begin tomorrow.

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The Telegraph reports

Jeremy Corbyn told EU

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Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier that

Labour was open to keeping the UK

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in the EU customs union.

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The Guardian leads with a government

crackdown on unpaid internships.

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So a mixed-bag of front pages there,

thank you both for joining us

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tonight, let's hear what you make

of some of those stories.

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Let us start with the FT and this

signal from the Bank of England,

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that rate rises are on the way,

presumably to make sure inflation is

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kept in check.

Exactly. This is

about trying to dampen inflation,

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what we are talking about is is a

doubling of interest rates from 0.5%

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to is %. I cover politics, a lot of

stories matter but this is important

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because it directly affects our

readers and their pockets, if you

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have a mortgage, this means your

payments will go up. If you are a

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saver it is good news because you

will get more interest on your

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savings.

I bet there is a lag

between the higher interest rate, we

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have got used to low interest rates.

It will be a shock.

A relatively

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small rise. It is not that long ago

when interest rates were much

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higher. It is interest, it is not

the first time the Governor of the

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Bank of England and the Monetary

Policy Committee have warned of rate

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rises to come without putting them

up. It makes you wonder whether

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issues that warning is part of the

policy whether they hope the people

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will factor that in and it might

have a dampening effect.

The other

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picture on the front-page this is

the Japanese were in town in Downing

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Street, particularly the car

industry, the Japanese ambassador,

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that little altercation with Larry

the cat. I don't know what was

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happening there, he wasn't playing

for the cameras.

This is before they

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went in. Maybe Larry was concerned

that the Japanese businessmen

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weren't going to give Theresa May

the message they wanted and he was

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turning tail and refusing to play

ball. He is very picky.

He had --

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they had a stark warning, saying we

have to have frictionless trade.

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They were threatening to withdraw

business from the UK, if they don't

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get free trade they will do so.

There is a fake twitter account in

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Larry's name which says I may have

cost Britain a couple of billion.

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You have personal experience of

Larry. We will hopefully see a

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photo.

There, I was at a reception

at Downing Street with colleagues

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from the Jo Cox foundation which I

work for, and there we are, it shows

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that Larry the cat is choosy about

who he decides to fraternise with.

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He was digging his claws into my

hand at the time. But there you are.

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It can be done.

I that had to do a

piece about the day he came to

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Downing Street, he was picked up by

a colleague who he did scratch her.

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He has form. This is your paper

story Steven. This is about Labour's

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policy on Brexit this time.

Indeed,

our Europe editor has on taped a

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memo from Brussels which is a

meeting Jeremy Corbyn had with

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Michel Barnier, why it is

interesting that Jeremy Corbyn

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suggested he was open to staying in

the customs union rather than

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Labour's policy which is to stay in

a customs union, that might sound

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like semantics but to Labour it

means a lot. The party is trying to

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chart a difficult course between

voters many of whom are pro-Remain,

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this memo appears to go in the

middle. Labour is absolutely

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emphatic that Jeremy Corbyn said he

would stay, Labour wanted Britain to

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stay in a customs union not the

customs union, the problem for

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Labour is their position appears to

keep shifting.

We are not going to

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dwell on Brexit so let us move on to

a difference rent story. We have

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heard a lot about this, in the

Mirror. This is about people not

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getting seen by medical staff, they

are being kept on trolleys, missing

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targets month after month. This is

about Jeremy Hunt in the spotlight.

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Yes, and not surprisingly it is the

daily mirror that chooses to put it

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on the front-page, they campaigned

vigorously on the Health Service and

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rightly too. And you know, Jeremy

Hunt carries on smiling, through all

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of this, it would have been in the

past politically unacceptable to

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have missed the targets month after

month, something like 30 months in a

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row, but this Government seems to

think they can just weather it.

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Providing it doesn't get massively

worse they are prepared to live with

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headlines like this because they

don't have the resource or choose

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not to have the resources to put

into the Health Service to tackle

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the problem.

Jeremy Hunt he has

survived. He is one of the longest

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serving Health Secretaries.

He will

become the longest serving Health

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Secretary. He said the NHS staff

knew what they were signing up to.

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It is a problem for the

Conservative, they know that health

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really matter, it is top of the

polls and they know that Jeremy

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Corbyn is doing a lot of the running

on this. People like Boris Johnson

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are aware of this and he has said we

have to make a commitment to

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spending the money, the Brexit Di

depends as he calls it on the NHS.

