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the Churchill family and of course,

once again, BAFTA. I am so grateful

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for this incredible honour, thank

you.

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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 former

Conservative Adviser,

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Giles Kenningham and Torcuil

Crichton, Political Editor

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at The Daily Record.

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Let's have a look at

tomorrow's front pages.

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The Financial Times is leading

with a story about Donald Trump

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lashing out at the FBI

and his national security advisers

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over the Russia investigation.

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A pensions boost for millions.

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The Daily Express says pensions

experts are hailing a "perfect

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cocktail" of conditions that have

boosted many company schemes.

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The 'I' focusses on the new review

of university tuition fees saying

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the reforms will be divisive.

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Power dressing at the BAFTAS.

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The Telegraph pictures British

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actress Florence Pugh who joined

other celebrities dressing

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in all black at tonight's Bafta

awards, in solidarity

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with the Time's Up movement

and victims of sexual assault

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and harassment.

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The Metro also leads on tuition fees

with a quote from the Prime Minister

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saying 'uni fees unfair

and poor value.'

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The Mirror shows a picture

of Keira Ball, who died in a car

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crash, whose heart helped

save the life of a 10 year old boy.

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The Guardian also focusses

on tuition fees saying that

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proposals to reduce charges

for cheaper courses is deemed

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'unworkable' by critics.

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And The Times says that savers

are losing millions to retirement

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fraudsters with a surge in cyber

criminals targeting pension pots.

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So a mix of stories there

in tomorrow's papers.

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We will begin with university

tuition fees. The Guardian's

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reporting that is a is warning to

universities over high cost. Some

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courses might become cheaper?

Yes,

all part of the Tories overhaul of

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tuition fees in an attempt to woo

the youth vote. She is saying that

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some subjects the fees should be

dictated to by their market value to

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the economy. Interestingly, the

Guardian have a chart here were

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saying if you studied medicine and

dentistry you are looking to rake in

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about $35,000 when you leave, if you

do art and design you are looking at

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about £20,000. There are some other

sensible things in the proposals

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that they are rolling out. A push

towards more degrees which last two

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years with a vocational aspect.

Looking at a cap on fees. I have to

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say, I did my own degrees which

lasted for years, it deftly could

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have been done within two years.

Sensible, but these are ideas and

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not policy.

The Labour Party said

they would scrap tuition fees

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altogether and bring us in line with

Scottish universities.

It was 11

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billion when he looked at it and it

would cost more now, would you spend

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that if you are getting a

middle-class subsidy or would you

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put it at the other end at the start

of schooling, with kids from

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working-class areas to boost them to

get into university in the first

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place. It is interesting in the

first instance because it is not

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about Brexit. A story about Theresa

May and the UK government. It is the

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first time we have heard the

government on the front foot on a

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domestic story.

I thought he was

very surefooted, he gave a great

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interview on the Sunday Times,

everybody talking him up as a future

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leader, very sensible and pragmatic.

He is out on Sunday, the headlines

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on Monday morning she will make a

speech tomorrow morning. She sang

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the university fees are too high. --

saying. A lot of people having a go

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at that as well, there has been

blowback already from Justin

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Greening, who was sacked as

education Secretary and from

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universities UK in the eye.

Let's

look at that because the headline is

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tuition fee reform will be divisive.

Penalising poorer students and they

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have got to do something to address

the interest rate that you pay on

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these loans.

Yes, because these are

only one part of it. There is fees

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and then the loans you take out to

survive because they have

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maintenance grants. Then the amount

of money that universities rake in

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from foreign students and the amount

of money that universities pay to

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themselves.

You make a good point,

none of this is costed so how will

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we pay for it? Is no detail at this

point. I suspect the government will

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hide behind the fact that there is a

review going on. With Jeremy Corbyn,

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he said it will be free tuition

fees, after the election they go

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back and say it is an ambition, not

eight promised.

-- not a promise of.

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It is a huge amount of money that

universities have gotten used to

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having.

It is the wrong end of the

Marsh. If you want to get more

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people in, or more poor kids from

working-class areas into university

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you spend money on education at the

beginning of their lives not when

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you are giving middle-class

subsidies.

Let's look at the time.

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We have got a couple of stories

about pensions in different guises

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here. The Times is saying that

savers lose millions to retirement

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fraudsters, targeting pension pots

online.

An incredible story, says

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the law changed in 2015, people over

50 but access and can choose what

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they want to do. People have gone

and advising people on how to spend

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their money. A huge fraud industry

has gone up attending, cloning

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themselves online, cold calling

people and fraud in people out of

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money. They set up websites that

look like legitimate high-street

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names getting people to get their

pension pot out and stick it into

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non- investment. The financial

authority estimates that to an half

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million has been stolen in the last

year from pension pot.

