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Hello and welcome to our look ahead

to what the papers will be

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bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are the Telegraph's Brexit

commissioning editor Asa Bennett

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and the poltical commentator Daisy

McAndrew.

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Good evening to both of you.

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Many of tomorrow's front

pages are already in.

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Let's take a look. Good news for

house-buyers.

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The Metro leads with the news

that the number of people getting

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on the property ladder

is at an 11-year-high.

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Housing also makes front

page of The Express,

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which reports that average house

prices have climbed by £1,000

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a month in the last year.

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The Financial Times features

South Africa's ruling ANC party

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asking President Jacob

Zuma to stand down.

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The i's front page

focuses on Boris Johnson.

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It looks set to a key speech the

Foreign Secretary will make

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tomorrow.

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The Daily Telegraph

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front page also reports actress

Minnie Driver has resigned

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as an Oxfam ambassador

following allegations over

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aid workers' conduct.

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And The Daily Mirror carries

allegations that drunk students

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groped women at an

Oxford University club.

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Let's look at the Telegraph first.

What you think you will hear?

It

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depends which newspapers forward

coverage of this speech to believe,

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whether this is Boris Johnson, as

the Telegraph is saying, laying down

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the law, saying that EU laws are

intolerable, that for us to continue

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do have them, and sort of wagging

his finger at Theresa May and other

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papers say this is a very consensual

speech that Boris Johnson will make.

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Making it tomorrow we will find out.

We understand there are two versions

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he has presented to Downing Street

and he will get one of them out at

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the time depending on how the mood

takes him but there will be nervous

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at Downing Street because we all

know what Boris Johnson's other

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agenda will be, promoting Boris

Johnson!

Two versions of the speech,

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that really is...

Keeping us

guessing.

Quite a head game.

He is a

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showman after all so maybe he is

starting the Brexit extravaganza of

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speeches from all the ministers who

are relevant on this and for the

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Foreign Secretary, because yes, some

papers like the sun have spun it as

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a rebuke or a warning shot to the PM

to say it is intolerable and under

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democratic that we are still tied

into the EU after Brexit but I

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interpret it that he's not wagging

his finger at the Prime Minister but

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people like limits -- people who

supported remain around the Cabinet

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table like Phillip Hammond, because

the way day at Chequers the

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ministers are meant to be having in

the next week, where finally, after

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hours of debate, they will decide

what they want from their future

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relationship with EU so he's trying

to put his argument with some brio.

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And heading off anyone thinking

about a second referendum?

Yes,

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saying that would be entirely

undemocratic, taking potshots at

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people who have said that under

Prime Minister herself as an

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important meeting on Friday with

Angela Merkel. -- and the Prime

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Minister. You can imagine how she is

feeling, Boris on his feet tomorrow,

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what will he say? Will he make life

harder for her and her important

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meeting on Friday or make it easier?

It will keep us amused but you

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wonder every single day, some

speech, something on the grid of

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Downing Street, pushing Brexit, you

think that people would like a bit

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of a break from it!

Let us take a

Brexit break for a moment but

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another story that is sitting on the

grid in South Africa is what on

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earth is happening with President

Jacob Zuma? Day after day, we hear

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the ANC kind of saying, "It is time

to go". The Financial Times focusing

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on this.

They have really gone big

on this and you can understand why

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because the ANC had turned on

President Zuma, calling on him to

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resign but it is not as simple as

that because yes, there are causes

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for this and it has been nine years

of stagnant popularity, stagnant

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economy and the poll ratings have

gone down. But at the same time,

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with corruption scandals also

polluting the reputation, they don't

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have legally binding powers on him

so he may well stay put and this

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whole thing may drag on even longer.

Do you see anything in the story

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that is new or is it the same one we

were talking about last night?

What

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is new is that they are saying

there's a deadline for him to go but

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they are not saying what it is. We

know, having seen certainly Jacob

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Zuma refusing to go anywhere that I

would put my money on him pushing

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the deadline as far as it goes. Of

course the insinuation or the

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assumption is that so much of that

is to do with the alleged corruption

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against him, that he wants to get

his ducks in a row and probably,

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mixing my knowledge is but

feathering his own net and his ducks

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in a row before he is prepared to

walk away. That is the suspicion.

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He's obviously a canny and cunning

politician, Jacob Zuma would not be

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without a plan to protect himself.

At the least, you knows his back is

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against the wall but they don't

necessarily have power except for

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political pressure to apply on him

so he has survived for years through

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these kind of things so this is why

he knows he can survive yet again.

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Daisy, staying with the Financial

Times, interesting football pricing

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story.

Very interesting because what

we are used do is watching the

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Premier League sell its TV rights

for more and more eye watering sums

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of money every year. Last year we

saw the new player, Beattie sport,

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entering the market, bidding and the

competition between Sky and Beattie

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sport entered the market and pushed

it up astonishingly. -- BT Sport.