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He got slapped down across the

country for speaking out of turn on

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that but he hit on a problem for the

Tory, they have to come up with a

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strong health offering by time of

the next election. Brexit alone

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won't get them through this.

The

question is whether they would be

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prepared to put up taxes in the way

national insurance went up under

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Labour to fund the NHS.

There was an

interesting debate about whether

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there should be be high pot casing,

a tax that is specifically protected

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for the Health Service and for

social care in the same way the

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license fee is hypothecated,

directed at one bit of expenditure.

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And an NHS story on page two of the

Express, a league table showing the

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number of NHS workers in England

according to the nationality, that

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is from September 2017. NHS workers

from 202 countries. It is

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extraordinary.

It is amazing, the

figures are amazing, our NHS is an

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incredible institution. There are

two sides to this. These figures

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show those people working in the

NHS. People are concerned will they

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still work in it after Brexit, are

they leaving? The Commons report

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this is taken from shows that the

number of EU staff has changed

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little since the referendum, and

this is an ongoing debate. Will

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these EU nationals that are working

in the NHS stay here, and what kind

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of migration controls are we going

to introduce after Brexit?

The

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question is the ones who are here

will presumably get the right to

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stay. It is about the ones who come

after.

And whether people will leave

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for other reasons and the pool of

available workers from EU countries

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will inevitably diminish. It is

interesting the number of non-EU

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countries in the list and the top

two under Britain, by far the

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largest, are from India and the

Philippines before the first EU

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country, Ireland comes in in fourth

place. So, I mean I am a passionate

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remainor and think that the Health

Service is one of those institutions

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that will suffer badly from Becks.

Others who disagree with me would

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say there is plenty of other

countries able to take up the slack.

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The Metro, this story on the

front-page of a number of other

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papers. Beatles Jihad dis seized.

This was the gang led by Jihad

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diJohn, they are saying these two

have also been captured.

They have

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been at the top of a kill list for

the US for some time. The Daily

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Telegraph disclosed that a while ago

and the fact I have finally been

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caught comes after exhaustive effort

from the US, surveillance, one of

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the questions is where will they end

up. It looks likely this report has

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come out of the US, it looks likely

they will end up in Guantanamo Bay

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in the US I imagine.

And that

presumably would be controversial

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for some. And a headache for the

British Government. The British

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government has been going to lengths

to try to get British citizens out,

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we oppose it, interestingly, also,

apparently, these two guys have been

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squealing, they have been talking to

the, their cap for -- captors and

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giving high level information, so

they may be trying to negotiate

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their way to some sort of better

deal, if they can get a better deal.

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Move on to the guardian now, this is

ministers warning over unpaid

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interns, there is a lot on this

story and making this point this is

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how people do favours, the same

people end up in the same

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profession, it is hard for people to

get in because of this kind of

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thing.

Work experience is the way

into the working work world, you

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look at this, there is statistics

from the Sutton Trust, a charity and

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it estimated that 10,000 graduates

are in internships six monthses

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after they leave university. A fifth

are unpaid. People who have gone

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those months unpaid. I couldn't have

afforded that, if you are somewhere

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in London, living in London with the

living costs here or any city you

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can't afford that, so work

experience would be cut off for you

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and a way into a fantastic

workplace, but it is not just that

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ministers and the HMRC are been

altruistic and trying to right a

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wrong. . If you are not paid you

don't pay tax. There is a real

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interest there on the Government

side, to do something about it.

Lots

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of people were saying it was

happening in Parliament and they are

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trying to clamp-down on it. Now the

final story on the Independent, a

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good story for an awful lot of

women, human eggs, the potential to

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become fertilised embryos are grown

in a laboratory for the first time.

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It raidses hopes for women who don't

of late naturally. An incredible

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breakthrough in science.

It is one

of those exciting science stories

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you only get now and then, to grow

an egg frommish awe -- tissue is

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extraordinary. It offers hope for

women, who are infertile. Older

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women and to girls who are about to

undergo cancer trial.. Trial.. I is

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a remarkable find, all credit to

Edinburgh University.

It amazing

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progress.

It shows the value of this

technology, and of the research that

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has gone into it. I am pleased we

live in a country where the

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scientists are allowed to get on

with this.

It is the fact it is

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British universities doing this work

as well. Thank you. A range of

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stories there to cover.

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A range of stories there to cover.

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That's it for The Papers tonight.

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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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at bbc.co.uk/papers -

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