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Fascinatingly, they have cloned the

financial conduct authority 's

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website. If you go to check on their

company against the site, it refers

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you to a clone website that tells

you the company is legitimate.

Which

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talk about how facts here -- they

talk about Halifax being targeted.

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Big-name. What is interesting is,

cyber security, the government will

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spend more on that. It is a new

front.

There is a huge amount of

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money sloshing around which in the

past was safely stored away.

It

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would have been locked up.

It says

here...

Don't invest in anything

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else!

They are not qualified to give

advice. The Daily Express has a more

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positive story about pensions.

Pensions boost the millions.

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Deficits have gone down because of a

perfect cocktail of conditions,

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apparently.

They are saying the

surge in the stock market has helped

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to replace £50 billion in deficit

and comes as a huge relief to

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millions of employers in their final

salary pensions scheme. Great but I

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think they miss out because the

stock markets are quite volatile.

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Also, a lot of so what? Is this

doesn't affect you tomorrow morning

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unless you are retiring tomorrow

morning. It is a bit like pensions

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themselves, it is like never-never

land. Let's put that to one side for

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another day.

And a lot of people

don't even have access to their

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pension scheme and never have.

They

are increasing in the minority,

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aren't they?

Look at the Financial

Times, Richard Hammond -- Philip

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Hammond to drop.

We knew that there

was going to be a smaller budget, we

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didn't know that small.

The box

office still being a somewhat ironic

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nickname. -- docs office filled.

That was his nickname back on the

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day.

Kind of ironic. He has picked

the net publicity box, it will be 15

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minutes long, no red Ox is. -- box.

Did in the previous chancellors toy

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with the idea of not bothering with

it any more?

There was the whole

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thing about having one budget a

year, most advanced economies in the

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West only have one.

We have two

because Gordon Brown wanted two

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hits.

The only thing I would say

against that is that at the moment

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we are in a huge time of uncertainty

but it might be a good idea that we

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had a bit more than 20 minutes to

reassure the world that we are a

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good place to invest. I am sure Phil

it -- I am sure Phil knows best. You

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guys will fill the void with a lot

of speculation.

The budget used to

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be the use day in Westminster now

they want to take it off.

Is still

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24 hours a day of light and

continuous use channels to sell.

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Thanks very much Philip Hammond. The

Telegraph is where we will finish.

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Power dressing at the BAFTA's. This

is an actress looking defiant in

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support of the movement to tackle

sexual harassment in the film

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industry and in particular she is

also wearing black like a lot of

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people chose to do on the red

carpet.

Power dressing at best, most

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of the female guest we're chose to

wear black. They chose it to put

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focus on to the meat to campaign and

culture of abuse of power and sexual

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harassment. -- Apra to. They want to

change that and they will but as we

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were saying earlier on, these things

don't change at award ceremonies,

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they change earlier on in industry

and earlier on in the development of

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movies and scripts who has the power

on who green lights movies, who

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writes movies and directs them.

I

know it feels like there is a

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sizeable shift going on in relation

to tackling inequality, sexism, it

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is not just isolated towards the

film industry, it is spilling out of

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a charity set and politics and into

many other films.

The actress

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pictured there, with two of the

women from the date on...

Two of

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them. -- Dagenham. The Dagenham

strike was all about equal pay, it

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was good in name but not good in

nature because women are still

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earning less. It was nice to take

along these two women.

Part of a

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campaign from so long ago that is

still not complete. Let's finish

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with hidden calories fuelling

obesity. Don't nibble on anything

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before you go to bed. We are all

eating too much but particularly men

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do.

We are the worst offenders.

Apparently an obesity crisis is

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being filled by the average person

eating 50% more calories than they

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realise that has come down to lack

of portion control and people eating

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more meals outside of the home. I am

definitely on the fence.

That is

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good of you to declare that.

It is a

good old STAT story. Where are they

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from? They are from an official STAT

agency. They asked people to

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estimate how much there were eating

over a four-day period and men

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estimated they were eating 2000

calories per day, in fact they were

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3500. The women estimated they were

eating thousand 500 and were eating

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just over 2000.

What I find is that

Britain is the fattest country in

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western Europe, which I didn't

realise. The sugar tax is coming

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into force in April, which they

reckon will rake in £520 million,

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which will be earmarked to get

sports in primary schools, getting

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kids at its. Clearly it is a

problem. We hear stories every day

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about the obesity crisis.

It is a

worldwide problem, other countries

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have got the sugar tax in, it does

seem to work. In the 1970s, talking

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about Dagenham and their workers, 2%

of the population were obese, now it

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is 45%. -- 25%.

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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.

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7 days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers

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and if you miss the programme any

evening you can watch it

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later on BBC iPlayer.

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Thank you Giles and Torcuil.

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