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December just gone, Sky and BT Sport

formed a truce and we are wondering

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what it would do to prices and it

has had the reaction we thought it

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would which is that prices have come

down for the first time. They are

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still I watering, the amounts the

Premier League clubs will get from

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selling their TV rights but it is

the first time they have ever gone

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down. Interestingly not all of the

auctions have happened yet and Sky

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can only bid on one more but it will

be interesting to see what impact it

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might have on the future of the

Premier League. The other thing is,

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they are still amazing money and I

think the rest of the British

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economy could learn lessons from how

these clubs revive their own

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fortunes and actually create a lot

of money within the economy and I

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think the wider lessons should be

learned.

Anything to add?

It's a

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sign of how competitive sport is,

given there are other outlets that

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you can watch it online and media

outlets like that so this is the

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squeeze on the price they can demand

but it is still big-ticket stuff.

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Looking at the Metro, the first of

our property stories for the night.

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This is an interesting one about

first-time buyers, you first, any

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surprises in this story?

I think it

is what has led to this, it is not

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suddenly it has become more

affordable, it is not landlords

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dumping properties.

I was interested

in that as well, it is a selling

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story really.

But there are knock-on

effects and benefits and lots of

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supply suddenly and this is how we

have seen the record come through.

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Interestingly, they are saying they

are new results, this is from 2016 -

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17, so there's a bit of a lag in the

stats which is to be expected, but

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first-time buyers, I think it was 36

quite recently so that is a

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significant drop, and their earnings

are 41,000 which is still a lot more

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than your average buyer. But it is

heartening to see however, I think

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what happened with the December

figures, they went down again so

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predictions are that this was a

little spike and that they will go

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down and it will continue to go down

again but it shows that reforming

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the tax system which is what led to

this, reforming the rental tax

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system, does have beneficial effects

of the rest of it. People say you

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tinker with the tax system and it

does not make much difference but in

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this case, it did. It might be a

blip but it made a difference.

And

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the other house prices story,

perhaps less of a blip, perhaps

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quite serious, long-term rises in

prices.

A reminder that the supply

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shortage is still there and the

government, despite its warm words

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on getting house-building going, it

is failing to do it because house

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prices are soaring by £1000 per

month and I'm sorry to hark back to

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Brexit but given we were told that

after the vote, suddenly the prices

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would not be so high...

That is what

the express is saying, it says,

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despite what people say, this is the

boom after the Brexit vote.

There is

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a subtlety that they are missing out

from, it was not they would fall, it

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was that they wouldn't increase by

so much so if anything, the express

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maybe even more excited if they had

voted remain because it would be

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bigger price increases.

I think the

figures show a big north-south

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divide, Scottish house prices have

gone up much more than London which

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you would expect because London

prices are so high already, they

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have gone up by less but in Scotland

I think it is more than 7% which is

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really significant.

Indeed. Staying

with the express, the nice picture

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of the Queen and Prince Charles but

the story, good Prince Charles miss

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out on head of the Commonwealth? --

good Prince Charles. What is the

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express saying?

It is one of those

questions to which the answer is

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almost certainly no, however there

was a big was the secret meeting of

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the Commonwealth great and good at

Marlborough house today and a lot of

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the discussion was clouded in

secrecy and the BBC I think has seen

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the notes of the meeting and one of

the questions to be answered was,

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what does happen when the Queen

dies? Prince Charles will be

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automatically keen, but he will not

automatically be head of the

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Commonwealth. -- be king. But who

else is going to be? The Queen is

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head of state for 15 or 16 of the 53

states of the Commonwealth which is

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far more contentious than whether he

becomes Commonwealth head but I

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think it might be... Would you want

to be head of the Commonwealth?

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Apparently he does.

He's done a lot

for it.

Clearly and he wants to be.

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Running out of time, I want to get

in this lovely Shetland pony, back

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in the Metro, a very nice picture,

we have Meghan Markle in Edinburgh

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at the castle almost wearing the

same as the saddle blanket, it is

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like they coordinated their

wardrobe.

They thought ahead. This

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little Shetland pony was a bit of a

nipper, trying to bite Harry's hand.

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I don't think it was a royalist and

it did a massive coup as they

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approached which the picture editors

have ended out.

And a quick nice

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story on the Telegraph front page,

your paper, Cupid leading the way to

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a patter of tiny feet, what are they

on about?

Stats on the NHS show that

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on Valentines week is the time when

people have a go at trying to

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conceive and have a baby.

And

succeed.

Very much but it amuses me

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that there is a lag, a fortnight

afterwards, people relent on their

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amorous efforts.

Stopped oppressing

us!

Strike while the iron is hot.

By

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the end of February, all romance is

dead by the beginning of March.

That

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the rest of the year but those two

weeks...

A baby boom to be expected.

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Thank you for joining us.

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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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And if you miss the programme any

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evening you can watch it

later on BBC iPlayer

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Thank you Asa Bennett

and Daisy McAndrew.

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Goodbye.

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